Welcome to the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

The Vanderbilt University Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program was established in 1962, one of the first in the United States. Contemporary clinical care, an outstanding research environment, and dedicated faculty contribute to an extraordinary training experience for up to 4 fellows in each of 3 years. Fellows join our program from all over the United States.

Our program is directed towards developing academic leaders in the field of neonatology through innovative clinical care, basic science research, clinical research, and education.

Our mission is:

  • To train exemplary clinicians with a comprehensive understanding of fetal and neonatal physiology and pathophysiology and commitment to evidence-based practices in neonatal care
  • To provide an excellent scholarly experience in the development of scientific knowledge
  • To encourage the pursuit of an academic career in neonatology

This is accomplished through a comprehensive clinical experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University Medical Center; a structured curriculum that includes fetal and neonatal physiology and pathophysiology, as well as research design and methodology, statistics, and ethics; and a mentored research experience typically leading to presentations at national meetings, peer-reviewed publications, or completion of an advanced degree. Upon successful completion of the program, fellows are eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Our division's faculty has a wide array of clinical interests including:

  • Bioethics
  • Care of the extremely low gestational age infant
  • Comprehensive multidisciplinary fetal care
  • Care of the neonate with pre-operative congenital heart disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • ECMO in the neonate
  • Quality Science
  • Health Services Research
  • Ventilatory mechanics

Our faculty also perform research in the following areas:

  • Bioethics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Determinants of preterm labor
  • Health Policy
  • Lung development
  • Lung injury and recovery mechanisms
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Pregnancy and Women’s Health
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Reproductive biology
  • Vascular development

In addition to the research opportunities available within the Division, our fellows are able to take advantage of the many research opportunities throughout the Vanderbilt system. We are proud of the diverse research that our faculty and fellows undertake and the tremendous clinical and research mentorship opportunities available. We are glad you are considering our program for your training and look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Maria Krakauer, MD

Maria Krakauer, MD
Fellowship Program Director
maria.krakauer@vumc.org