W. Thomas Bass, MD



American Board of Pediatrics

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine



Medical School:

East Carolina University


Pitt County Memorial Hospital


St. Louis Children's Hospital


Dr. Bass became interested in neonatal neurology during his pediatric residency and chose a neonatology fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital that allowed him to pursue research in brain injury of the newborn.

While practicing neonatology, he has continued basic and clinical research in specific types of brain injury and their prevention.

Clinical Interests:

  • Prevention of brain injury with therapeutic hypothermia
  • Treatment of hydrocephalus
  • Prevention of intraventricular hemorrhage


  • Neonatal brain injury
  • Birth asphyxia
  • Intraventricular hemorrhage
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Periventricular leukomalacia

Honors and Awards:

  • Coastal Virginia Magazine “Top Doc” 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Health Care Heroes honoree for Advancement in Medicine and Health Care, Inside Business Magazine, 2012
  • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award, 1988 and 2002
  • Outstanding Pediatric Resident Award, East Carolina University, 1985


You can view published research by Dr. Bass at PubMed.

Community Involvement and Memberships:

Physicians for Peace
Virginia Beach Youth Recreation Program

Contact Info:

(757) 668-7456



CHKD Main Hospital
601 Children's Ln
Norfolk, VA 23518



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