Dr. Caraciolo Fernandes is an academic neonatologist whose clinical experience and training spans three different countries/continents (India/Asia, Australia and the United States) and over three decades. He has been at Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine since 1994.
In the Texas Children’s Hospital Newborn Center, he serves as the Medical Director for Neonatal Transport. He was the founding Program Director for the Section of Neonatology’s Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) programs from 2015 to 2020.
As clinician-educator, he enjoys working with BCM students, residents and fellows whose questioning minds help him learn daily. He is actively involved in various aspects of Neonatology Fellows’ education, including crafting the Baylor Neo ‘Summer School’, mentoring fellows, clinical bedside teaching, ECMO rounds, etc. He enjoys participating in multi-disciplinary clinical research, quality improvement initiatives, simulation training for fellows, and discussions about challenging diagnostic and ethical clinical cases.
Dr. Fernandes is a senior editor of “Guidelines for the Acute Care of the Neonate” (currently in its 28th annual revision), a handbook that has served as a resource for health-caregivers at Baylor-affiliated institutions for over two decades. In 2013, with a vision of improving neonatal care globally, the Baylor Neonatology Section made the pdf version of the guidelines available at no cost for all caregivers who wished a copy; https://www.bcm.edu/departments/pediatrics/sections-divisions-centers/neonatology/publications/physician. So far, the guidelines have been downloaded by practitioners in over 70 countries.