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.

Our fellows (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

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Graduating fellows Drs. Yassar Arain, Anna-Kaisa Niemi, and Anoop Rao with Fellowship Coordinator Meghan Stawitcke

  • Anca Pasca, MD, is co-author on a paper in Nature Protocols, which was featured on the cover of the September 2018 issue of the journal. The article advances our knowledge of human brain development by detailing the methodology for the generation and assembly of region-specific three-dimensional models from human pluripotent stem cells. The ability to generate region-specific three-dimensional (3D) models to study human brain development offers access to functional human brain tissue and shows great promise for understanding the nervous system in both healthy and disease states.
  • The leadership of the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) selected Gregory Goldstein, MD, as a 2019 AFMR Henry Christian Awardee for his abstract entitled “Prenatal and Postnatal Inflammation-Related Risk Factors for Retinopathy of Prematurity.” Co-authors on the study include Suzan Carmichael, PhDHeny Lee, MD, MS Epi, Stephanie Leonard, PhD, Peggy Kan, and Euna Koo, MD. Dr. Goldstein will receive his award when he presents his abstract at the Western Medical Research Conference in Carmel, CA in January 2019.

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