Caroline O. Chua, MD


Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida 6535 Nemours Parkway Orlando, FL 32827 Appointment: (407) 650-7715

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

I was born and raised in the southern Philippines. After I married, we moved a lot — from Taiwan to Virginia to New York to Pennsylvania. Some of these moves were for my continuing education and training. They taught me to be adaptable in the rapidly changing world of medicine, where new discoveries can have profound effects on patient care.

Why I Treat Children

Sending happy, healthy babies home with their parents is so rewarding. Extremely premature babies stay with us for months, so we often form lasting friendships with their families. Many send cards or come by to ""show off"" their children as they grow up. It is immensely satisfying to know that I’ve made the world better for a child and a family.

What I'm Passionate About

I care deeply about providing the best possible outcomes for the most fragile, tiniest babies in the NICU (ICU for newborns). Part of that is finding and implementing better ways to optimally address their medical challenges. This is why I am also passionate about research opportunities in a field so filled with clinical and scientific questions.

How I Try to Make A Difference

I like to work with parents and providers to improve developmental care in the neonatal unit. This care optimizes the infant’s long-term neurodevelopment (normal brain and nervous system maturation), both in terms of outcome and the ability to adapt throughout life, and it decreases the negatives of being born prematurely and sick.

Education & Training


  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - New York Medical College, 2009


  • Manila Chinese General Hospital, 1990


  • Pediatrics - Manila Chinese General Hospital, 1993

Internship Residency

  • Pediatrics - Flushing Hospital Medical Center, 2006

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - University of the East, 1989

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics/Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • American Board of Pediatrics/General Pediatrics

Awards & Recognition

  • 2007 Young Investigator Award Grant, American Academy of Pediatrics, Neonatal Resuscitation Program

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida (FKA Prestige Health Choice)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Evolutions Healthcare
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Florida Medicare
  • Health First Health Plans
  • HealthSmart Health Plans PPO
  • Humana HMO/POS
  • Humana PPO/EPO
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO ORL
  • Prime Health Services PPO Specialty Florida
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services
  • United Healthcare Commercial Products
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO

Research Activities

  • Evidence-based intervention
  • Extremely low birth weight infants
  • Neurodevelopmental outcomes
  • Neonatal follow up

Medical Interests

  • Extreme prematurity
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
  • Intra-ventricular hemorrhage
  • Neurodevelopmental outcomes in high-risk neonates

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Filipino
  • Tagalog