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Yoav Littner, MD


Yoav Littner, MD

Appointed: 2007

Yoav Littner, MD
Department: Neonatology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M31
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Yoav Littner, MD
Department: Neurosciences
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M31
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Yoav Littner, MD
Department: Neonatology
Location: Hillcrest Hospital
Mail Code M31
6770 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Children & Adolescents Only

Biographical Sketch

Yoav Littner, MD, is an Associate Staff Member with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Departments of Neonatology and Neurosciences. He sees patients at Main Campus and Hillcrest Hospital. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Littner is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Littner is board certified in pediatrics and neonatology through the Ministry of Health, State of Israel. He completed his undergraduate degree at Technion School of Medicine in Haifa Israel, and he earned his medical degree from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine, also in Haifa Israel. His post-graduate training includes a rotating internship and pediatric residency at Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv Israel and a neonatal-perinatal fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Littner is a member of the Society of Pediatric Research, Society for Neuroscience, and the Research Society on Alcoholism. He has published multiple research articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as having contributed abstracts and presentations at a number of professional association meetings. He also has contributed to several text books.

His specialty interests include care of complex surgical and neonatal disease; nutrition and bone health of preterm infants; music therapy in the NICU; environmental effects of toxins on the developing brain (such as alcohol and Mercury); effects of alcohol on development and migration of oligodendrocyte in the developing brain; and biomarkers for fetal ethanol exposure during pregnancy.


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Sourasky Medical Center
Tel Aviv Israel
Internship - Sourasky Medical Center
Rotating Internship
Tel Aviv Israel
Medical School - Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine
Haifa Israel
Undergraduate - Technion School of Medicine
Haifa Israel


  • Pediatrics
  • Israeli Board of Pediatrics
  • Israeli Board of Pediatrics- Neonatology

Specialty Interests

ICU care of complex infants bone health of preterm & term infants, quality of health care, patient safety


  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society of Pediatric Research 

Treatment & Services

  • Department of Neonatology

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Neuronal Migration
  • Pediatric Neonatal Disorders

Industry Relationships

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As of 11/19/2014, Dr. Littner has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hebrew