Thomas Shimotake, MD

Co-director of the Neurointensive Care Nursery

Dr. Thomas Shimotake is a neonatologist in the William H. Tooley Intensive Care Unit, where he cares for newborns ranging from extremely premature infants to full term babies with severe birth defects. He also is co-director of the Neurointensive Care Nursery (NICN), where he and the NICN team have developed new protocols, based on research, to treat babies at risk for brain injuries that were previously thought to be untreatable.

His research interests include neonatal lung diseases such as respiratory distress syndrome, a condition that afflicts premature babies; brain injury and repair in newborns; and simulation-based training in pediatrics for medical students and residents. He is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at UCSF and the fellowship training director for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He's a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of their Perinatal Section. He's also a member of the California Association of Neonatologists.


Fetal Treatment Center
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor, Room A-2432
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (800) 793-3887
Fax: (415) 502-0660

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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University of Illinois School of Medicine 1997


University of Chicago Medical Center, Pediatrics 2000


University of Chicago Medical Center, Neonatology 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Cornet MC, Pasupuleti A, Fang A, Gonzalez F, Shimotake T, Ferriero DM, Glass HC, Cilio MR. Predictive value of early EEG for seizures in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy undergoing therapeutic hypothermia. Pediatr Res. 2018 May 03.
  2. Mrelashvili A, Bonifacio SL, Rogers EE, Shimotake TK, Glass HC. Outcome After Therapeutic Hypothermia in Term Neonates With Encephalopathy and a Syndromic Diagnosis. J Child Neurol. 2015 Oct; 30(11):1453-8.
  3. Akula VP, Joe P, Thusu K, Davis AS, Tamaresis JS, Kim S, Shimotake TK, Butler S, Honold J, Kuzniewicz M, DeSandre G, Bennett M, Gould J, Wallenstein MB, Van Meurs K. A randomized clinical trial of therapeutic hypothermia mode during transport for neonatal encephalopathy. J Pediatr. 2015 Apr; 166(4):856-61.e1-2.

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