Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellows

Our Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship lasts three years. Meet our fellows who are at different stages of their career development, and learn about their research projects. All of our current fellows are members of the Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (SSPS) in the Department of Pediatrics.

Yassar Arain, Class of 2018

MD: Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR

Residency: Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

MentorWilliam Rhine, MD

Research: My research is centered on utilizing clinical informatics strategies to learn from the current practice of medicine. Currently, I have helped develop Premie BiliRecs, an EMR-integrated tool that provides recommendations for treating hyperbilirubinemia in preterm neonates based on expert guidelines. Premie BiliRecs has the potential to provide clinical decision support, while simultaneously generating evidence for improving hyperbilirubinemia management.

Anoop Rao, Class of 2018

MD: Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore in Mangalore, India

Residency: Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY

MentorsWilliam Rhine, MD and Paul Yock, MD

Research: My research interests involve designing and prototyping devices using 3D printers. Specifically, I study the use, fabrication, and assembly of sensors to gather data in the neonatal critical care environment. During my time as a fellow, I have been awarded the Marshall Klaus Perinatal Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics and become a collaborator on the Innovators in General Pediatrics grant by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. I am also PI on a grant for building a mHealth platform to improve maternal and child care in India.

Other experience: In addition to my clinical training, I completed a biomedical informatics fellowship at Harvard Medical School and received a master's degree in toxicology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Neha Kumbhat, Class of 2019

MD: Grant Medical College, affliated with Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, in Mumbai, India

Residency: Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY

Mentors: Susan Hintz, MD, MS Epi and Alexis Davis, MD, MS Epi

Research: Research has shown adrenal insufficiency leads to low blood pressure in extremely preterm infants. My focus is in understanding how hypotension caused by adrenal insufficiency affects preterm infant death and morbidities. An adrenal gland that is unable to transition to extrauterine life is increasingly being recognized as a risk factor for poor outcomes in sick, premature infants. As more extremely premature infants survive, we have greater opportunity to investigate the role of adrenal function in these neonates. Understanding the role of adrenal function will provide clinicians with information to guide interventions and counseling families on outcomes and prognosis.  

I am an Ernest and Amelia Gallo endowed fellow for 2017-2019 and will receive salary support from Stanford's Child Health Research Institute (CHRI). In addition, I will receive CHRI Master's Tuition support to pursue a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. 

Anna-Kaisa Niemi, Class of 2019

MD: University of Oulu Medical School in Oulu, Finland

Residency: Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA

Mentor: TBD

Research: My interests include the diagnosis and treatment of neonatal metabolic disorders as well as integrative medicine approaches in neonatal care. My project is yet to be determined.

Other experience: I hold a PhD in mitochondrial genetics, also from the University of Oulu where I completed my medical training. Following my pediatric residency training, I did fellowships in Clinical Genetics and then Medical Biochemical Genetics at Stanford, and I am Board Certified in these specialties. I am pursuing a 2-year online fellowship in Integrative Medicine (University of Arizona) concurrent with my fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine.

Vidya Pai, Class of 2019

MD: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in San Diego, CA

Residency: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA

MentorHenry Lee, MD

Research: My research interest is in neonatal and perinatal epidemiology, specifically the morbidities of extremely premature infants. I am currently working on a project evaluating the relationship between abnormal maternal weight and the risk of intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) in premature infants. I received funding through the Child Health Research Institute to pursue a Master’s program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research starting Fall 2017.

Anca Pasca, Class of 2019

MD: Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Residency: Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

MentorTheo Palmer, PhD

Research: I am particularly interested in brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders associated with preterm birth and perinatal diseases. Using 3D human cortical neural cultures derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, I am able to model normal and abnormal brain development in vitro. This allows for investigation of the effects of specific perinatal events (i.e. hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy) on neuronal development and maturation. Additionally, I am exploring the effects of various medications, like steroids, used in the neonatal population and known to adversely impact brain development. My goal is to uncover specific neuronal phenotypes and molecular pathways associated with neonatal diseases and to identify targeted therapies aimed at improving the long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes of NICU graduates.

Of note, Dr. Pasca is taking a two-year leave from clinical practice to pursue research under her PSDP Research Award. She will return in 2018 to complete her third year of clinical fellowship training.

Gregory Goldstein, Class of 2020

MD: Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA

Residency: Brown University in Providence, RI

Mentors: Gary Shaw, DrPH, Karl Sylvester, MD, and Henry C. Lee, MD, MS Epi

Research: My research interest is in neonatal epidemiology and clinical research. I am currently investigating antenatal risk factors for necrotizing enterocolitis using data from the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative.

I recently received a clinical trainee grant from the Child Health Research Institute (CHRI), which supports my research efforts. I also received funding from the CHRI to pursue a master’s degree in epidemiology and clinical research starting in the fall of 2018.

Laura Peterson, Class of 2020

MD: Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

Residency: University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

Megan Ringle, Class of 2020

MD: St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies

Residency: Miami Children's Hospital in Miami, FL

Additional Education: Dr. Ringle received a master's degree in public health from St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies.