Brian L. Montenegro, M.D. Neonatal Pediatric Medicine

Brian Montenegro, MD

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My inspiration for becoming a pediatric doctor really started with my own pediatrician while I was growing up. She was an older woman and was always very nice, very kind. When people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the first thing I thought of was her. I specialize in neonatal intensive care. With infants in intensive care, you can make a huge impact in their lives right when they are born.

The two biggest issues we see in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have to do with their lungs and their feeding. The lungs are one of the last things to mature in the developing baby, so when they are born prematurely, they need help to breath. Sometimes they need a machine to help them or sometimes they may need oxygen and pressure to push the air in.

As for feeding, sometimes the premature baby cannot do something that is very basic to sustaining life: eat. They have not developed the coordination to suckle and swallow. They need nutrition through an IV or feeding tubes.

I know that parents with a child in the NICU are scared. I always try to let them know that I think of their kids as my kids. I truly think that way and feel that way. I am a parent, and I worry about my kids, too, so I will do as much as I can so that we don't have to worry and can be sure they'll be OK.

It brings me the greatest joy when a child is born with these kinds of problems and I am able to help fix the issue immediately or within hours or minutes. It also makes me happy to see parents and kids as they grow up after being in the NICU. I often keep in touch. Parents are grateful on a level that can't really be described. It's hard to put into words when someone thanks you for their child's life.

I think of myself as someone who helps to make people's lives better. I do that through my work but also outside of work with friends and family.

When I am not working, I am active playing sports, swimming and reading nonfiction.


1860 Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 145
Fairfield, CA 94534

Medical degree, Tufts University school of Medicine, Boston Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Honors/Awards:
Educator of the Year, 2011-12, David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB
Educator of the Year, 2012-13, David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB

  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
Languages Spoken:

  • English,Spanish

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