Caleb J Podraza


Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Director of Neonatology
Location: Other Location
Research Interests:
Respiratory physiology
Office Phone


2015 Master of Business Administration in Healthcare, American Sentinel University, Aurora, CO
2010 Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
2007 Pediatric Internship & Residency, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA
2004 Doctor of Medicine, The State University of New York at Buffalo
2000 Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY


Commander Caleb “John” Podraza entered naval service in 2000. He completed a general pediatrics residency at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He also completed a fellowship in wilderness medicine, has an international diploma in mountain medicine, has a master of business administration in healthcare degree from American Sentinel University and is currently studying national security strategy at the Naval War College.

Beginning in 2010, CDR Podraza’s first staff assignment was as attending physician in neonatology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During his tenure at Walter Reed he served in a variety of leadership roles including transport director, healthcare ethics committee chair, team physician for the wounded warrior adaptive sports program, director of pediatric resuscitation training, assistant service chief of neonatology, and medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit.

In 2016, CDR Podraza became the director of neonatology at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. He is also the director of the neonatal resuscitation program, serves on the national faculty for the American Heart Association, and is a subject matter expert and special consultant to several tri-service working groups at the Defense Health Agency where he ensures readiness, training, policy, and curriculum development throughout the military.

CDR Podraza has deployed on three joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions including a six month tour aboard the USNS Comfort hospital ship. He has honorably represented the Navy with boots on the ground in eleven different countries and is a designated Surface Warfare Medical Department officer. He has numerous publications and presentations to his credit and is internationally recognized for his work on low cost bubble CPAP for the treatment of neonatal respiratory distress.

Podraza is double board certified in general pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, serves on the American Board of Pediatrics, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is the recipient of the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal in addition to unit, service and campaign awards.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

American Board of Pediatrics, Content Development Team (2016-present)

National Faculty for the American Heart Association/Military Training Network, USUHS (2010-present)

Assistant Service Chief of Neonatology, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (2012-2016)

PACIFIC ANGEL (2014) Joint Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief mission to Bangladesh w/ PACAF

CONTINUING PROMISE (2011) Joint Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief mission to Central & South America w/ SOUTHCOM

HND-MD-10 (2007) Joint Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief mission to Honduras w/ Air Force 59th Readiness Squadron

International Diploma in Mountain Medicine. 2017

Wilderness Medical Fellowship. 2016

Bubble CPAP Videos in English, Spanish, and Creole. 2011. &

MDMA (Ecstasy): Does It Play A Causal Role In Nephropathy? A Review. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. 1999. Available online at


Cunningham B, Cordero S, Podraza J. Index of suspicion in the nursery: hyperbilirubinemia at age 4 days in an African American infant. NeoReviews. 2015;16(2):e123-e124.

Cheng A, Hunt E, Donoghue A, et al. Examining Pediatric Resuscitation Education Using Simulation and Scripted Debriefing (EXPRESS): A Multicenter, Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA Pediatrics. 2013

Cheng A, Hunt E, Donoghue A, et al. EXPRESS – Examining Pediatric Resuscitation Education Using Simulation and Scripting. Sim Healthcare. 2011;6:34-41.

Wells N, Podraza J. Back Pain in a Teenage Girl: What She isn’t Telling You. A Puzzler Case of Imperforate Hymen. Contemporary Pediatrics. 2009;26(6):28-34.

Smith L, Podraza J, Proud V. Polyhydramnios, fetal overgrowth, and macrocephaly: prenatal ultrasound findings of Costello syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2009 Feb 15;149A(4):779-84.

Podraza J. Index of suspicion in the nursery: neonatal thyrotoxicosis. NeoReviews. 2009;10:e412-e414.

Banks T, Podraza J. What’s your diagnosis? Hemangioendothelioma. Consultant for Pediatricians. 2010;9(5):168-173.

Podraza J, Roberts T. Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Pediatric Obesity in Military Academic and Non-Academic Settings. Military Medicine. 2008;173(12):1199-1202.

Podraza J, Fleenor J, Grossfeld P. An 11q Terminal Deletion Disorder and Tetralogy of Fallot. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. 2007;143A:1126-1128.

Podraza J, Crooker A. The Effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA; Ecstasy) on the Rat Kidneys: An Evaluation of Renal Clearance and Histopathology. Journal of Biological Research. 2000;1:84-89.