• Medical School: East Carolina University
  • Residency:  Pitt County Memorial Hospital
  • Fellowship:  St. Louis Children's Hospital

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Research Interests

  • Neonatal Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Hypotonia
  • Cerebral Blood Flow
  • Development of Nervous System

Honors and Awards

  • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award, 1988 and 2002
    (Finalist 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1999)
  • Teacher of the Quarter (given by the M-III Students) 8/2002
  • Outstanding Pediatric Resident Award, Pitt County Mem. Hospital, East Carolina University, 1985

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Virginia Pediatric Society, 1987 to present
  • Tidewater Pediatric Society, 1987 to present
  • Society for Neuroscience 1990 to present
  • American Society of Neuroimaging, 1991 to present
  • Southern Society for Pediatric Research, 1998 to present (Moderator of the Perinatal Medicine Session, New Orleans, 1998)

Selected Publications


Bass WT and Kopelman AE. Central nervous system morbidity in the premature infant (Chapter 25). In Goldsmith JP, Karotkin EH (eds): Assisted Ventilation of the Newborn.   4rd edition.  W.B. Saunders Company, 2003.

Dykes FD and Bass WT.  Central nervous system morbidity.  In Goldsmith JP, Karotkin EH (eds): Assisted Ventilation of the Newborn.   3rd edition.  W.B. Saunders Company, 1996.


Peyton JL, Bass WT, Ball JD, Burke BL, Frank LM. Novel motor/somatosensory activity is associated with increased cerebral cortical blood volume measured by near-infrared optical topography. (in preparation)

Bass WT, Bowman CL, Jones MA, Peyton JL, Frank LM. Hyperventilation induced changes in cerebral blood volume measured by near-infrared spectroscopy-optical topography. (in preparation)

Bass WT, Buescher ES, Davis BL, White LE, Jones MA, Lawson ML.  The relationship between plasma and cerebrospinal fluid cytokine/receptor levels and subsequent cerebral white matter injury in preterm infants. (submitted)

Eicher DJ, Wagner CL, Katikaneni LP, Hulsey T, Bass T, Kaufman D, Horgan M, Languani S, Bhatia J, Givelichian L, Sankaran K, Yager J.  Moderate Hypothermia Treatment of Hypoxic Ischemic Neonatal Encephalopathy: Cognitive and Motor Outcomes in a Multicenter Pilot Trial. (submitted to Pediatric Neurology)

Eicher DJ, Wagner CL, Katikaneni LP, Hulsey T, Bass T, Kaufman D, Horgan M, Languani S, Bhatia J, Givelichian L, Sankaran K, Yager J.  Moderate Hypothermia Treatment of Neonatal Encephalopathy: Measures of Safety in a Multicenter Pilot Trial. (submitted to Pediatric Neurology)

Bass JK, Bass WT, Green GE, Gurtner P, White LE.  Intracranial pressure changes during intermittent CSF drainage. Pediatr Neurol 2003;28(3):173-177.

Jones MA and Bass WT. Neuropathology of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Neonatal Network 2003;22(3):63-70.

Jones MA and Bass WT. Perinatal brain injury in the premature infant.  Neonatal Network 2003;22(1):61-69.

Bass WT, Schultz SJ, Davis BL, White LE, Khan JH, Karlowicz MG.  Indices of hemodynamic and respiratory function in premature infants at risk for the development of cerebral white matter injury. J Perinatol 2002;22:64-71.

Hashimoto LN, Bass WT, Green GA, Werner AL, Reagan TJ.  Fetal micrencephaly associated with maternal carbamazepine therapy. J Neuroimaging 1999;9:243-245..

Bass WT, Jones MA, White LE, Montgomery TE, Aiello F, Karlowicz MG.  Ultrasonographic differential diagnosis and neurodevelopmental outcome of cerebral white matter lesions in premature infants.  J Perinatol 1999;19(5):330-336.
(*selected as an annotated abstract in World Reviews in Perinatology 1999;17(9):7.)

Bass WT, Singer GA, Luizzi FJ.  Transient lectin binding by white matter tract border zone microglia in the fetal rabbit brain.  Histochemical Journal  1998;30:657-666.

Bass WT, Malati N, Castle MC, White LE.  Evidence for the safety of ascorbic acid administration to the premature infant. Am J Perinatol 1998;15(2):133-140.

Kelly RE, Croitoru DP, Nuss D, Flemmer LS, Bass WT.  Choosing venous access in the extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infant: percutaneous central venous lines and peripherally inserted catheters.  Neonatal Intensive Care 1997;10(5):15-18.

Abuhamad AZ, Bass WT, Katz ME, Heyl PS.  Familial recurrence of pulmonary sequestration.  Obstet Gynecol 1996;87:843-845.

Bass WT, Wharton KN, Cicero MA, Kelly RE, Dory CE.  Diaphragmatic hernia with abnormal migration of the kidney.  Radiological Case of the Month.  Arch Ped Adolesc Med  1996;150:427-428.

Ciavarra RP, Liuzzi FJ, Bass WT, Tedeschi B.  Evidence for functional-heterogeneity in splenic macrophage subsets during priming of class-I restricted antiviral ctl.  J Cellular Biochemistry Supplement  1995;S21A:138.

Bass WT, White LE, Wood R, Schinco F, Werner A.  Rapid decompression of congenital hydrocephalus associated with parenchymal hemorrhage.  J Neuroimaging  1995;5:249-250.

Bass WT, Lewis DE.  Neonatal segmental myoclonus associated with hyperglycorrhakia.  Pediatr Neurol 1995;13:77-79.

Khan JH, Bass WT, Wood B, Cawthorn J, Strope J.  Neonatal apnea in term infants associated with heavy maternal cigarette smoking.  Neonatal Intensive Care  1994, July/August, pp 22-25.

Bass WT, Bergevin M, Werner A, Luizzi FJ, Scott DE.  In situ fixation of the neonatal brain and spinal cord.  Pediatric Pathology  1993;13:699-705.

Bass WT, Singer G, Slusser J, Luizzi FJ.  Radial glial interaction with cerebral germinal matrix capillaries in the fetal baboon.  Experimental Neurology 1992;118:126-132.

Katz ME, Bass WT, White LE.  Dural sinus ectasia after prolonged nuchal umbilical encirclement.  Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine  1992;11:289-292.

Gurtner P, Bass WT, Gudeman S, Penix J, Philput C, Schinco F. Surgical management of posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus in 22 low birth weight infants.  Child’s Nerv Syst 1992;8:198-202.

Bass WT.  The use of ultasound in the diagnosis of intracranial hemorrhage in the premature newborn. FORUM Vol.7, No. 1, Summer  1992.

Leichtman LG, Brothman AR, Bass WT, Werner A.  Apparent Optiz BBBG syndrome with a partial duplication of 5p.  Am J Med Genetics  1991;40:173-176.

Bass WT, Volpe JJ.   Ethanol in clinically relevant concentrations enhances expression of oligodendroglial differentiation but has no effect on astrocytic differentiation of DNA synthesis in primary cultures.  Dev Neurosci  1988;11:52-64.


Near-infrared optical topography for the study of cerebral oxygenation and blood flow changes in critically ill newborns. WT Bass and LM Frank.

The role of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the development of cerebral white matter lesions.  Bass WT, Beuscher S, White LE.

Moderate systemic hypothermia in the treatment of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Division of Neonatal Medicine, WT Bass- PI (Multicenter Study)

The association of hypocarbia and neonatal brain injury. WT Bass, K Wright and LE White.


Extracellular matrix protein development in the germinal matrix of the fetal rabbit.  Bass WT, Singer GA, Liuzzi FJ. 1992, Funded by Children’s Health Foundation, Children’s Health Systems ($14,500).

The use of near infrared spectroscopy to study the effects of hyper and hypo ventilation on cerebral blood flow in the neonatal piglet.  Bass WT and Wood B. 1994, Funded by Children’s Health Foundation, Children’s Health Systems ($3000).

Early detection of neonatal and pediatric intravenous fluid extravasations.  Shaeffer J, Bass WT and Lanttanzio FJ.   NIH SBIR Grant - Microwave Medical Systems, Inc. 2001 ($98,492)

Pro-inflammatory cytokines and their soluble receptors in plasma and CSF of infants at risk for the development of intracerebral lesions.  Bass WT, Beuscher S, White LE.  Funded by the Division of Neonatology and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. 2002 ($10,000)


Professor of Pediatrics
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Division of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
601 Children's Lane
Norfolk, VA 23507
Phone: (757) 668-7448
Fax: (757) 9255