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.

In Brief | Fellowship News

Dr. Anna-Kaisa Niemi gave an oral platform presentation at the Western Society for Pediatric Research annual meeting (January 26-28, 2017) entitled "Preterm delivery after treatment of maternal metastatic melanoma with immunotherapeutics." She reported on a preterm infant born at 24 weeks to a mother diagnosed with metastatic melanoma at 23 weeks of gestation who was treated with immunomodulators: nivolumab (PD-1 antibody), ipilimumab (CTL-4 antibody). This was the first report on the use of these during pregnancy. 

Three of our fellows will be presenting at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting (May 6-9, 2017).

Dr. Yassar Arain will deliver an oral presentation entitled "A web-based decision support tool for management of hyperbilirubinemia in preterm infants." This work highlights the implementation and effectiveness of Premie BiliRecs (PBR), a clinical-decision support tool created and implemented by a multidisciplinary team at Stanford. Dr. Arain will also be giving this presentation at the iHealth 2017 Clinical Informatics conference in Philadelphia, PA (May 2-4, 2017). 

Dr. Anca Pasca will deliver a platform presentation entitled "Developing a 3D human cellular model of hypoxic encephalopathy of prematurity." Dr. Pasca is first-author on the abstract, and the 3D model she helped develop is the first of its kind. The model identifies specific corticogenesis defects associated with changes in oxygen tension.

Dr. Anoop Rao is a collaborator on the presentation entitled "Addressing social determinants of health in the community pediatrics setting: A pediatrician driven approach." For this project, Dr. Rao is building a website that enables efficient tabulation, mapping, and selection of available resources for the pediatric population in the Bay area. 

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: Vinod K. Bhutani, MD

Associate Program Director (Clinical): Melissa Scala, MD

Associate Program Director (Research): Valerie Chock, MD, MS Epi

Division Chief: William E. Benitz, MD

Program Coordinator: Meghan Stawitcke