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Sara J. Mola, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:



110 S Paca St., 8th Floor

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Education and Training

Medical school, West Virginia University School of Medicine (2001-2005)

Pediatrics Residency, West Virginia University School of Medicine (2005-2008)

Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina (2008-2011)


Dr. Mola joined the University of Maryland team in August 2011. Originially from Harpers Ferry, WV she attended West Virginia University School of Medicine (2001-2005) where she obtained an M.D. degree. She also completed her Pediatrics Residency at West Virginia University where her research interest was delivery practices of late preterm infants (2005-2008).

She came to the Baltimore area after completing her fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC (2008-2011). There, she focused on quality improvement initiatives in delivery room management and ventilation strategies for VLBW infants, neonatal nutrition and premedication for non-emergent intubation as scholarly activities. It was also there that her love of teaching was fostered through the use of simulation experiences for NRP training and acute care of the sick neonate.

Since joining the University of Maryland, she's been actively involved in simulation education, NRP training and in providing neonatal outreach education throughout the state of MD. She is also involved in the development of a Golden Hour initiative at the University of Maryland to improve outcomes in VLBW infants as well as implementation of guidelines for premedication in non emergent intubations in the NICU.

Dr. Mola was appointed Medical Director of the Maryland Regional Neonatal Transport Program for the University of Maryland in fall of 2011. She has also served as Medical Director of Nursery Services at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center since 2015.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Simulation education Golden Hour Premedication for non emergent intubation

Highlighted Publications

Mola SJ, Annibale DJ, Wagner CL, Hulsey T, Taylor SN. NICU bedside caregivers sustain process improvement in respiratory care and decrease the incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia in infants <30 weeks’ gestation. Respir Care 2015;60(3):309-320.

Contributing Author (textbook chapter), section entitled Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn. Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care: A Patient Case Method. F.A. Davis Company/ Publishers. May 2014.

Mola SJ, Graeber J, Polak Mark, Yossuck P. Is Friday the Busiest Day for Late Preterm Delivery? West Virginia Medical Journal. July/August 2010; 106: 10-13.

Mola SJ, Nield LS, Weisse ME. Meningococcal Disease: Suspect it, Treat it, Prevent it. Consultant for Pediatrics. 2009; 8(4): 116-120.

Mola SJ, Nield LS, Weisse ME. Treatment and Prevention of Neisseria meningitidis Infection. Infections in Medicine. 2008; 25(3): 128-133.

Mola SJ, Nield LS, Weisse ME. Treatment and Prevention of Neisseria meningitidis Infection. Applied Neurology. 2007; 3(12):17-20.