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Newborn Medicine

Newborn Medicine Fellowship Program

The mission of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship program at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center is to create a comprehensive educational environment for our trainees to develop into excellent clinicians, researchers and teachers who will become leaders in their clinical and academic careers. 

We aim to accomplish this mission by:

  1. Providing broad clinical experience in neonatal pathophysiology and evidence-based medical care.
  2. Exposure to scholarly work including clinical, translational, basic science research, medical education and quality improvement.
  3. Providing education and mentoring opportunities to develop as role-models and teachers. 
  4. Fostering mentor/mentee relationships which encourage fellows to pursue academic careers. 
  5. Excellence and innovation in didactic education. 

Clinical Experience

The Division of Newborn Medicine at Floating Hospital for Children provides excellent neonatal care to newborns throughout an extensive network of nurseries, with an average of 11,000 deliveries yearly.  The Obstetrical service at Tufts Medical Center has a strong emphasis on prenatal diagnosis and high-risk Obstetrics; 90% of all deliveries in our center are high risk deliveries. Additional high-risk mothers who present to our affiliate level I and II centers are transferred to the Tufts NICU. A dedicated Neonatal Transport Team transfers newborn in need of a higher level of care from our affiliates and other community hospitals to Tufts-Floating NICU. Once here, infants receive advanced specialized treatments including high frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), therapeutic total body cooling,and pediatric sub-specialty care including various pediatric surgical care options. Tufts also provides a wide compliment of surgical services for complex neonatal conditions.

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 home to 45 ACGME accredited training programs. We are also home to Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care and the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. 

A full spectrum of follow-up services for high-risk NICU graduates is provided at Floating Hospital's Center for Children with Special Needs. Our NICU's High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program provides comprehensive developmental evaluation services and follow-up assessments. Comprehensive training and research collaborations between Neonatology and Developmental Behavioral pediatrics allows for trainees to choose a combined fellowship in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. 

Fellows as Frontline Physicians and Educators

Our fellows form an integral part of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the are the core of NICU transport team. Fellows are the front-line physicians in every aspect of clinical care. The faculty and nurses are all invested in their training and education. Our clinical network enables us to expose our trainees to a high-risk population with a broad range of high-acuity diagnoses. Exposure to complex care and follow up care are also guaranteed through our network of hospitals. Complex surgical patients are co-managed with the surgical specialties with neonatal-perinatal fellows again being the frontline physicians. 

Developing excellence in clinical educators is an integral part of fellowship, and as the Floating Hospital for Children is the primary teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and home to a very successful pediatrics residency program, fellows get ample opportunity to acquire and practice teaching, mentoring and leadership skills. Opportunities for teaching include formal didactic teaching sessions, daily multidisciplinary new patient discussions in the NICU and informal bedside teaching during daily rounds. 

 

The curriculum is structured to foster educational, academic and scholarly excellence as well as outstanding, high-quality patient care. Thirteen months of the three-year fellowship are devoted to the clinical service. Clinical time reduces as fellows progress through the years of fellowship, with the majority of the third year devoted to scholarly activities.

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 subspecialty infants and acquiring proficiency in handling ethical dilemmas and bereavement. All first-year fellows serve as members of the QI committee that oversees all QI activities in the Division.

During the second year, the focus is on developing their research and honing clinical skills. The clinical responsibilities are reduced after the first year as research endeavors become established. Additionally, per ACGME requirements, each fellow also becomes a leader of a QI project. The third-year fellow is expected to function autonomously in the NICU and also acts as an attending during the “pretending” service block.

Clinical Schedule

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellows spend approximately thirteen months on clinical service and rest of the time is dedicated to research/scholarly activities. 

 

First year (PGY 4)

Second Year (PGY 5)

Third Year (PGY 6)

NICU Service

20 weeks

12 weeks

8-9 weeks

NICU F/U Clinic

23 half days

15 half days

 

Fellows primarily take in-house call at Tufts NICU and some calls at level 2 special care nursery where they function in an attending role.  Fellows rotate through a CICU for a 3-4-week period in their senior years. Senior fellows have the option of pursuing a more intense clinical elective in maternal-fetal medicine, ECMO or pediatric cardiology. The call frequency lightens with advancing fellowship years to allow for elective and research endeavors.

Educational Curriculum

The Division of Newborn Medicine at Tufts is dedicated to the training and education of our neonatal-perinatal fellows. We strive to incorporate variable teaching methods by mixing traditional lectures with hands-on simulation, 'flipped classroom” and group discussions. Fellows are also encouraged to join faculty development seminars provided by the Department of Pediatrics, as well as other department-wide seminars. Below is a description of the structured educational activities provided during the neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Tufts Medical Center. 

A. Daily

  • Morning board rounds: fellow leads multidisciplinary, evidence-based discussion of management plans for high risk impending deliveries, patient flow and new patient/challenging case discussion. Fellows also participate in daily rounds with the obstetric service.

B. Bi-weekly

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Physiology Curriculum Series based on the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications, and additional topics related to the practice and science of neonatology. Twice weekly sessions completed over a two-year cycle during fellowship. 

C. Weekly: The weekly Neonatal/Perinatal Divisional conference provide a medium for faculty as well as national experts to present on their area of authority. It provides fellows an opportunity to present mentored educational conferences. 

  • Evidence-based topic reviews on a broad range of topics relevant to the practice of neonatology (divisional)
  • Case discussions (divisional)
  • Journal club: critical appraisal of a peer reviewed publication (divisional)
  • Surgical case discussion with our pediatric surgical colleagues and pertinent review of literature.

Other weekly conferences:

  • Pediatric Grand Rounds (departmental)
  • Pediatric Cardiology Conference (with cardiac surgery and cardiology)
  • Tufts Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) center seminars are available to interested fellows.

D. Monthly

  • Multidisciplinary Simulation Curriculum addresses key neonatal, high acuity low occurrence (HALO) scenarios and difficult/ethically challenging conversations.
  • The Mother Infant Research Institute (MIRI) seminars present cutting edge, multi-disciplinary research focusing on fetal, maternal and newborn health. 
  • Fetal boards: discussion of complex pathologic states of mother and or fetus with MFM and appropriate subspecialty service. 
  • Mortality, and Morbidity conferences are fellow led and peer reviewed. These also address adverse events and quality issues using root cause analysis under faculty mentorship.  The report of QI/QA issues is presented at monthly NICU QI/QA meetings and fellows participate in developing divisional QI practices. 
  • 18-month Combined Pediatric Subspecialty Fellow's Research Curriculum is in development, to address the ABP core scholarly curriculum requirements. 

E. Quarterly

  • Medical economics curriculum will occur quarterly introducing fellows to the concept of business of medicine/neonatology.
  • Research seminars (fellow and faculty project updates) including quality improvement project updates. 

F. Yearly

  • Simulation Boot camps: First year fellow participate in the CHOP Simulation Boot Camp in July of entering year. Senior Fellows participate in the Regional Simulation Boot Camp hosted by Tufts Division of Newborn Medicine. 
 

Fellows of Division of Newborn Medicine can engage in a broad variety of research opportunities within the Division of Newborn Medicine and Department of Pediatrics, as well as outside the division. There are NIH-funded research opportunities in clinical, basic science and translational sciences associated with the Division of Newborn Medicine and the Mother Infant Research Institute, directed by Dr. Jill Maron. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to work in any of the laboratories associated with the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Tufts CTSI, broader Tufts University and other non-Tufts facilities in the Boston area. The scope of research opportunities includes but is not limited to; developmental biology, placental biology, salivary transcriptome and genomics, perinatal epidemiology, molecular biology, genetics, infectious diseases, neonatal outcomes research esp., neuro-developmental outcomes, respiratory outcomes, clinical investigation, clinical trials, quality improvement, simulation 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 core scholarly curriculum sessions, and regular research seminars can be supplemented with a wealth of resources from the Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University community, allowing each fellow's training to be tailored to individual goals.

Core Scholarly Curriculum and Other Research Support

Fellows receive an initial orientation to available research opportunities. In the past years, core scholarly curriculum topics have been addressed during the fellow educational seminars. This academic year will mark the introduction of a research retreat with the goal of providing an introduction to research opportunities, expectations and addressing overall purpose of research or scholarly work in fellowship. This will be followed by a 18 month research curriculum shared between all pediatric fellowships addressing the ABP and ACGME core curriculum requirements. Specific core curriculum needs of neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows will be addressed by workshops and or group sessions.

Statistical support for fellow research is available in our division with faculty trained in epidemiology and biostatistics and through the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center. Fellows are encouraged to apply for intramural and extramural grants and may begin pursuit of funds to extend structured research training into the future. Fellows are supported to present their research at major regional and/or national conferences. Select fellows also attend the AAP sponsored Annual Fellows Seminar and Annual Perinatal Strategies Conferences. Other conference attendance based on fellow specific interest are encouraged.

Timeline of Research

First Year

July to December

January to June

  • Meet prospective mentors based on research interest
  • Identify Research Mentor
  • Under guidance of mentor develop study hypothesis, review pertinent literature to increase understanding of chosen research
  • Develop study protocol
  • Obtain IRB approval

Under guidance of mentor

  • Complete IRB approval if pending
  • Learn allied research skills
  • Preliminary data collection
  • Begin study
  • Initiate manuscript writing: background, hypothesis, aims and methods
  • Identify Quality Improvement project and initiate action plan (either as PI or co-investigator)

Second Year- Greater emphasis on research

July to December

January to June

  • Continue conduct of experiment with ongoing data collection, interpretation and analysis.
  • Grant application (encouraged)
  • Abstract submission to national and regional meetings based on progress in study
  • Attend workshops/seminars on manuscript writing, specific research designs and or obtaining further research skills
  • Continue/complete QI project

 

  • Progress/Complete study experiment
  • Design new research project based on current or preliminary results.
  • Continue Manuscript writing
  • Complete quality improvement project.
  • Complete manuscript.
  • Abstract submission for national/regional meetings
  • Attend National/Regional Meetings
  • Initiate other scholarly work pursuits: review articles, systematic meta-analysis, journal clubs, case reports etc.
  • Continue/complete QI project

Third Year- Largely focused on research

July to December

January to June

  • Complete study experiment
  • Complete manuscript and submit for publication
  • Continue work on other scholarly work
  • Complete QI project
  • Abstract submission to national and regional meetings
  • Attend workshops/seminars on manuscript writing, specific research designs and or obtaining further research skills
  • Complete unfinished work both for primary fellowship research project and other scholarly work
  • Complete manuscript and submit for publication
  • Abstract submission for national/regional meetings
  • Attend national/regional meetings
  • Identify future mentors and collaborators
  • Apply for further grant support or K awards based on future academic pursuits

Romal Jassar, MD
Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

Jennifer Duchon, MDCM, MPH
Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

Jonathan M. Davis, MD
Chief, Division of Newborn Medicine
Vice Chair of Pediatrics

Geoffrey G. Binney, Jr., MD, MPH
Acting Pediatrician-in-Chief, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center
Acting Chairman of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine

Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Mother Infant Research Institute
Vice Chair of Pediatric Research

Jaclyn Boulais, MD
Associate Medical Director, NICU

Bushra Afzal, MD
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

Mario Cordova, MD
Director, Neonatology, Lowell General Hospital
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

Christiane E. L. Dammann, MD
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

Karen B. Harvey-Wilkes,MD
Director, Neonatology, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

Anjali Iyengar, MD
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

H. Ozlem Kasaroglu, MD
Director, Neonatology, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

Megan Reyes-Wangh, DO
Director, Neonatal Follow-Up Program, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

Raja R. Senguttuvan, MD
Director, Neonatology, Lawrence General Hospital
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

Alexandra M. Smith, MD
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

MaryAnn V. Volpe, MD
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center
Vice Chair of IRB
Director, Neonatology, MetroWest Medical Center

Elizabeth Yen, MD
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center

3rd Year NPM Fellows 

Rina Mosley, MD is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Rina Mosley, DO
Dr. Mosley grew up in South Carolina and completed medical school and residency in Georgia at PCOM-GA and Medical College of Georgia respectively. She worked as a Pediatric and then NICU hospitalist for 2 years prior to starting NICU fellowship in 2016.  Her research interest lies in medical education. She is working under the mentorship of Dr. McGuirl on developing a NICU orientation curriculum for the interns and assessing their confidence and satisfaction as well as working on a quality improvement initiative to optimize calcium phosphorous balance in the preterm TPN dependent population. Outside of the NICU she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, pretending to be a home chef, and exploring New England.

Ramya Natarajan is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Ramya Natarajanm, MD
Dr. Natarajan completed the 7 year medical program at The College of New Jersey and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She finally decided to cross the GWB and move to NYC for residency at Albert Einstein-Jacobi Medical Center. She loved living in Manhattan during residency, and got really good at winning the lottery to Broadway shows! But after three years, she was ready to explore places outside of the tristate area and headed up the coast for fellowship at Tufts. Her research interests are medical education and simulation. She is currently working on a simulation based research project involving neonatal resuscitation of extremely low birth weight infants and transport from delivery room to the NICU. 

2nd Year NPM Fellows

Raghava Kavalla, MBBS, M.P.H. is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Raghava Kavalla, MBBS, MPH
Dr. Kavalla was born and raised in a beautiful city of Hyderabad in India. After finishing medical school, she moved to US to pursue Masters in Public Health at Brown University; later, she did two years of research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She did her residency at Albert Einstein medical center in the city of brotherly love, where she found her love for neonatology. During residency, she became a master trainer in Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Program through which she spent a month in Telangana, India teaching neonatal resuscitation to a group of midwives and nurses. She is pursuing global health research under the mentorship of Dr. Patricia Hibbard at BU. When not at work, she spends time with her husband and two adorable children Meera and Kiran. 

Jane Chung, MD is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Cathy (Xin) Yu, MD
Dr. Yu was born in Beijing, China and grew up in Springfield, IL. She went to medical school and residency at Southern Illinois University. She cherished being near family, and also met her husband in Springfield during medical school. She recently married this past January in China! After 6 years of training in the Mid-west, she finally decided to leave home and start her journey in the East Coast. Her scholarly interests are in quality improvement, looking at optimizing noise levels in the NICU and monitoring certain associated clinical outcomes.  Outside of work, she enjoys eating, traveling and working out. 

Jane Chung, MD is a newborn medicine fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.Jane Chung, MD
There is not one place that Dr. Chung calls home because she has lived everywhere! She has journeyed through Los Angeles, Seoul, Korea, New Jersey, San Francisco, and San Diego.  After finishing medical school at St. George’s University, she finished pediatric residency at Cooper University Hospital. Under the mentorship of Drs. Volpe and Iyengar, she will be studying risk factors for developing BPD and respiratory outcomes with changing trends in respiratory care.  She is working with Drs. Afzal and Tarui to identify risk factors for developing IVH and a targeted approach to reduce the incidence of IVH in our unit.  

1st Year NPM Fellows

Dr. Shawana BibiShawana Bibi, MD
Dr. Bibi grew up in Pakistan and graduated from Ayub Medical College in Pakistan. She joined Boston Children’s Hospital for residency after having done a pediatrics residency in Pakistan. Dr. Bibi decided to stay in Boston to pursue Neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Tufts. She is still exploring scholarly work options, but her research interests lie in neonatal encephalopathy, sepsis and newborn health in the developing countries. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, travelling, spending time with family which includes her husband and two beautiful children. 

Dara Azuma, MDDara Azuma, MD
Dr. Azuma graduated from University of Hawaii for medical school and joined Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center for residency and decided to stay as a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow. She will be exploring research associated with infants of diabetic mothers under the mentorship of Drs. Maron and O'Tierney-Ginn at the Mother and Infant Research Institute at Tufts. Ethics and palliative care is another area which definitely sparks an interest. When not at work, Dr. Azuma likes to play tennis, softball and is a good baker.  

Tina Jumani, MDTina Jumani, MD
Dr. Jumani came back to her home town after finishing medical school in Maine and residency at Albany Medical Center, NY. Dr. Jumani has been involved with Donor Breast Milk research at Tufts in the past testing the effects of Donor Breastmilk Feeding on Growth and Early Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Preterm Infants. She is interested in HIE as well as simulation education for future research. In her spare time, she loves trying out new restaurants in the Boston area. She loves to dance (Bollywood and Zumba), and run, in addition to spending time with her husband and family. 

 

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 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.

Class of 2018

Kikelomo Babata, MD
Dr. Babata completed her pediatric residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York and subsequently practiced pediatric primary care for the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. During fellowship she worked with the ELGAN group under the mentorship of Dr Olaf Dammann, focusing on the neurocognitive outcomes and the socioemotional and communication limitations of preterm infants with late bacteremia. She had two publications out of her core scholarly work published in Journal of Pediatrics and Early Human Development. Dr. Babata will be working as faculty at UT-Southwestern.

Ruby Bartolome, DO
Dr. Bartolome completed her pediatric residency and a chief resident year at The University of Connecticut Medical Center. During fellowship, Dr. Batolome investigated the genetics of oral feeding and speech and language development. Dr. Bartolome is an attending neonatologist at Boston Medical Center.

Hayley Friedman, MD
Dr. Freidman completed residency at St. Louis University. Throughout fellowship, her core interest in advocacy and public health guided her research endeavors, focusing on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) within the setting of the current opioid epidemic. She remained actively involved in the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine as the District I TECaN Representative (2015-2017), and now as the co-chair of the TECaN Advocacy Campaign, and as TECaN ONTPD liaison to neonatology program directors. Dr. Freidman is currently a neonatologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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.

Neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship program at 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. We support J1 Visas for international applicants. Applicants must register with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). For information, visit the NRMP web site. 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.

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.

 

To learn more about the Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, please contact:

Romal K Jassar, MD
Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
email: rjassar@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Jennifer Duchon, MD
Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
email: jduchon@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

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