Preparing Neonatologists in Academic and Clinical Excellence

Our comprehensive, structured curriculum includes High-Risk Obstetrics and Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery rotations, and participation in didactic and interactive scheduled activities.

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Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

The Case Western Reserve University-Cleveland Clinic Foundation-MetroHealth Medical Center Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training is designed to train and prepare neonatologists in academic and clinical excellence through a comprehensive, structured curriculum. Training will include High-Risk Obstetrics and Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery rotations and participation in didactic and interactive scheduled activities. Fellows will also be given a significant portion of time to complete the American Board of Pediatrics requirement for research or significant scholarly activity.

Fellows will have the opportunity to train at both the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) at MetroHealth Medical Center. Clinical training facilities include two high-tech Level III NICUs (49 and 18 beds) with more than 1,000 admissions annually and with provision for nitric oxide and ECMO. Newborns with complex issues are referred to our facilities from providers all over NE Ohio in addition to two Level III community NICUs within the Cleveland Clinic Health System. 

Initiated in 2004, this combined program has grown from the 20-year ACGME-accredited neonatal training program at MetroHealth Medical Center. Both are nationally recognized centers of academic excellence, and now jointly offer superior training in neonatal-perinatal medicine in a combined neonatal fellowship program under the auspices of the university.

This fellowship program draws on more than 20 faculty members from MetroHealth NICU and CCF Children’s Hospital. The neonatal team is supported by more than 150 pediatric medical and surgical sub-specialists, including cardio-thoracic surgeons, at the CCF Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at MetroHealth.

Current research interests of the neonatal faculty include respiratory physiology, placental physiology and preterm labor, neonatal nutrition, neonatal follow-up and bioinformatics. Extensive research training in both clinical and basic science is available. An NIH-funded Clinical Research Unit (CRU) supporting clinical studies sits adjacent to the NICU at MetroHealth.

For more information about this program, please contact Cassandra Smith, program coordinator.  


Deepak Kumar, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, CWRU
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program
[email protected]


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