Elvira Parravicini, MD

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Pediatrics (Board Certified)
Languages: Italian


Elvira Parravicini, MD, is a perinatologist/neonatologist, Director of the Neonatal Comfort Care Program, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center.

Her passion for helping the most fragile patients in the neonatal population inspired Dr. Parravicini to create a unique and innovative program for infants affected by life-limiting or terminal conditions. The Neonatal Comfort Care Program addresses the complex medical and non-medical needs of infants and their families. The multidisciplinary Neonatal Comfort Care team includes a nurse coordinator, social worker, speech pathologist, child life specialist, psychologist, and chaplaincy. They work together to establish a state of comfort for babies in a compassionate, loving environment.

Dr. Parravicini is also actively involved with the Center for Prenatal Pediatrics, for which she provides prenatal counseling and coordinates postnatal care plans for high-risk pregnancies. She works closely with specialists from maternal-fetal medicine, cardiology, pediatric surgery, and other disciplines to provide evidence-based, comprehensive care to infants with complex medical problems.

In addition, Dr. Parravicini studies kidney development. Her research focuses on the molecule UNGAL (Urine Neutrophil Gelatinase Associated Lipocalin) in infants with low birth weights. She discovered that UNGAL is an early marker of late-onset sepsis (pending patent) and has also established a reference range of this molecule for premature infants.

Dr. Parravicini believes each baby’s life is precious and should be welcomed and cherished. She is committed to giving babies a better chance toward healthy life, when recovery is possible, and to improving their quality of life through the most challenging conditions.

Area of Expertise

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Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]

Emblem/GHI [HMO, Medicare Managed Care, PPO]

Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

Local 1199 [Local 1199]

MagnaCare [MagnaCare]

Multiplan [Multiplan]

Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]


UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]


University of Milano - Italy

Internship: University of Milano Affiliated Hospitals - Italy

Residency: New York University Medical Center

Residency: University of Milano Affiliated Hospitals - Italy

Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center


NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC