Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program


Stanford University School of Medicine offers a three-year Fellowship Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. We believe that individuals who wish to train as neonatologists should value creativity, scholarship, clinical acumen, disruption of barriers, discovery of novel interventions, and service to the well-being of humanity.

Some of our current fellows and recent graduates (from left to right): Drs. Laura Peterson, Megan Ringle, Gregory Goldstein, Anna-Kaisa Niemi, Anoop Rao, Neha Kumbhat, Yassar Arain, Vidya Pai

In Brief | Fellowship News

Recent fellowship graduate Anca Pasca was selected as a joint winner to receive the inaugural Bhatt-Ramanathan scholarship award. Pasca received her award during the 25th annual Cool Topics in Neonatology Conference on March 2 in Coronado, CA. She also gave a brief lecture to fellow attendees about her scholarly work in the field of human neurodevelopment and stem cell biology.

Specifically, Pasca investigates encephalopathy of prematurity and environmental factors leading to poor neurodevelopmental outcomes in preterm infants. In order to study central nervous system development, she created one of the first tridimensional models of the developing cerebral cortex using pluripotent stem cells. These functional brain region-specific preparations, also known as cortical organoids or spheroids, self-assemble to recapitulate key aspects of human corticogenesis in vitro and contain synaptically connected neurons of all layers as well as nonreactive glial cells. Pasca continues to leverage this approach with the goal of idenitifying pathways involved in hypoxic encephalopathy. 

Eligible Candidates

Pediatricians who are completing their residency training from an ACGME-accredited program in the U.S. or Canada, and who have identified preliminary ideas for self-motivated scholarship are encouraged to submit an application. Individuals with proven clinical and academic expertise are encouraged to share their thoughts on how our training program and the resources at Stanford can best help them to meet their career expectations. Clinicians with basic science backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as our fellowship supports translational research.  


Each year we accept a new class of fellows through the national matching program (ERAS) to commence training at Stanford University. The Post-Residency fellowship program is designed for those who desire an academic career. Fellows devote approximately two-thirds of their time to research and scholarly endeavors; the remainder is spent acquiring clinical expertise. Our focus is on (1) leadership in the areas of clinical excellence; (2) scholarship that is evidence-based; and (3) research that is both innovative and cutting-edge through transdisciplinary approaches.


Trainees participating in the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship commit to rigorous training and gain experience in all aspects of neonatal care delivery and NICU management. They are expected to stay up to date on current literature and attendance is required at weekly conferences. Each trainee designs and implements an individual research project, which is overseen by a mentor who engages in a related area of study.

To learn more, please see the fellowship Curriculum and Schedule.


Fellows graduating from our program are characterized by integrity and exceptional performance. At the completion of their training, they have exhibited clinical expertise in neonatal-perinatal medicine, demonstrated educational competency, engaged in scholarly activity, and conducted an innovative research project. They are prepared to be leaders in their field.

Program Leadership

Director: Melissa Scala, MD

Associate Program Director: Valerie Chock, MD, MS Epi

Interim Division Chief: David Stevenson, MD

Program Coordinator: Meghan Stawitcke