Marshall Health, Hoops Family Children’s Hospital welcome new neonatology division chief


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of MedicineMarshall Health and Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital medical and dental staff welcome Balaji Govindaswami, M.D., M.P.H., to their pediatric teams of providers. 

“Dr. Govindaswami will provide a new clinical perspective to our pediatrics care team,” said Joseph E. Evans, M.D., chair of the department of pediatrics at the Marshall School of Medicine. “He will also lead our research efforts, particularly those involved with neonatal drug addiction.”

Govindaswami is a board-certified pediatrician with sub-specialty certification in neonatal-perinatal medicine. He has been named chief of the division of neonatology within the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and a professor. He will also serve as the medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital. 

Govindaswami recently served as the chief of the division of neonatology and director of the regional NICU at Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System in San Jose, California, and a clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. He has also served as the associate director of the NICU at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and an attending neonatologist at Cedars-Sinai, St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, and UCI Medical Center in Orange, California.

U.S. News and World report has recognized Govindaswami as one of the “Best Doctors in America” three years in a row. Other honors include Castle Connolly “Top Doc for 10 Years” award, distinguished teaching recognition on the Stanford University Honor Roll and multiple March of Dimes awards.

Govindaswami received his medical degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and his master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, and a neonatal/perinatal fellowship at the University of California in San Diego.

“Dr. Govindaswami brings an exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge and experience,” said Eduardo Pino, M.D., medical director of Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. “We are very excited to have him here.”


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