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Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

Our fellowship program provides training in all aspects of neona­tal-perinatal medicine, including clinical neonatology and research.

Our program is tailored to the interests and needs of each fellow. We’ll help you achieve clinical proficiency and a broad knowledge base in neonatal-perinatal medicine. You’ll also design and complete a clinical and/or basic research project.

Our three-year program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and satisfies requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics Subspecialty Board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

While on service in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), our fellows take a strong leadership role in patient management and in teaching housestaff and nurse practitioners.

Year One

In the first year, our fellows spend about half of the year in the NICU on the clinical service. They spend most of the other half of the first year identifying, designing and implementing a research project.

Years Two and Three

In the second and third years, on-service NICU time decreases and research time increases. We’ll outline a specific program based on the interests and prior training of the individual fellow.

Our faculty members offer supervision in basic and clinical research and give fellows increased responsibility as they further their experiences in clinical neonatology.

Our fellows regularly present abstracts at the Pediatric Academic Society and Eastern Society for Pediatric Research annual meetings. Fellows from our program have been nominated for and have received prestigious awards.

All fellows do a NICU rotation as an attending senior fellow during their third year.

Our MD/MPH program is available to provide more rigorous training in clinical research.

Seminars and Conferences

Our faculty — as well as invited guest speakers — conduct a weekly series of seminars on developmental biology of the fetus and neonate, research design and methods, biochemistry and pathophysiology.

In addition to these didactic clinical and basic science lectures, we hold a biweekly clinical neonatology fellows’ case conference and monthly journal club, journal watch, pulmonary biology research seminar series, obstetrics-gynecology, QA/pathology and ethics conferences.

We conduct laboratory and clinical research conferences weekly to review ongoing projects, help plan new research and provide a forum for visiting speakers. Statistical methods and research design is provided through the Department of Pediatrics Fellows Seminar as well as journal club, other neonatology conferences and individual research project analysis. 

There are annual regional conferences, including our Perinatal Outreach Conference and Neonatology “Thruway” Conference.

How To Apply

The neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship follows three years of general pediatric residency training. Candidates should apply through ERAS and enter the Neonatology Match through NRMP.

Comprehensive information for neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship applicants is available on the AAP/ONTPD website.

In your personal statement, please tell us about yourself, your interest in neonatology, long-term plans and specific fellowship training goals.

You must provide letters of recommendation from your chair of pediatrics, the director of neonatology and two other faculty members you have worked with over the past two years.

With rare exception, we require candidates to visit Buffalo for personal interviews with members of the faculty and to meet with current fellows.

Our selection criteria include:

  • excellent residency performance record
  • goals consistent with those of our fellowship

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Program Administrator

Rhonda Saunders

Fellowship Program Administrator

Phone: (716) 878-7684; Fax: (716) 878-7945

Email: rsaunders@upa.chob.edu

Contact

Division of Neonatology
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-7673
Fax: (716) 878-7945

Program Director

Kumar, Vasanth

Vasanth Kumar, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

UBMD Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, 219 Bryant Street Buffalo, NY 14222

Phone: (716) 878-7673; Fax: (716) 878-7945

Email: vkumar3@buffalo.edu

Associate Program Director

Mathew, Bobby

Bobby Mathew, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

UBMD Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, 219 Bryant Street Buffalo, NY 14222

Phone: (716) 878-7673; Fax: (716) 878-7945

Email: bmathew2@buffalo.edu

Our Current Fellows

Mahdi Alsaleem

Mahdi Alsaleem, MD

Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine; Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan; Hometown: Irbid, Jordan

Lauren Davidson

Lauren Davidson, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine; Residency: University at Buffalo; Hometown: Dearborn, MI

Nithi Fernandes

Nithi Fernandes, MD

Medical School: St. George's University; Residency: Lincoln Medical Center; Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Susheel Muralidharan

Susheel Muralidharan, MD

Medical School: Thanjavur Medical College; Residency: University of South Alabama; Hometown: Chennai, India

Deepika Sankaran

Deepika Sankaran, MBBS

Medical School: Madras Medical College; Residency: Flushing Hospital Medical Center; Hometown: Chennai, India

Ajay Singh

Ajay Singh, MD

Medical School: M.P. Shah Medical College; Residency: Driscoll Children's Hospital; Hometown: Manakpur, India

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This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).