Priscilla Joe, MD
Associate Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Director, ECMO program

Medical School: University of California, Irvine, California

Residency: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Fellowship: Neonatology, University of California, San Francisco

Board Certification: Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Priscilla Joe, MD, is the associate director of the intensive care nursery at Children’s Hospital Oakland. She specializes in treating critically ill babies and can discuss a wide range of conditions and treatments related to premature babies and infants with serious illnesses, injuries or birth defects. Dr. Joe is especially interested in improving care for infants with heart and lung failure.

She is also the director of our pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program, which uses advanced technology to support infants, children and teenagers whose hearts and/or lungs are weak or failing. Children’s Hospital Oakland has one of only four ECMO programs in Northern California. Dr. Joe also volunteers with two humanitarian groups, Project Vietnam and the East Meets West Foundation, which provide medical training, funding and medical equipment to third-world countries. She travels to Vietnam twice a year.


  • Premature and critically ill infants
  • Birth defects
  • Chronic lung disease in babies
  • Severe respiratory failure
  • ECMO therapy

Compelling Fact

Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is one of the most common lung disorders in premature babies. It affects about 10 of every 100 premature infants in the United States, or about 40,000 babies, each year. In fact, nearly all babies born before 28 weeks of pregnancy develop RDS. Annual RDS deaths decreased from 25,000 in the 1960’s to 831 in 2003, most likely due to advances in science and medicine.

Sources: American Lung Association & National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

ECMO Therapy
ECMO, which stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, uses technology similar to that found in heart-lung bypass machines. ECMO functions as a replacement for a critically ill child's heart and/or lungs. It is used to support a child who is awaiting surgery, or to give a child's vital organs time to recover from heart surgery or disease.


Professional Achievements

  • Oakland magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2009-2010 (nat'l survey)
  • Leader for the Neonatal Training Team, Project Vietnam, 2007
  • Newborn Initiative Training Team for Project Vietnam, AAP California Chapter, 2006

Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on International Child Health
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics
  • Member, California Association of Neonatologists

Appointment & Referral Information

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