Arthur D'Harlingue, MD
Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Medical School: St. Louis Univeristy School of Medicine, St. Louis

Residency: Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Francisco

Stanford Univeristy Medical Center, Stanford, California

Fellowship: Neonatology, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California

Board Certification: Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine



Art D’Harlingue, MD, is an expert in neonatology and heads our newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Our NICU is one of the largest in northern California and is the designated high-risk nursery for Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Dr. D’Harlingue’s patients are often fragile infants weighing less than a pound. These tiny patients require delicate procedures integrating cutting-edge clinical research and state-of-the-art clinical care. Dr. D’Harlingue feels comfortable discussing any topic related to the care and survival of critically ill infants.

Compelling Fact

Heart defects are among the most common birth defects, and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths for infants. More than 40,000 infants, one of every 125 are born with heart defects each year in the United States.

Source: March of Dimes and the American Heart Association


  • Oversees infants with congenital abnormalities, such as intestinal and cardiac defects, and premature infants
  • ECMO
  • Cerebral cooling
  • Nutrition in premature infants

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a form of long-term heart-lung bypass used to treat infants in cardiac and/or respiratory failure. Currently, the hospital has one of only four ECMO centers in Northern California.

Cerebral (brain) Cooling
Brain cooling is a new, cutting-edge technique for babies suffering from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. HIE occurs when a baby is born with asphyxia or a lack of oxygen to the brain. The brain cooling cap resembles a shower cap. It circulates cool water around a newborn’s head; cooling helps limit the degree of brain injury, enabling the brain to recover. During the process, the infant’s body temperature is lowered to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius or 93.2 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit for 72 hours. Lowering a baby’s core temperature reduces brain damage by limiting secondary changes after an initial injury.

Professional Achievements

  • Oakland magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2009-2010 (nat'l survey)
  • Awarded the status of Honorary Professor at the University of Leningrad in 1990

Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, National Perinatal Association
  • Member, Western Society of Pediatric Research
  • Member, California Association of Neonatologists

Appointment & Referral Information

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