Attending Neonatologist
Clinical Professor (Clinician Educator), Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Dr. Vladana Milisavljevic is an attending neonatologist at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician Educator) at Keck School of Medicine of USC and serves as the Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica. She is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Dr. Milisavljevic received her Medical Doctor and Master of Science degrees from University of Belgrade School of Medicine, Serbia. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Public Health Research Institute, New York and an Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Dermatology, New York University Medical Center. She completed pediatrics residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. After residency, Dr. Milisavljevic joined Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons at the New York Presbyterian Hospital as an Instructor in Clinical Pediatrics, where she subsequently completed a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship. She was an attending neonatologist at the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA from 2003-2012, and the Associate Clinical Director for Research from 2012-2017 in the NICU at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Milisavljevic held academic appointments from Assistant Clinical Professor to Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA form 2013-2017.


Medical School: 

School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia


New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Pediatrics


Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine



General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: 

California Association of Neonatologists, Board Member
American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
Western Society of Pediatric Research
Society of Pediatric Research


October Prize of the City of Belgrade
Young Investigator Travel Award
K12 NICHD / Child Health Research Career Development Award
2010 Stein Oppenheimer Endowment Award
Outstanding Tutor Awards, 2008-2016, David Geffen School Of Medicine at UCLA

Other Information

Specialty Interest: 

Prevention of healthcare-associated infections, development of neonatal microbiome, quality improvement in high-risk deliveries, family-centered patient care


Milisavljevic, V, Garg, M, Vuletic, I, Miller, JF, Kim, L, Cunningham, TD, and Schröder, I, Prospective Assessment of the Gastroesophageal Microbiome in VLBW Neonates, BMC Pediatr. 2013, Apr 5;13(1):49. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23560555

Weaver, WM, Dharmaraja, S, Milisavljevic, V and Di Carlo, D. The Effects Of Shear Stress On Isolated Receptor - Ligand Interactions of Staphylococcus epidermidis And Human Plasma Fibrinogen Using Molecularly Patterned Microfluidics, Lab Chip. 2011, Jan 20. PMID: 21249255

Weaver, WM, Milisavljevic, V**, Miller, JF and Di Carlo, D, Fluid Flow Induces Biofilm Formation in Staphylococcus epidermidis Polysaccharide Intracellular Adhesin-positive Clinical Isolates, Appl Environ Microbiol, 2012, 78(16):5890. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01139-12. Published Ahead of Print 15 June 2012, (**corresponding author)

Milisavljevic, V, Tran LP, Batmalle, C, Bootsma, HJ, Benzyl Alcohol and Ethanol Can Enhance the Pathogenic Potential of Clinical S. epidermidis Strains, Am J Infect Control, 2008 October, 36(8) 552-558. PMID: 18926307

Ammari, A, Suri, MS, Milisavljevic, V, Sahni, R, Bateman, D, Sanocka, U, Ruzal-Shapiro, C, Wung, J T, Polin, R A, Variables Associated with the Early Failure of Nasal CPAP in Very Low Birth Weight Infants, J Pediatr. 2005 Sep;147(3):341-7. PMID: 16182673

Research Interests: 

Dr. Milisavljevic’s research has been focused on the healthcare-associated infections, in particular, mechanisms of colonization and pathogenesis of Staphylococcus epidermidis, as well as early development of microbiome. She has published articles in peer reviewed journals, authored book chapters, gave numerous invited talks and presented at national and international conferences. 

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