UCSF Fellowship Training Program in Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine


The Fellowship program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is committed to training the next generation of neonatologists to develop and translate scientific advances to improve the care and outcomes for neonates worldwide. The Fellowship program is intended for individuals planning a career in academic medicine, with a focus on protected time for research and career development. Fellows receive comprehensive training in clinical Neonatology and their chosen research field for a combined period of 3 or 4 years. Each year the program accepts 3 new fellows through the National Resident Matching Program (Pediatric Specialties Fall Match).

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) starting in July of each year. In addition to the standard application requirements, candidates should include a research statement describing their current and anticipated future research interests, as well as relevant previous experiences. The research statement should also outline potential mentors and specific programs of study available at UCSF that will advance the career goals of the applicant.

UCSF and the Department of Pediatrics is committed to training a diverse healthcare and research workforce.

Current Fellows

Fellowship Alumni

Kimberly Grelli, MD
Research Mentor: Dawn Gano, MD, MAS
Work Product: Association of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia with White Matter Injury and Neurodevelopmental Performance in Preterm Infants
Current Position: East Bay Newborn Group

Katherine Wu, MD
Research Mentor: Emin Maltepe, MD
Work Product: Birth Asphyxia Model for Development of Neurotherapeutics
Current Position: East Bay Newborn Group

Elizabeth Crouch, MD
Research Mentor: Eric Huang, MD, PhD
Work Product: Common progenitors in the ventricular zone of the developing human brain have angiogenic and neurogenic potential
Current Position: UCSF

Katsuaki Kojima, MD
Research Mentor: Edward F. Chang, MD
Work Product: Evoked responses underlying speech envelope tracking
Current Position: Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Rachael Beckert, MD, RD
Research Mentor: Elizabeth Rogers, MD, Laura Jelliffe, PhD and Sue Rhee, MD
Work product: Maternal Anemia and Pregnancy Outcomes: A Population-Based Study
Current position: Neonatologist at Kaiser San Francisco

Ernesto Gonzalez, MD
Research mentor: Anita Moon-Grady, MD (Pediatric Cardiology)
Work product: Practice and Utility of Genetic Testing Practices in Infants with Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease
Current position: Attending, Good Samaritan Hospital

Annie Fang, MD
Research mentor: Dawn Gano, MD (Child Neurology)
Work product: Patterns of Injury and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in a Prospective Cohort of Neonatal Encephalopathy
Current position: Attending, Kaiser Oakland

Emily Stieren, MD, PhD
Research mentor: Peter Walter, PhD (Biochemistry and Biophysics)
Work product: Mechanisms of Creb3L1 Activation and Trafficking During Development
Current position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Nicole Weiss, MD
Research mentor: Tom Newman, MD, MPH (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
Work product: Early Screening for Hereditary Spherocytosis (HS) in a Population of Jaundiced Neonates
Current position: Attending, Kaiser Santa Clara

James Anderson, MD
Research mentor: Elizabeth Rogers, MD
Work product: Resuscitation, Survival and Major Morbidity of 22-24 Week Infants Born in California
Current position: Attending, East Bay Newborn Specialists

Melissa Liebowitz, MD
Research mentor: Ron Clyman, MD
Work product: Prophylactic indomethacin compared to delayed management of the patent ductus arteriosus and neonatal morbidity in premature infants < 28 weeks gestation
Current position: Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF

Melissa Morgan, MD
Research mentor: George Rutherford, MD (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
Work product: Pulse Oximetry to Guide Oxygen Therapy in Neonates Born at a Resource-Limited Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya
Current position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Kathryn Ponder, MD
Research mentor: Susan Fisher, PhD (Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences)
Work product: Preeclampsia and Inflammatory Preterm Labor Alter the Human Placental Hematopoietic Niche
Current position: Attending, East Bay Newborn Specialists

Lawrence Shiow, MD, PhD
Research mentor: David Rowitch, MD, PhD
Work product: Understanding the Molecular Basis of Neonatal White Matter Injury: Inflammation, Prostaglandins and Wnt Signaling
Current position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Leslie Lusk, MD
Research mentor: Roberta Keller, MD
Work product: Fetal Ultrasound Markers of Severity Predict Resolution of Pulmonary Hypertension in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Current position: Attending, East Bay Newborn Specialists

Catherine Rottkamp, MD, PhD
Research mentor: Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD (Neurology)
Work product: Role of Oxygen Tension in OSVZ Oligodendrocyte Differentiation
Current position: Assistant Professor, UC Davis

Luke Judge, MD, PhD
Research mentor: Bruce Conklin, MD (Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease)
Work product: Isolation of single-base genone-edited human iPS cells without antibiotic selection
Current position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Eunice Rhee, MD
Research mentor: Joseph McCune, MD, PhD
Work product: The Study of Immune Layering and Vaccine Effector Response (SILVER)
Current position: Attending, Kaiser Los Angeles

Lisa Bain, MD
Research mentor: Michael Kuzniewicz, MD, MPH
Work product: Factors Associated with Failure to Screen Newborns for Retinopathy of Prematurity
Current position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford

Gavin Henderson, MD, PhD
Research mentor: Jennifer Puck, MD
Work product: Interplay Between Single Resistance-Associated Mutations in the HIV-1 Protease and Viral Infectivity, Protease Activity, and Inhibitor Sensitivity
Current position: Attending, Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek

Mark Petersen, MD
Research mentor: Katerina Akassoglou, PhD (Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease)
Work product: Role of Fibrinogen in Neonatal Brain Injury
Current position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Cindy Tran, MD
Research mentor: Joanne Engel, MD PhD (Infectious Disease)
Work product: Decoding bacterial determinants of Pseudomona aeruginosa in call-associated bacterial aggregation and host membrane protrusion formation
Current position: Attending, Kaiser San Francisco

Andrea Wickremasinghe, MD
Research mentor: Tom Newman, MD, MPH (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
Work product: Black Race is Not Protective Against Hazardous Bilirubin Levels
Current position: Attending, Kaiser Santa Clara

UCSF Fellowship Training Program in Neonatal Neurology

This is a 1-3 year non-ACGME accredited fellowship program that is designed to meet the needs of child neurologists and neonatologists who are interested in advanced training for a clinical or academic career in neonatal neurology. Fellows are funded for the first year of the program and must seek additional external funding if they wish to pursue a second and third year.