NICU Leadership
Critical Care

NICU Leadership

Brian Barkemeyer, MD

Brian Barkemeyer, MD

Dr. Brian Barkemeyer is Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and has been a neonatologist at Children’s Hospital since 1993; he has served as head of the section of neonatology at LSU since 1998. He holds the Sheila Gottschalk Professorship of Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Barkemeyer is a New Orleans native who received undergraduate and medical degrees from LSU followed by Pediatrics residency at LSU/Charity Hospital/Children’s Hospital and neonatology fellowship at the combined LSU/Tulane University program.

He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Dr. Barkemeyer became interested in the field of neonatology early during his residency training based on the acuity and complexity of vulnerable infants. He continues to be inspired by the challenges faced and resiliency shown by these infants and their families.

As a clinician-educator, Dr. Barkemeyer has enjoyed playing a role in the education of many medical students, residents, and trainees over his career.

As service line director for neonatology at Children’s Hospital, Dr. Barkemeyer oversees patient care and program development at several LCMC NICUs.

Jamie Wiggins MS, RN
Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer

Jamie Wiggins MS, RN

As Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, Wiggins serves as Children's Hospital's executive over non-physician clinical services including radiology, pharmacy, laboratory, rehabilitative services, and nursing. Wiggins joined the Children’s Hospital leadership team in 2017 as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.

Prior to joining Children’s, Wiggins held leadership positions at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Children’s Minnesota, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He comes from a background of working in pediatric hospitals, having served as the senior director for Clinical Services at Children's Hospital of Minnesota and most recently as the administrative director for Inpatient Services at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, FL. Mr. Wiggins earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of San Francisco and his Master of Science degree from the University of California - San Francisco and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Benjamin Price, MSN, RN
Maternal Child Service Line Administrator

Benji Price, RN

Benjamin Price serves as the Service Line Administrator for Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health. Benjamin brings broad experience in executing clinical quality and safety initiatives across the spectrum of perinatal services, as well as a strong background in promoting physician engagement and patient experience.

A former NICU nurse, he earned an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Our Lady of the Lake College and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Administration from Walden University. He is currently enrolled at LSU Health Science Center pursing a PhD in Nursing focusing on Maternal Health.