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Richard Lambert Auten

Richard Lambert Auten, MD

Specialties and/or Subspecialties

  • Neonatology


With more than three decades of experience, Richard L. Auten, MD, is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. He serves as a neonatologist for Women’s Hospital and Alamance Regional Medical Center, where he is the Special Care Nursery’s medical director. His professional interests include neonatal lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension.

For over 25 years, he has studied respiratory issues in newborns. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the March of Dimes and the American Lung Association. He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters on neonatal medicine. He continues to lecture neonatology trainees, and he serves on the editorial board of Pediatric Pulmonology, a journal focused on lung diseases in children.

He partners with his patients’ parents from birth throughout their hospital stay and beyond to provide the possibility of a happy, healthy return to home.

In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, music and literature.

“In order to properly care for sick newborns, we need to be mindful of all aspects of their development, and to respond carefully and quickly to important changes. As a team, we continually challenge any assumptions we make in order to chart the safest, most rational approach to critical care.” – Richard L. Auten, MD



Medical School

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


University of Rochester, Pediatrics


University of Rochester, Neonatology

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine