Alexa Craig, MD, MSc, MS is a Neonatal and Pediatric Neurologist at Maine Medical Center and Maine Medical Partners, a clinical researcher, and the Director of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Scholarship Academy. A New England native, she attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for her medical degree followed by two years of pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center and a residency in Child Neurology at Washington University and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Craig did an additional year of fellowship in Neonatal Neurology at the University of Washington and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. In 2012, Dr. Craig returned home to Maine Medical Center to start her Neonatal Neurology Program and academic career. Following her return to MMC, she was the recipient of a KL2 career development award through the Tufts University College of Medicine and obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research.

In 2021, Dr. Craig, MD was funded as the lead scientist on Project 4 of the COBRE in Acute Care Research & Rural Disparities supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. This project aims to assess use of telemedicine for the assessment of neonatal encephalopathy in tertiary care centers in Maine and Vermont as well as community hospitals in Maine and New Hampshire.

Dr. Craig’s clinical interest are in the areas of Neonatal Neurocritical Care, specifically neuroprotective treatments such as therapeutic hypothermia and employing telemedicine to eliminate outcome disparities for rural-born newborns. In the outpatient setting, Dr. Craig started the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Cerebral Palsy Program and is working to improve neurodevelopmental follow up for neonates cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: Neuroprotective treatments including therapeutic hypothermia, the use of telemedicine to eliminate outcome disparities for rural-born newborns

Project Name: The effect of antenatal opioid exposure on newborn head circumference