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Newborn Medicine

Newborn Medicine Fellowship Program

The Division of Newborn Medicine has longstanding partnerships in perinatal care, training, and collaborative research with Tufts Medical Center's Divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Medical Genetics as well as the broader Tufts University campus. The Obstetrical service at Tufts Medical Center has a strong emphasis on prenatal diagnosis and high-risk Obstetrics, and delivers approximately 1,400 infants at Tufts Medical Center (90% high risk) and an additional 10,000 in the other 8 level I and II  in our extensive referral network each year. The close professional ties between the fellows and faculty of the three Divisions allow for innovative research, diagnosis, and therapy of the fetus and newborn at Floating Hospital, resulting in a superb multidisciplinary training environment for our fellows. Our clinical network enables us to expose our trainees to a high-risk population with a broad range of high-acuity diagnoses. Exposure to chronic care aspects and connection to primary providers is also guaranteed through our network, which is covered by our faculty. 

A full spectrum of follow-up services for high-risk NICU graduates is provided at Floating Hospital's Center for Children with Special Needs under the direction of Monica Ultmann, MD. Our NICU's High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program, provides comprehensive developmental evaluation services and follow-up assessments for randomized trials. Comprehensive training and research collaborations between these two subspecialty programs allow for trainees to choose a combined fellowship in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, which has expanded the multidisciplinary training environment for both of the fellowships.

The fellowship program is well connected with:

The Division of Newborn Medicine participates in the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) match program. To apply online for the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program, please visit the ERAS website for more information. International applicants, we support J1 Visas.

Please include the following with your application (through ERAS [Link:]):

1. ERAS application (CAF)

2. 3-4 letters of recommendation (LoRs)

  • Must include: one letter from your residency Program Director and one letter from a Neonatology faculty member
  • Strongly suggested: one letter from another critical care specialist

3. Personal statement including a description of research interests and career goals

4. Current curriculum vitae

5. Medical student performance evaluation/Dean's letter

6. Wallet-size color photograph

7. USMLE transcripts or COMLEX transcripts (transmitted by the NBME)

8. ECFMG status report (for International Medical Graduates) 

Matching Program

Applicants must register with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). For information, visit the NRMP web site.


After applications are thoroughly reviewed, qualified candidates will be contacted for a personal interview. The interview involves several of our faculty and fellows. If the candidate has a specific research interest, every effort will be made to include faculty working in that area during the visit. 


Admission to Tufts Medical Center’s Program is competitive, so applicants should apply early. We generally match two to three trainees per year. The deadline to apply is October 31. Applications can be submitted beginning July 15.

The curriculum is structured to foster educational and academic excellence as well as outstanding, high-quality patient care. Twelve months of the three-year fellowship are devoted to clinical service. Clinical time is concentrated in the first and second years, with the majority of the third year devoted to scholarly activities. The clinical experience at Floating Hospital for Children offers the opportunity to master advanced techniques while acquiring a sound foundation in the fundamentals of neonatal physiology, evidence-based care , neonatal transport, and convalescent care. The overall training focuses on the six core competencies and accompanying milestones for each competency, while involving multiple aspects of quality improvement (QI).

During the first year clinical rotations, fellows concentrate on developing a broad fund of knowledge while improving their clinical, technical, supervisory, teaching and team leadership skills. They work closely with the attending neonatologists in overseeing care for all infants in the NICU, including co-management of all surgical and cardiothoracic patients and infants admitted to clinical units outside the NICU. NICU rotations provide a supportive environment for fellows to progressively develop competence in academic leadership, and teaching skills while collaborating with medical students, pediatric residents and neonatal nurse practitioners. With attending support, fellows acquire proficiency in effective, sensitive communication by assisting and guiding families in times of ethical dilemma and bereavement. All first year fellows serve as members of the QI committee that oversees all QI activities in the Division.

Rotations on the antenatal consultation and labor and delivery service offer daily interactions with the Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Genetics services and provide exposure to perinatal genetics, physiology, diagnosis and intervention. While on the antenatal consultation service, fellows supervise delivery room resuscitation and stabilization for all high-risk infants. Fellows are trained in the transport of critically ill newborns and in post- operative cardiac care and ECMO by our PICU and cardiology faculty. They also participate in the Newborn Follow-Up Program.    

During the second year, the fellow becomes proficient, and in the third year the fellow develops real expertise in the 6 core competencies. Each fellow also becomes a leader of an ongoing QI project. The clinical responsibilities are reduced as research endeavors become established. Fellows continue to develop their knowledge of advanced topics in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and enhance their academic leadership and teaching skills. Senior fellows have the option of pursuing a more intense clinical elective in ECMO, maternal-fetal medicine, or pediatric cardiology as part of their 12 months of clinical training. In the second and third years, fellows rotate through our level II nurseries; they spend their final clinical rotation demonstrating their competence as they function as junior attending physicians in our NICU while being supervised by a senior attending.

The Division of Newborn Medicine maintains an atmosphere of inquiry and evidence-based practice with a major focus on quality of care through regular seminars, journal clubs and presentations on a variety of clinical, investigational, and research topics. Fellows attend core lectures on neonatal intensive care and research related topics, which are offered regularly throughout the year. Procedural and simulation training is offered regularly while a core curriculum lecture series on advanced topics in neonatal medicine is offered specifically to enhance the fund of knowledge in preparation for subspecialty certification examination. The Division of Newborn Medicine, the Department of Pediatrics and Tufts Medical Center also hold a number of other educational weekly conferences. Our clinical curriculum is in tight alignment with the ACGME and ABP requirements for subspecialty training and all fellows path their APB boards with their first attempt. Dr. Dammann is the chair of the Organization of Neonatology Training Program Directors (ONTPD) and leads the networking approach between the NPM training programs in the US. All faculty are members of the AAP.

National Institutes of Health-funded research facilities in clinical and translational sciences associated with the Division of Newborn Medicine and the Mother Infant Research Institute, directed by Diana Bianchi, MD, are available for scholarly activities. 

In addition, fellows have the opportunity to work in any of the laboratories associated with the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the broader Tufts University. Faculty and fellows in the Division of Newborn Medicine collaborate with faculty at Tufts CTSI and Tufts University in educational research. Faculty and fellows are also members of other major research facilities in surrounding institutions and Universities, including Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine.

Floating Hospital's Division of Newborn Medicine has a longstanding history of participation in multicenter clinical trials and NIH-funded clinical investigation. In addition, structured training in study design, epidemiology, clinical investigation and health policy research is available for fellows interested in systematic pursuit of a career in clinical research or clinical trials.

Fellows in the Division of Newborn Medicine can engage in a broad variety of research opportunities in developmental biology, perinatal epidemiology, molecular biology, genetics, outcomes research, clinical investigation, clinical trials, ethics, quality improvement, and medical education. The goal of the Fellowship Program’s research training is to provide a foundation for successful independent inquiry by focusing and developing research interests and skills in a supportive, collegial environment. Careful mentoring, structured didactic sessions, and regular research conferences can be supplemented with a wealth of resources from the Tufts Medical Center community, allowing each fellow's training to be tailored to individual goals.

First-Year Fellows

Research endeavors begin in the first year, but are introduced gradually to accommodate clinical responsibilities. An initial orientation to the Division's research opportunities is followed by selection of an academic mentor. Fellows may choose their mentor from among the faculty of the Division of Newborn Medicine, other faculty in the Department of Pediatrics or other departments in the Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts University Health Sciences Campus, or other Boston academic institutions. Thereafter, fellows devote the remainder of their first year to acquiring greater familiarity with the literature and methods in their chosen area of research, and to initial investigations that focus on specific research interests and questions. Early experiments provide the opportunity for training and experience in data management, analysis, and interpretation and the results may be used for initial efforts at preparation of abstracts and research presentations for peers within the Division. Fellows are encouraged to attend a regional and/or national research conference during the first year.

Second- and Third-Year Fellows

In the second and third years of fellowship, clinical responsibilities are reduced and there is an increased emphasis on research. Fellows acquire experience and training in data evaluation and interpretation. As initial experiments are completed and familiarity with the research literature grows, fellows begin to build on existing results by designing new research projects. The second and third years also provide more focused training in preparation of abstracts and manuscripts, including integration of computer resources in academic work. During this phase of training, fellows are encouraged to undertake initial efforts at preparation of grants, and may begin pursuit of funds to extend structured research training into the future. During the second or third years, fellows are encouraged to present their research at regional and/or national conferences.

Fellows complete their training at Tufts Medical Center, a 415-bed hospital providing a range of services from routine medical care to treating the most complex diseases affecting adults and children. Tufts Medical Center is also home to Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care. Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, is a level I trauma center, provides comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, and offers cutting-edge cancer treatments.

Members of the Division of Newborn Medicine are involved in collaborative research and training efforts with colleagues in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, and Kosovo. Members of the Floating Hospital's Division of Newborn Medicine, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, coordinate teaching programs that provide training in neonatal resuscitation and neonatal intensive care to several hospitals in these countries.

Christiane Dammann, Program Director

Alexandra Smith, Associate Program Director

Jonathan Davis, Chief of Newborn Medicine

Geoff Binney, Associate Chief of Newborn Medicine
Mario Cordova, Director of Neonatology, Lowell General Hospital
Gina Geis, Associate Medical Director, NICU
Karen Harvey-Wilkes, Director of Neonatology, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
Anajli Iyengar, Neonatologist
H. Ozlem Kasaroglu, Director of Neonatology, Brockton Hospital
Jill Maron, Neonatologist
Sunita Pereira, Neonatologist
Jaclyn Ruggiero, Neonatologist
Maryann Volpe, Neonatologist

3rd Year Fellows

Kikelomo Babata, MD is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Kikelomo Babata, MD
My name is Kikelomo Babata. I was born in the warm and sunny city Lagos, Nigeria. Medicine has always been a part of me, with my Dad being a Surgeon and my mum a Nurse. My journey to Tufts is a bit of a long and “atypical” one. In some ways it feels like I have found my way back “home” to Boston. I moved to the United States to join my husband about 9 years ago in the City of Boston. I did my residency in Bronx New York. During this period I was blessed to have 2 beautiful boys Monsur and Marzuq who continuously keep me on my toes. I then moved to the beautiful calm and quiet town of Eau Claire Wisconsin where I would work as a primary care physician for 4 years. During this period, I continued to care for premature infants about 90 minutes away from the nearest level 3 NICU. I found this the quite enjoyable and decided to make the decision to do this for the rest of my life. That led me full cycle back to Boston, my starting point in the United States. My love for Neonatal outcomes brought me back to Tufts Medical Center. I am working with my research mentor Olaf Dammann on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at 10 years of age of ex preterm infants with late onset sepsis. This has continued to be a great learning experience. During my free time I continue to enjoy all things kid related- The museums, oceans, parks and everything else beautiful that Boston has to offer. 

Ruby Bartolome, DO
Hi everyone! My name is Ruby. I was born in the Philippines and my family and I moved to Baltimore, MD when I was 11. I stayed near home during college, majoring and Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I took a year off to do research at UMD then ventured to Philadelphia for medical school where I met my husband, Eben (who's from Boston!). For residency, I went to UCONN and stayed for a chief year. And now, I am happy to be a neonatal fellow here at Tufts. For research, I'm working with Dr. Maron in the Mother Infant Research Institute. My area of interest is the genetics of oral feeding and speech and language development. When I'm not working, I enjoy oil painting, trying new restaurants, rooting for the Baltimore Ravens, and being hopeful for the Baltimore Orioles. I'm so excited to be in Boston and continue to explore the city with Eben and our dog Gus!

Hayley Friedman, MD is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Hayley Friedman, MD
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California to South African parents, one would think I would never consider leaving the sunny California weather! Yet, I have been fortunate to have studied and lived in numerous cities, now with the final training stop in Boston. I was a Political Science major at Northwestern University in Chicago, then completed my pre-med studies at Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and received a Masters in Biological Sciences.  I had an amazing experience in medical school at GW Med in Washington, DC, and developed my interest in pediatric health advocacy from the federal and international perspective, with a unique opportunity to work on Capitol Hill.  Now after completing residency at Saint Louis University, my love for the Arch and toasted ravioli solidified, I have loved living in Boston as a Neonatology fellow. My research project is focused on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and the impact of maternal poly-pharmacy on neonatal outcomes. I am also very involved in the AAP and currently a representative of the young neonatology group known as TECAN. Otherwise I enjoy travel, swimming, active outdoor activities, spinning, spending time with friends and family, being a foodie, Game of Thrones and Scandal!

2nd Year Fellows

Rina Mosley, MD is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Rina Mosley, MD
I grew up in South Carolina and completed medical school and residency in Georgia. I moved to Boston to be with my husband 3 years ago. I worked as a pediatric and then NICU hospitalist over the past 2 years prior to starting fellowship here at Tufts. I am excited to be training here and have a research interest in medical education. I just had our first baby in August 2016 and he dominates most of my free time these days! Otherwise I enjoy college football (Go Gamecocks!), traveling, and spending time with my family exploring New England.

Ramya Natarajan is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Ramya Natarajan
I grew up on the Jersey shore, and stayed in NJ for the 7 year medical program at The College of New Jersey and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. I finally decided to cross the GWB and move to NYC for residency at Albert Einstein-Jacobi Medical Center. I loved living in Manhattan during residency, and got really good at winning the lottery to Broadway shows! But after three years, I was ready to explore places outside of the tri-state area and headed up the coast for fellowship at Tufts. Although I have only been at Tufts for a couple months, the collegial and collaborative environment has made it a wonderful experience thus far. During fellowship, I'm interested in pursuing a scholarly project in simulation/education research. Outside of work, I enjoy eating my way through the many great restaurants in Boston, traveling, dancing, and going to the theater.

1st Year Fellows

Raghava Kavalla, MBBS, M.P.H. is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Raghava Kavalla, MBBS, MPH
I am one of the first year fellows at Tufts MC.  I was born and raised in a beautiful city of Hyderabad in South India. After finishing medical school, I moved to US to pursue Masters in Public Health at Brown University; Later, I did two years of research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We lived in rural Northern Maine for my husband’s first job, before joining residency at Einstein medical center in the city of brotherly love.  This is when I found my love for neonatology. During residency, I became a master trainer in Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Program.  I was fortunate to meet Dr. Riley from Baylor, who invited me to join on her next trip to India.  So in the summer 2016, I was able to spend a month in my home state in Telangana India, teaching neonatal resuscitation to a group of midwives and nurses.  I am excited to begin my training at Tufts, and hope to continue my research interests in international newborn medicine during fellowship and beyond.  When I am not at work, I like to spend time with my family that includes my husband and our 6-year-old little girl Meera.

Jane Chung, MD is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Cathy (Xin) Yu, MD
I'm one of the new first year fellows at Tufts MC. I was born in Beijing, China and grew up in Springfield, IL (about 3 hours south of Chicago). I went to medical school and residency at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, IL. I loved being near family, and also met my husband in Springfield during medical school. We just married this past January in China! After 6 years of training in the Mid-west, I finally decided to leave home and start my journey in the East Coast. During fellowship, I am interested in completing research work with Dr. Maron in the Mother Infant Research Institution. Outside of work, I enjoy eating, traveling, working out, and watching Netflix. I am very excited to be in Boston and can't wait to start exploring!

Jane Chung, MD is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Jane Chung, MD
Hi everyone! My name is Jane and I was born in California and raised in Seoul, Korea!  I eventually found my way back to California and lived under the sun and by the beach throughout college at UCSD! Medical school and residency brought me to the Northeast and I’ve decided to brave the winter out here for 3 more years at Tufts!    I’ve lived in Boston for 2 years prior to medical school so am happy to come back to this beautiful city and try all the new restaurants/bars!   Also, I have a beautiful furry American Eskimo dog named Zoe who loves the snow, so she is very excited.  When I’m not hanging out with my pup, you can find me doing yoga, taking/editing photos, planning my next adventure abroad, watching Game of thrones, or attempting to play guitar!   I am so excited to start neonatal fellowship at Tufts and I am interested in doing research on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.


Class of 2015:

Carmina Erdei, MD
Dr. Erdei was a fellow in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics from 2011 to 2015. Under the mentorship of Dr. Olaf Dammann, she studied antenatal antecedents of the development of autism in extremely low gestational age newborns (ELGAN) using the M-CHAT. The research was presented at the Harvard Newborn Medicine Fellows Research Symposium, NEPS, ESPR, and PAS. Carmina authored papers published in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine and Pediatrics. She received the Natalie V. Zucker Research Center for Women Scholars Award and travel awards from ESPR and the Susan Saltonstall Foundation. Her QI project on “Reductions in Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) in the NICU” was presented at the VON QI Consortium, the New England Neonatology Quality and Safety Forum, and PAS. She is now an attending neonatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

Jessica Davidson, MD
Following pediatric residency at Tufts MC, Dr. Davidson was a fellow in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine from 2012 to 2015. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Maron, she studied salivary diagnostics, examining the role of olfaction in successful oral feeding in preterm infants. Her QI projects focused on education and communication surrounding prenatal consults, building a transport module, and improving adherence to non-invasive ventilatory support in the NICU. Her research was presented at Levine Children's Hospital QI Coaching Conference, Harvard Newborn Medicine Fellows Research Symposium, NEPS, ESPR, and PAS. Through her involvement in AAP/TECaN (Trainee and Early Career Neonatologists), Dr. Davidson received a travel award and a leadership award. Dr. Davidson is working as an attending neonatologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  

Noeet Elitsur, MD

Dr. Elitsur was a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellow from 2012 to 2015. Under the mentorship of Dr. MaryAnn Volpe, she developed a novel interactive tool to teach the importance of lactation to parents in the NICU. She was awarded an Innovations in Education Intramural Research Grant by Tufts University School of Medicine and presented the result at NEPS, ESPR, PAS, and AAMC Group of Educational Affairs conferences. Her QI project focused on hospital stay reduction for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which was presented at the VON meeting. She won numerous travel awards from NEPS, ESPR, Susan Saltonstall, and Discovery Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Elitsur is an attending neonatologist at Nemours, AI duPont Hospital for Children. 

Laura Madore, MD
Dr. Madore came to Tufts MC for her Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship from 2012 to 2015. Under the mentorship of Dr. Rimi,Sen, she received a Natalie V. Zucker Research Center for Women Scholars Award, focusing her research on how the use of donor breast milk in preterm infants affected their growth rates and neurodevelopmental outcome. A recipient of numerous travel awards, Dr. Madore presented her study at ESPR, the American Society of Nutrition, the New England Conference on Perinatal Research, and PAS. The result of her study was published in Clinical Therapeutics. She is currently a neonatologist at Baystate Medical Center.

Class of 2016:

Nasim Gorji, DO
Dr. Gorji was a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellow at Tufts MC between 2013 and 2016. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jonathan Davis, she conducted research examining the role of Clara Cell Protein in normal lung homeostasis. Her study was published in Neonatology and presented at ESPR and PAS. Dr. Gorji presented her QI project titled “Supporting Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Staff through Post-Death Debriefings” at The Harvard Newborn Medicine Fellows Research Symposium. She is currently a neonatologist at University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital.

Annette Scheid, MD

Dr. Scheid did her postdoctoral research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and completed a Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship from 2013 – 2016 at Tufts Medical Center. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ofer Levy, Dr. Scheid studied the role of TLR8 agonist in immunomodulatory effects of live BCG vaccine in neonatal innate and adaptive immune responses, and the role of TLR7/8 in overcoming hyperresponsiveness to pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. The results of these studies have been published in Pulmonary Circulation, Journal of Allergy and Clinical immunology, and JCI Insight. She presented her research at PAS, ESPR, Harvard Newborn Medicine Fellow Research, and Judah Folkman Research Day. She also received ESPR and Saltonstall Travel Awards, the SPR Fellow Basic Research Award, and won Best Neonatal Research Presentation at NEPS. Under the mentorship of Dr. Pereira, she also conducted QI projects on delayed cord clamping in preterm infants and a department- wide “Health Literacy and Enhance Relationships and Services (HEALERS)” project. Dr. Scheid is currently a neonatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Class of 2017:

Jaclyn Boulais, MD
Dr. Boulais was a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellow at Tufts Medical Center from 2014 to 2017. Under the mentorship of Dr. Bonnie Arzuaga, she completed her research project on parental and physician perspectives regarding concern for mortality in the NICU. She was involved in the department wide QI initiative 'Health Literacy and Enhance Relationships and Services (HEALERS) Project.' She is a neonatologist at Tufts Medical Center.

Jessica McGovern, DO
Dr. McGovern was a Neonatal Perinatal Medicine fellow from 2014 to 2017. Under the mentorship of Dr. MaryAnn Volpe, she studied the utility of interactive educational modules in improving nursing knowledge of the care of extremely preterm and at risk term newborns. This research was presented at the NEPS. She was involved in the department wide QI initiative 'Health Literacy and Enhanced Relationships and Services (HEALERS) Project.' She currently works as a neonatologist at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Diana Yanni, MD
Dr. Yanni was a Neonatal Perinatal Medicine fellow between 2014 and 2017. Under the mentorship of Dr. Olaf Dammann she studied the role of antenatal and postnatal inflammation in cerebral white matter damage and neurodevelopmental outcome in ELGAN. Her research was published in Pediatric Research. She was a recipient of Natalie V. Zucker Research Center for Women Scholars Award. She presented her research at PAS and ESPR and was an ESPR Young Investigator Award Trainee Finalist. She was involved in the department wide QI initiative 'Health Literacy and Enhanced Relationships and Services (HEALERS) Project.' She is currently a neonatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Other Alumni:

Elisha Wachman, MD is a graduate of the Boston Combined Residency Program Dr. Wachman was a fellow from 2010 to 2013. Working with Dr. Jonathan Davis, she studied whether single nucleotide polymorphisms in the multidrug resistance and mu opioid receptor genes were associated with an increase in the incidence and severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome. Her research was presented at ESPR, PAS and NEPS. She received ESPR travel awards and won the PAS Best Clinical Research Abstract award. Dr. Wachman joined Boston Medical Center and is also pursuing her interests in NAS. 

Silfa Mazara, MD was a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellow from 2007 to 2010 working with Dr. MaryAnn Volpe examining how oxygen exposure affects transcription factors during the progression of lung airway branching, vessel development, and cellular maturation. Her study was presented at PAS and the American Thoracic Society and published in Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling. She is a recipient of an AAP Klaus Perinatal Research Grant, Ikaria Research Grant Award, PAS Fellow’s Basic Science Research Award, and the New England Perinatal Society (NEPS) Research Award. Dr. Silfa Mazara joined the Medical Director of the SCN at Holy Family Hospital. 

Sharmeel Khaira, MD was a Newborn Medicine fellow from 2011-2014. Under the mentorship of Dr. MaryAnn Volpe, she pursued research examining whether expressed breast milk (EBM) protein content predicts accumulated protein deficit after preterm birth. The research was presented at PAS and ESPR. She was the recipient of the ESPR Meritorious Scientific Poster Award and Natalie V. Zucker Research Center for Women Scholars Award. She won an ESPR Travel award as well as the NIH New Investigator Travel Award.  Dr. Khaira joined the faculty at the Women’s Hospital of Texas. 

Ceara McNiff, MD was a neonatal-perinatal fellow from 2005-2008. Dr. McNiff is currently employed by Boston Children's Hospital's Newborn Medicine Division, and works full-time at Beverly Hospital in the Special Care Nursery doing clinical care. Dr. McNiff also co-directs the Community Outreach Program for the Newborn Medicine Division. At Beverly Hospital, she is a member of the Perinatal Committee. Dr. McNiff lives in Gloucester with her husband, Vincent, and new son, Finn, born this summer.

Juliette C. Madan, MD, MS was a neonatal-perinatal fellow from 2003-2006. Dr. Madan’s fellowship project was PDA research; She did two projects (one and a half then finished as a first year attending the second one) looking at PDA and its treatment and the association between PDA therapy, gestational age, and likelihood of success of therapy and GI complications potentially related. Dr. Madan’s second project was the NRN study of PDA therapy and long-term neurodevelopmental impairment, NEC and BPD. The first was published in Neonatology in 08, the second in Pediatrics in ‘09. During fellowship Dr. Madan was a fellow in the Clinical Research Program at Tufts and received my masters degree in science in clinical research. Since fellowship, Dr. Madan was an attending for 2 years at Tufts doing clinical research with the NRN as above, and work on maternal obesity and neonatal outcomes (3-4 publications). In the past year, Dr. Madan transitioned to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where she is 70% research 30% clinical, and her research focus is the developing microbiome in infants (premature infants and infants with CF) and correlating respiratory and GI microbial colonization with health and disease. Dr. Madan currently has a 2 year career development grant as well as 3 foundation grants that support her research, and will be applying for K23 in 2010. 

Jill Maron, MD, MPH was a fellow in Newborn Medicine from 2003-2006. During her fellowship, she conducted research on fetal gene trafficking in the maternal circulation at term gestation under the guidance of her mentor Dr. Diana Bianchi. This work laid the foundation for her continued ongoing collaboration with Dr. Bianchi and sparked in her interest in the genomics and proteomics of the developing fetus and premature neonate. She is the recipient of multiple research grants including the Natalie V. Zucker Women in Science Award, the Tufts Pediatric Research Grant and the Charles H. Hood Foundation grant. She is also the recipient a NICHD K08 Career Mentor Scientific Development award which provides funding for genomic salivary analysis on premature infants to noninvasively monitor their development, assess feeding tolerance, and attempt to identify novel biomarkers associated with unique disease processes in this vulnerable patient population. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and has authored several papers, a review article and a book chapter since the start of her fellowship at Tufts Medical Center. 

Philip Pan, MD was a neonatal-perinatal fellow from 2001 to 2004. He is now the associate director of neonatology at Bellevue Woman's Center a level 2+ NICU in Schenectady, NY and an assistant clinical professor in neonatology at Albany Medical Center the regional perinatal level 3 NICU in Albany, NY. Dr. Pan’s interests include primarily clinical neonatology and genetic disorders and administrative duties including billing, coding, and statistics. His practices are actively involved in resident training and nursing education. At Tufts, Dr. Pan worked with Dr. Diana Bianchi studying serum cff-DNA in IVF-conceived pregnancies. cff-DNA appeared to be independent of other traditional serum screening markers and may be used as an additional marker for risk assessment of fetal Down syndrome.

Patoula G. Panagos, MD was a Newborn Medicine fellow from 2011-2014. Together with colleagues from the ELGAN study, Kristi Washburn-Tolsma explored whether early or late and presumed or definite neonatal bacteremia are associated with an increased risk of severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). She analyzed data from 1059 infants born before week 28 of gestation and found that definite late neonatal bacteremia seems to be an independent risk factor for prethreshold/threshold ROP and plus disease, and presumed late bacteremia seems to be related to prethreshold/threshold ROP. The resulting paper was published in the prestigious journal ARCHIVES OF OPHTHALMOLOGY and selected as one of the highlighted papers in the month of December 2011.

Fellows complete their training at Tufts Medical Center, a world-class academic medical center located in Boston and the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. It also sponsors nineteen specialty ACGME-accredited clinical training programs.

Tufts Medical Center is a 415-bed robust organization, providing everything from routine medical care to treating the most complex diseases affecting adults and children. Tufts Medical Center is also home to the Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care.

Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, is a level I trauma center, provides comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, and offers cutting-edge cancer treatments. Tufts Medical Center is also home to The Boston Gamma Knife Center, the first and only Gamma Knife Center in Massachusetts and northern New England.

To learn more, contact:

Christiane E.L. Dammann, MD
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program
Saima Aftab, MD
Associate Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program

Lori Meady 
Fellowship Coordinator, Pediatrics
Division of Newborn Medicine
Floating Hospital for Children

800 Washington Street
Tufts Medical Center, Box #44
Boston, MA 02111 USA
Phone: 617-636-5322
Fax: 617-636-1456