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


  • In March, Anna-Kaisa Niemi, MD, graduated from an online fellowship program in integrative medicine (University of Arizona); she pursued the integrative medicine fellowship currently with her neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship training at Stanford. Dr. Niemi recently accepted a full-time faculty position at Rady Chidren’s Hospital at the University of California, San Diego in San Diego, CA.
  • At the 92nd Perinatal and Developmental Medicine Symposium in Aspen on June 8, neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow Neha Kumbhat, MD, had a platform presentation on the association of high dose cosyntropin stimulation test with death or major morbidity in preterm infants.
  • Anca Pasca, MD, presented a poster on the effects of hypoxia on preterm brain development at the 11th Hershey Conference on Developmental Brain Injury, June 6-9. 

Notable publication:

review article in the June issue of Clinics in Perinatology explores the success of statewide quality collaboratives in improving the uptake of key perinatal interventions. Authors include Vidya Pai, MD, and faculty members Henry C. Lee, MD, MS Epi, and Jochen Profit, MD, MPH.

          In particular, the paper spotlights the work of the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, whose data center is based at Stanford and has been led by faculty member Jeffrey Gould, MD, MPH, for the past twenty years. The CPQCC is a prominent leader of statewide neonatal quality improvement and has served as a model for other states’ perinatal collaborative organizations. 


Four of our fellows receive Clinical Trainee Awards of $15K from the Stanford Child Health Research Institute

  • Gregory Goldstein: Antenatal Risk Factors for Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Very Low Birth Weight Infants
  • Vidya Pai: The Referral Patterns of High-Risk Infants
  • Laura Peterson: Deep Immune Profiling of the Neonatal Immune System across Gestational Ages
  • Megan Ringle: Utilization of Functional Echocardiography and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to Characterize Ductal Hemodynamics in the Premature Neonate

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