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.

Class of 2025 fellows (from left to right): Drs. Jennifer Sequoia, May Szeto, and Danielle Sharp  

Class of 2023 fellows (from left to right): Drs. Nicholas Gianaris, Aviva Aiden, and John Feister

Class of 2024 fellows (from left to right): Drs. Sheila Razdan, Hannah Gu, and Faith Myers

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

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

Introducing the Class of 2026!

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: Asia Wesley, MA

Administrative Associate: Terrie Nguyen, BS