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 class of 2022 fellows (from left to right): Drs. Xuxin Chen, Pearl Houghteling, and Jonathan Reiss

Our class of 2021 fellows (from left to right): Drs. Eman Haidari, Kevin McKim, and Caroline Yeon-Kyeong Noh

Our class of 2020 fellows and some recent graduates (from left to right): Drs. Laura Peterson '20, Megan Ringle '20, Gregory Goldstein '20, Anna-Kaisa Niemi '18, Anoop Rao '18, Neha Kumbhat '19, Yassar Arain '18, Vidya Pai '19

In Brief | Fellowship News

  • Megan Ringle, MD (class of 2020) presented preliminary research findings at the Neonatal Cardiopulmonary Biology Young Investigators Forum in September in Chicago, IL, and received a research grant award of $1500 for her work. Her presentation was on the use of functional echo and NIRS to characterize neonatal hemodynamics. 
  • Congratulations to our Class of 2019 graduating fellows! Neha Kumbhat, MD, MS Epi, accepted a job as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Vidya Pai, MD, MS Epi, has joined the neonatology faculty at Stanford as a Clinical Instructor. She has a joint appointment here as a postdoctoral fellow. 
  • In July, recent fellowship graduate Anoop Rao, MD, MS (class of 2018) presented work titled "Feasibility of a wearable device that continuous non-invasive BP monitor" at the Current Applications for Artificial Intelligence in Cardiology conference in San Francisco, CA, organized by the Mayo clinic. For this oral poster presentation Dr. Rao and co-authors Bill Rhine, MD, Fatima Eskandar-Afshari, DO, and current fellow Caroline Yeon-Kyeong Noh, MD (class of 2021) won the Dr. Moskowitz Scholar award.
  • In summer 2019, it was announced that more of our fellows will receive support from Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute:
    • Eman Haidari, MD (class of 2021) was awarded Clinical Trainee Support for her project entitled An Exploration of NICU Admission Rates.
    • Caroline Yeon-Kyeong Noh, MD (class of 2021) received Master's Tuition Support to pursue a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Full tuition funding begins in Fall 2019 and will continue for two years. 

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

Associate Program Director: Gary Shaw, DrPH

Interim Division Chief: David Stevenson, MD

Program Coordinator: Meghan Stawitcke

Fellowship Administrative Associate: Weichen Ling