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.

Xuxin Chen, MD | Class of 2022

MD: Stony Brook University School of Medicine in Stony Brook, NY

Residency: New York University School of Medicine in New York, NY

Mentor: Henry C. Lee, MD, MS Epi

Pearl Houghteling, MD | Class of 2022

MD: University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA

Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT

Research Interests: I am interested in the neonatal microbiome and nutrition. 

Jonathan Reiss, MD | Class of 2022

MD: Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY

Residency: University of California, San Diego / Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA

MentorsGary Shaw, DrPH, David K. Stevenson, MD, Karl Sylvester, MD, Nima Aghaeepour, PhD

Research: Dr. Reiss is interested in the intersection of artificial intelligence, big data analysis, multi-omics and precision medicine as applied to 1) fetuses susceptible to maternal conditions that impact that intrauterine environment, and 2) neonates vulnerable to acquired disease of prematurity. 

Aviva Aiden, MD, PhD | Class of 2023

MD: Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA

Residency: Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX

PhD: Harvard University in Boston, MA

Mentors: Gary Darmstadt, MD & Paul Wise, MD, MPH

Research Interests: My PhD is in applied math and genomics, and my research has focused on the genomics of disease vectors and molecular diagnostics. Most recently, I led a team to develop a whole genome assembly based diagnostic approach to COVID-19.

John Feister, MD | Class of 2023

MD: Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH

Residency: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in Chicago, IL

Mentors: Henry C. Lee, MD, MS Epi & Paul Wise, MD, MPH

Research: My research investigates how public policy influences neonatal health outcomes and can address health disparities. My two current projects focus on use of paid family leave in the NICU, and neonatal outcomes of infants from families with limited English proficiency. I recently received an MCHRI Clinical Trainee grant to pursue my research.  

Additional Education & Work: I am also completing a Master’s of Science in Health Policy funded by an MCHRI grant during my fellowship.

During residency, I pursued a certificate in global health studies and have researched how socioeconomic factors influence Latinx birth outcomes. 

Nicholas Gianaris, MD, MS | Class of 2023

MD: Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN

Residency: UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA

Mentors: David Relman, MD & Adam Frymoyer, MD

Research Interests: Prior to starting medical school, I obtained a Master's degree in cellular and integrative physiology and investigated the electrophysiologic properties of transient receptor protein channels. I am interested in investigating neonatal microbial ecology and the applications of machine learning methods for microbiome host-trait predictions.

Hannah Gu, MD | Class of 2024

MD: University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

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

Research Interests: I am interested in resuscitation and hope to learn biodesign skills to improve resuscitation and newborn care, particularly in lower resource NICUs.

Faith Myers, MD | Class of 2024

MD: University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN

Residency: University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN

Research Interests: I am passionate about critical congenital heart disease, perinatal hemodynamics, and methods of hemodynamic monitoring to individualize care. Additionally, I am interested in competency-based medical education. 

Sheila Razdan, MD, MPH | Class of 2024

MD: University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD

Residency: Washington University in St. Louis/St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO

MPH (concentration in Epidemiology/Biostatistics): Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD

Research Interests: In residency, I was a member of my program’s Advocacy Track and served on the Missouri American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors as a resident representative. I am passionate about legislative advocacy, and hope to pursue research on reducing racial/ethnic disparities in neonatal outcomes.