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

Recent graduates of our neonatal-perinatal fellowship program (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

Pearl Houghteling, MD (Class of 2022) receives a Marshall Klaus Research Award

The prestigious award from the American Academy of Pediatrics will add to Dr. Houghteling's Thrasher Award funding and support her research on esophageal atresia. According to Dr. Houghteling, her study leverages the separation of the mouth from the rest of the gastrointestinal tract in infants with esophageal atresia by recognizing it as a model system through which to study the effects of microbial colonization on immune development and nutrition. Her study will be the first to describe the disruption to the intestinal microbiota in infants with esophageal atresia with modern methods. It will also provide infants with an intervention of administering saliva collected via replogle through the gastrostomy tube, which may be a viable therapy to normalize the intestinal microbiota.

Jonathan Reiss, MD (Class of 2022) honored by the Society for Pediatric Research 

The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) awarded Dr. Reiss its Fellow's Clinical Research Award, which is designed to encourage trainees to pursue careers in academic pediatrics. The honor recognizes of Dr. Reiss' work entitled "Newborn screen metabolic panels reflect the impact of common disorders of pregnancy and capture aberrant fetal growth patterns.”

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

Division Chief: Lance Prince, MD, PhD

Education Program Manager: Weichen Ling, BA