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

Anca M. Pasca, MD was an invited speaker at the Annual Congress of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, held April 18-20, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Pasca discussed the advances in neurodevelopmental disease modeling and drug screening using 3D human cortical spheroids, an in vitro technology that closely mimics human fetal development and allows the detailed interrogation of normal and abnormal developmental events in the laboratory. 

First-year fellows Vidya Pai, MD and Neha Kumbhat, MD received Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) funding for a Master's Program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Stanford University School of Medicine. Both will pursue the master’s degree concurrent with fellowship training from 2017-2019. Additionally, Dr. Kumbhat was awarded the CHRI clinical (MD) trainee support grant for two years for her project "Co-Syntropin stimulation test as a marker of death or major morbidity in premature infants." Dr. Pai’s abstract titled "Improving antibiotic utilization for late-onset sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis" was accepted to Stanford’s Resident/Fellow Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Symposium.

Anoop Rao, MD, MS, along with fellowship director Vinod Bhutani, MD, and neonatologist William Rhine, MD, led a NeoDesign Focus Group at PAS. Building off a NeoDesign Speaker Series that happens each month at Stanford, this inaugural meeting was designed to further facilitate interactions between innovators in design, development, translation, and commercialization of technology. Participants initiated a dialogue about "design thinking" in the clinical setting, the challenges of testing new devices and barriers that may limit the provision of healthcare solutions in neonatology. Due to a strong turnout, a similar event is already in the works for PAS 2018.

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

Interim Division Chief: Krisa Van Meurs, MD

Program Coordinator: Meghan Stawitcke