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

DR. ANCA PASCA IS NAMED TO 2017 LIST OF STAT WUNDKERKINDSSTAT News honors the brighest young minds in life science for their work in academic, industry, and the clinic. Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellow, Anca Pasca, MD, is one of the scientists chosen this year. Dr. Pasca creates models of infant brains in the laboratory to investigate neurodevelopmental problems associated with preterm birth. She is specifically interested in studying how insufficient oxygen impacts the developing brain and how to prevent brain damage.

DR. ANOOP RAO MENTORS TEAMS AT STANFORD HEALTH++ HACKATHON: At the recent Stanford Health++ Hackathon on Oct. 21 and 22, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellow Anoop Rao, MD, MS, mentored three teams that devised designs to improve neonatal care. 

  1. Connect focused on making a parent-friendly interface to display real-time positioning of an endotracheal tube. This would be very useful in improving the rates of skin-to-skin care in the neonatal ICU by providing much-needed reassurance to parents who fear that their movements may lead to an unplanned extubation. This team won a special prize sponsored by Persistent Systems.
  2. Nutrilink built a scalable, easy to use web-based platform, similar to OpenTable, for helping primary health care workers in low- and middle-income countries refer patients with severe acute malnutrition to regional hospitals. This team advanced to the finals and won the second grand prize.
  3. NeoPlank designed, prototyped and 3D-printed a device that would stabilize a neonate’s hand to enable easier arterial catheterization. NeoPlank advanced to the finals of the hackathon.

DRS. YASSAR ARAIN AND VIDYA PAI PRESENT AT VERMONT OXFORD NETWORK ANNUAL QUALITY CONGRESS: The fellows' posters were entitled “Improving Hyperbilirubinemia Management in Preterm Infants: Premie Bilirecs, a Novel EHR-integrated Clinical Decision Support Tool” (Arain), and “Improving Antibiotic Utilization for Late-Onset Sepsis and Necrotizing Enterocolitis in the NICU” (Pai). Dr. Arain was invited to speak about his research at a breakout session highlighting the use of electronic health records for quality improvement work. The conference took place on October 26-30 in Chicago, IL.

DR. PAI PRESENTS AT AAP EXPERIENCE NATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION: Dr. Pai also presented her work on “Maternal Body Mass Index and Risk of Intraventricular Hemorrhage in Neonates” at the American Academy of Pediatrics Experience National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, IL on September 16-19. She is also an author on a recent paper “Approaches to end-of-life discussions with parents of a profoundly compromised newborn” in the Journal of Perinatology.

DR. MEGAN RINGLE INVITED TO SPEAK IN PARIS AT 15th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PEDIATRICS AND PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGYDr. Ringle will present on the topic of neurodevelopmental outcomes in neonates with complex congenital heart disease undergoing catheterization or surgical intervention. The conference will be held February 19-20, 2018.

FELLOWSHIP COORDINATOR MEGHAN STAWITCKE PRESENTS ON PROFESSIONALISM TRAINING: Fellowship coordinator Meghan Stawitcke and her colleagues presented an interactive workshop on professionalism training in graduate medical education, titled "From Padawan to Jedi Master: Navigating the Dark Side of Professionalism" at the 5th Annual Pediatric Education Day on October 27.

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