Caraciolo J. Fernandes, MD, MBA


School Education Degree Year
University of Tennessee masters Master of Business Admnistration 2018
Baylor College of Medicine residency Pediatrics 1998
Baylor College of Medicine fellowship Neonatal-Perinatal 1997
King Edward Memorial Hospital fellowship Neonatology 1993
Grant Medical College - India residency Pediatrics 1989
Grant Medical College - India medical school Doctor of Medicine 1986
Grant Medical College - India internship Rotating Internship 1986

Personal Statement

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 a clinician-educator, he enjoys working with Baylor College of Medicine (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 (QI) initiatives, simulation training for fellows, and discussions about challenging diagnostic and ethical clinical cases. He is a BCM QI Faculty and Coach in the Baylor Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

Nationally, he is a past member of Executive Committee of the Section of Transport Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and an editor of the inaugural edition of the Field Guide for Air and Ground Transport of Neonatal and Pediatric Patients that was introduced at the AAP National conference in Orlando, FL in November 2018. He is a senior editor of “Guidelines for the Acute Care of the Neonate,” currently in its 29th annual revision, a handbook that has served as a resource for health-caregivers at Baylor-affiliated institutions for over two decades, and, currently, for practitioners in over 50 countries. In 2013, with a vision of improving neonatal care globally, the Baylor Neonatology Section made the .pdf version of the “Baylor Neo Guidelines” available for free download for all caregivers who wished a copy.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Member; Editor (inaugural edition, 2018) Field Guide for Air and Ground Transport of Neonatal and Pediatric Patients; Past Member of the Executive Committee of the Section of Transport Medicine
Indian Academy of Pediatrics Member
Texas Pediatric Society Committee Member on Fetus and Newborn

Selected Publications

Bruns AS, Lau PE, Dhillon GS, Hagan J, Kailin JA, Mallory GB, Lohmann P, Olutoye OO, Ruano R, Fernandes CJ. Predictive value of oxygenation index for outcomes in left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg 2018.

Carpenter JL, Yu YR, Cass DL, Olutoye OO, Thomas JA, Burgman C, Fernandes CJ, Lee TC. Use of venovenous ECMO for neonatal and pediatric ECMO: a decade of experience at a tertiary children's hospital. Pediatr Surg Int 2018.

Belfort MA, Olutoye OO, Cass DL, Olutoye OA, Cassady CI, Mehollin-Ray AR, Shamshirsaz AA, Cruz SM, Lee TC, Mann DG, Espinoza J, Welty SE, Fernandes CJ, Ruano R. Feasibility and Outcomes of Fetoscopic Tracheal Occlusion for Severe Left Diaphragmatic Hernia. Obstet Gynecol 2017 Jan;129(1):20-29.

Stafford TD, Hagan JL, Sitler CG, Fernandes CJ, Kaiser JR. Therapeutic Hypothermia During Neonatal Transport: Active Cooling Helps Reach the Target. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag 2016 Sep 27.

Darland LK, Dinh KL, Kim S, Placencia JL, Varghese NP, Ruiz F, Mallory GB, Fernandes CJ. Evaluating the safety of intermittent intravenous sildenafil in infants with pulmonary hypertension. Pediatr Pulmonol 2016 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27340796.

Lohmann P, Lee TC, Kearney DL, Fernandes CJ. Pre-cannulation lung biopsy shortens ECMO course. Pediatr Surg Int 2016 Apr 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27086306.

Ruano R, Lazar DA, Cass DL, Zamora IJ, Lee TC, Cassady CI, Mehollin-Ray A, Welty S, Fernandes CJ, Haeri S, Belfort MA, Olutoye OO. Fetal lung volume and quantification of liver herniation by magnetic resonance imaging in isolated congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2014 Jun;43(6):662-9.

Lazar DA, Cass DL, Olutoye OO, Kim ES, Welty SE, Fernandes CJ, Lee TC. Venovenous cannulation for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation using a bicaval dual-lumen catheter in neonates. J Pediatr Surg 2012; 47(2):430-4.

Reuter SD, O’Donovan DJ, Hegemier SE, Smith EO, Heird WC, Fernandes CJ. Urinary F2-Isoprostanes as Prognostic Indicators in the Development of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. 2007 J Perinatol 2007 May;27(5):303-6. Epub 2007 Mar 15.

Fernandes CJ, O’Donovan DJ. Platelet Transfusions in Infants with Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Current Hematology Reports 5: (1):76-81; 2006.

Jeha GS, Venkatesh MP, Edelen RC, Kienstra KA, Karaviti L, Fernandes CJ. Neonatal diabetes mellitus: patient reports and review of current knowledge and clinical practice. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab 18(11):1095-102; 2005.

Kenton AB, Hegemier S, Smith EO, O'Donovan DJ, Brandt ML, Cass DL, Helmrath MA, Washburn K, Weihe EK, Fernandes CJ. Platelet Transfusions in Infants with Necrotizing Enterocolitis Do Not Lower Mortality but May Increase Morbidity. J Perinatology 25(3): 173-7; 2005.

O’Donovan DJ, Fernandes CJ. Free Radicals and Diseases in Premature Infants. Antioxidants and Redox Signaling 6 (1): 169-76; 2004.

Jasper J, Clark WD, Cabrera-Meza G, Berseth CL, Fernandes CJ. Whose Child Is It Anyway? Resolving Parent-Physician conflict in the NICU setting. American Journal of Perinatology 20 (7): 373-80; 2003.

O’Donovan DJ, Fernandes CJ. Mitochondrial glutathione and oxidative stress: implications for pulmonary oxygen toxicity in premature infants published in Molecular Genetics & Metabolism 71 (1-2): 352-8; 2000.

Fernandes CJ; Hagan R; Frieberg A; Grauaug A; Kohan R Erythropoietin in very preterm infants. J. Paediatr. Child Health 30:356-359; 1994.

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