James A. Fritzell, MD

James Fritzell, MD serves as the Clinical Director of the Small Baby Program in the NICU at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women's Hospital Long Beach. Dr. Fritzell was previously the Medical Director of the NICU at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT before relocating to the West Coast to become a neonatal clinician with Mednax Group of Memorial Health Care System.

Dr. Fritzell earned his medical degree from St. George’s University of Grenada West Indies. He completed his pediatric residency at University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. His introduction to neonatology began with his fellowship training in neonatology at Brown University Women and Infants Hospital NICU of Providence, RI. During his training, he completed his research with developing a murine Broncho pulmonary dysplasia (BPD) model and a unique engraftment of pluripotent stem cells to minimize pathophysiologic features of BPD. He served as chief fellow during his final year prior to taking a position at Maine Medical Center as a neonatal clinician and residency training educational director. He joined the medical group of Onsite Neonatal Partners when he relocated to CT and continued to work with this group first as a clinician and then as a medical director for 5 years prior to relocating to California.

Dr. Fritzell is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the California Association of Neonatologist. His areas of clinical interest include extremely low birth weight infant program development, neonatal transport and strategic clinical partnerships and outreach with community delivery centers.


  • Neonatology
  • Perinatology
  • Pediatrics


Medical Education
St George's University School of Medicine - Grenada
University of Rochester - School of Medicine & Dentistry
Brown University

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