Balaji Govindaswami, MD, MPH

Chair, Pediatric Preventative and Addiction Medicine; Chief, Division of Neonatology; Director, Neonatal Intensive Care


Clinical Interests

Hospital Privileges


Dr. Govindaswami is an internationally renowned physician and public health champion, committed to variety of health and social causes for women and children. He has influenced a generation of trainees in medicine, nursing and public health. He returned to Appalachia after 30 years in California and lives in the southeast hills of Huntington, West Virginia, with spouse James Donald Whitaker, Jr,. and their four furry babies, Oso, Tai(ga), Chloe and Kali.

Education & Training

  • Graduate: University of Alabama (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Medical School: College of Medicine, University of Lagos (Idi-Araba, Nigeria)
  • Residency: University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Fellowship: University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, Calif.)
  • Fellowship: University of California, San Diego - Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) (La Jolla, Calif.)

Honors & Memberships

  • America's Top Doctor since 2001, Castle Connolly
  • Board Member, Legacy Society, VMC Foundation, Silicon Valley
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • International Faculty, Addis Ababa University, Vermont-Oxford Network
  • Member, Society for Pediatric Research
  • Past (22nd President), California Association of Neonatology
  • Presidents and Victory Society, March of Dimes


  • Certified: American Board of Pediatrics, subspecialty certification in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Additional Languages

  • Tamil, Hindi, French, Spanish

Marshall Pediatrics

1600 Medical Center Drive
3rd Floor
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-691-1300
Toll-Free Phone: 877-691-1600

Map & Directions

Nudelman MJR, Belogolovsky E, Jegatheesan P, Govindaswami B, Song D. 2020. Effect of Delayed Cord Clamping on Umbilical Blood Gas Values in Term Newborns: A Systematic Review. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 2 7;135(3):576-582.
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Maddox T, Haas J, Andrews L, Redman H, Govindaswami B, Davies TH. 2020. Increasing Number of Unusual Brain Abnormalities Seen in Rural West Virginia 2020;6(4)

Nudelman MJ, Goel K, Jegatheesan P, Song D, Huang A, Govindaswami B. 2019. Haematocrit in <35 weeks preterm infants who received at least 60 seconds of delayed cord clamping: a retrospective observational study. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2019 10 28;3(1):e000531.
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Jegatheesan P, Belogolovsky E, Nudelman M, Song D, Govindaswami B. 2019. Neonatal outcomes in preterm multiples receiving delayed cord clamping. Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2019 3 22;104(6):F575-F581.
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Song D, Jegatheesan P, Nafday S, Ahmad KA, Nedrelow J, Wearden M, Nemerofsky S, Pooley S, Thompson D, Vail D, Cornejo T, Cohen Z, Govindaswami B. 2019. Patterned frequency-modulated oral stimulation in preterm infants: A multicenter randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE. 2019 12 18;14(2):e0212675.
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Govindaswami B, Nudelman M, Narasimhan SR, Huang A, Misra S, Urquidez G, Kifle A, Stemmle M, Angell C, Patel R, Anderson C, Song D, DeSandre G, Byrne J, Jegatheesan P. 2019. Eliminating Risk of Intubation in Very Preterm Infants with Noninvasive Cardiorespiratory Support in the Delivery Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Biomed Res Int. 2019 5 28;2019:5984305.
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Govindaswami B, Jegatheesan P, Nudelman M, Narasimhan SR. 2019. Prevention of Prematurity: Advances and Opportunities. Clin Perinatol. 2019 4 10;45(3):579-595.
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Jegatheesan P, Nudelman M, Goel K, Song D, Govindaswami B. 2018. Perfusion index in healthy newborns during critical congenital heart disease screening at 24 hours: retrospective observational study from the USA. BMJ Open. 2018 8 11;7(12):e017580.
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Handley SC, Steinhorn RH, Hopper AO, Govindaswami B, Bhatt DR, Van Meurs KP, Ariagno RL, Gould JB, Lee HC. 2018. Inhaled nitric oxide use in preterm infants in California neonatal intensive care units. J Perinatol. 2018 2 10;36(8):635-9.
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Van Naarden Braun K, Grazel R, Koppel R, Lakshminrusimha S, Lohr J, Kumar P, Govindaswami B, Giuliano M, Cohen M, Spillane N, Jegatheesan P, McClure D, Hassinger D, Fofah O, Chandra S, Allen D, Axelrod R, Blau J, Hudome S, Assing E, Garg LF. 2017. Evaluation of critical congenital heart defects screening using pulse oximetry in the neonatal intensive care unit. J Perinatol. 2017 7 28;37(10):1117-1123.
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Barlow SM, Maron JL, Alterovitz G, Song D, Wilson BJ, Jegatheesan P, Govindaswami B, Lee J, Rosner AO. 2017. Somatosensory Modulation of Salivary Gene Expression and Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2017 6 16;6(6):e113.
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Patel R, Nudelman M, Olarewaju A, Pooley SW, Jegatheesan P, Song D, Govindaswami B. 2017. Homecare and Healthcare Utilization Errors Post-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Discharge. Adv Neonatal Care. 2017 3 3;17(4):258-264.
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Greenberg RG, Cochran KM, Smith PB, Edson BS, Schulman J, Lee HC, Govindaswami B, Pantoja A, Hardy D, Curran J, Lin D, Kuo S, Noguchi A, Ittmann P, Duncan S, Gupta M, Picarillo A, Karna P, Cohen M, Giuliano M, Carroll S, Page B, Guzman-Cottrill J, Walker MW, Garland J, Ancona JK, Ellsbury DL, Laughon MM, McCaffrey MJ. 2016. Effect of Catheter Dwell Time on Risk of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection in Infants. Pediatrics. 2016 4 8;136(6):1080-6.
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Song D, Jegatheesan P, DeSandre G, Govindaswami B. 2016. Duration of Cord Clamping and Neonatal Outcomes in Very Preterm Infants. PLoS ONE. 2016 6 1;10(9):e0138829.
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Manani M, Jegatheesan P, DeSandre G, Song D, Showalter L, Govindaswami B. 2014. Elimination of admission hypothermia in preterm very low-birth-weight infants by standardization of delivery room management. Perm J. 2014 8 26;17(3):8-13.
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Song D, Jegatheesan P, Weiss S, Govindaswami B, Wang J, Lee J, Oder A, Barlow SM. 2014. Modulation of EEG spectral edge frequency during patterned pneumatic oral stimulation in preterm infants. Pediatr. Res. 2014 9 30;75(1-1):85-92.
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Barlow SM, Jegatheesan P, Weiss S, Govindaswami B, Wang J, Lee J, Oder A, Song D. 2014. Amplitude-integrated EEG and range-EEG modulation associated with pneumatic orocutaneous stimulation in preterm infants. J Perinatol. 2014 10 25;34(3):213-9.
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Jegatheesan P, Song D, Angell C, Devarajan K, Govindaswami B. 2013. Oxygen saturation nomogram in newborns screened for critical congenital heart disease. Pediatrics. 2013 8 21;131(6):e1803-10.
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Singh BS, Gilbert U, Singh S, Govindaswami B. 2013. Sidestream microstream end tidal carbon dioxide measurements and blood gas correlations in neonatal intensive care unit. Pediatr. Pulmonol. 2013 8 10;48(3):250-6.
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Kemper AR, Mahle WT, Martin GR, Cooley WC, Kumar P, Morrow WR, Kelm K, Pearson GD, Glidewell J, Grosse SD, Howell RR. 2012. Strategies for implementing screening for critical congenital heart disease. Pediatrics. 2012 1 25;128(5):e1259-67.
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Powers RJ, Wirtschafter D, Perinatal Quality Improvement Panel of the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative. 2010. Prevention of Group B Streptococcus early-onset disease: a toolkit by the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative. J Perinatol. 2010 6 9;30(2):77-87.
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Wang CL, Anderson C, Leone TA, Rich W, Govindaswami B, Finer NN. 2008. Resuscitation of preterm neonates by using room air or 100% oxygen. Pediatrics. 2008 6 4;121(6):1083-9.
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Courtney SE, Durand DJ, Asselin JM, Hudak ML, Aschner JL, Shoemaker CT, Neonatal Ventilation Study Group. 2002. High-frequency oscillatory ventilation versus conventional mechanical ventilation for very-low-birth-weight infants. N. Engl. J. Med. 2002 8 30;347(9):643-52.
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Lehman HF, Dowling EA, Barnes JR, Lockwood SA, Govindaswami B. 1988. Incidence of uterine cancer and precursor lesions in Alabama women in 1983. Ala J Med Sci. 1988 10 1;25(4):383-8.
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