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.

Neha Kumbhat, MD, MS Epi | Class of 2019

MD: Grant Medical College, affliated with Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, in Mumbai, India

Residency: Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY

Mentors: Susan Hintz, MD, MS Epi and Alexis Davis, MD, MS Epi

Research: Research has shown adrenal insufficiency leads to low blood pressure in extremely preterm infants. My focus is in understanding how hypotension caused by adrenal insufficiency affects preterm infant death and morbidities. An adrenal gland that is unable to transition to extrauterine life is increasingly being recognized as a risk factor for poor outcomes in sick, premature infants. As more extremely premature infants survive, we have greater opportunity to investigate the role of adrenal function in these neonates. Understanding the role of adrenal function will provide clinicians with information to guide interventions and counseling families on outcomes and prognosis.  

I am an Ernest and Amelia Gallo endowed fellow for 2017-2019 and receive salary support from Stanford's Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI). In addition, I received MCHRI Master's Tuition support to pursue a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. 

Vidya Pai, MD, MS Epi | Class of 2019

MD: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in San Diego, CA

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

Mentor: Susan Hintz, MD, MS EpiHenry Lee, MD, MS Epi, and Suzan Carmichael, PhD

Research: My research interests are in neonatal and perinatal epidemiology, specifically understanding risk factors and characteristics that contribute to disparities in the outcomes and follow-up care of high-risk infants. I received a Clinical Trainee Award from the Maternal & Child Health Research Institute, in addition to tuition support to pursue a master’s degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. I also received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) and the Marshall Klaus Perinatal Health Services Research Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Gregory Goldstein, MD | Class of 2020

MD: Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA

Residency: Brown University in Providence, RI

Mentors: Gary Shaw, DrPH, Karl Sylvester, MD, and Henry C. Lee, MD, MS Epi

Research: My research interest is in neonatal epidemiology and clinical research. I am currently investigating antenatal risk factors for necrotizing enterocolitis using data from the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative.

I recently received a clinical trainee grant from the Child Health Research Institute (CHRI), which supports my research efforts. I also received funding from the CHRI to pursue a master’s degree in epidemiology and clinical research starting in the fall of 2018.

Laura Peterson, MD | Class of 2020

MD: Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

Residency: University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

Mentor: Brice Gaudilliere, MD, PhD

Research: I am studying the dynamics of the neonatal and maternal immune systems using a high-dimensional flow cytometry technology called CyTOF. My primary focus is on learning more about the immunologic differences between preterm and term neonates. I am also interested in aspects of aberrant maternal immune functioning that contribute to preterm birth and to diseases of pregnancy such as preeclampsia.

Megan Ringle, MD, MPH | Class of 2020

MD: St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies

Residency: Miami Children's Hospital in Miami, FL

Mentor: Shazia Bhombal, MD

Research: My research includes doing serial functional echocardiograms on all preemies born at gestational age < 29 weeks at 48 hours of life and days of life 3, 5, 7, and 14. I aim to assess hemodynamics and correlate the findings with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measurements. On another project, I am investigating the outcomes of neonates who had persistant pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) in the NICU and required pulmonary hypertensive medications or catheterizations.

Additional Education: Dr. Ringle received a master's degree in public health from St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies.

Eman Haidari, MD | Class of 2021

MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY

Residency: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in Oakland, CA

Mentors: Henry Lee, MD, MS Epi and Ciaran Phibbs, PhD

Research: I am interested in health services research and working on a project investigating reasons for the increase in NICU admission rates. My goal is to better understand inter-hospital variation and potentially identify overuse of NICUs.

Kevin McKim, MD | Class of 2021

MD: Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA

Residency: Cohen Children's Medical Center in Queens, NY

Mentor: David Stevenson, MD

Research: My research is focused on the neonatal immune system and its evolution over time. Currently, I am planning to use CytoF to monitor changes in a neonate's immune development as a result of common treatments in our NICU, like the Premieloc hydrocortisone protocol.

Caroline Yeon-Kyeong Noh, MD | Class of 2021

MD: Ajou University School of Medicine in South Korea

Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL

Mentors: Valerie Chock, MD, MS Epi, Krisa Van Meurs, MD, Shazia Bhombal, MD

Research: My research interest is in understanding the physiology of neonatal hemodynamics and its monitoring and management, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) especially functional echocardiograpy.