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Neonatal fellowship program

Preparing highly-motivated NICU physicians for careers as scientists, teachers and clinicians.

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that provides exceptional training opportunities and experience in clinical care, research and teaching. Not all of our graduates have chosen to pursue full-time academic careers, but they are uniformly strengthened by the training experiences, tools and teaching they received for whatever professional path they chose.

We are proud of our graduates and the fact that over the past 15 years they have all not only passed Neonatal Boards on the first attempt but have gone on to leadership positions in clinical care, research and education reflecting both who they are and the training they received. Learn more about the Division of Neonatal Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

Program opportunities

How to apply 

Applications should be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)The Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

Contact the pediatric NICU fellowship team

Fellowship director Karen Hendricks-Munoz, MD, MPH William Tate Graham Professor and Chair Neonatal Medicine 
Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU 
Box 980276 
Richmond, VA 23298-0276 
Phone: (804) 828-9964 
Fax: (804) 828-6662 
Fellowship coordinatorKaren Weeks Phone: (804) 828-9964 
Associate fellowship director Joseph Khoury, MD Email:
Fellowship advisory faculty member Nayef Chahin, MD Email:

Meet the team

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Gayathri V. Nair, MD
Gayathri Nair MD Neonatal medicine Read more
Emily Ott, NNP
Emily Ott NNP Neonatal medicine Read more
Allison Williams, PhD LCP
Allison Williams PhD LCP Psychology
Neonatal medicine
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Adel Abdallah, MD
Adel Abdallah MD Neonatal medicine Read more
Mark Astoria, MD
Mark Astoria MD Neonatal medicine Read more
Nayef Chahin, MD
Nayef Chahin MD Neonatal medicine Read more
Melissa Dollings, NNP
Melissa Dollings NNP Neonatal medicine Read more
Jenny Fox, MD, MPH
Jenny Fox MD, MPH Neonatal medicine Read more
Meet our fellows

Meet our fellows

With advanced training in specialty areas of pediatric research and practices, our current fellows are given the tools the succeed in order to provide the best care for children.

Meet our current fellows

Become a pediatric fellow at CHoR

CHoR seeks the most qualified applicants for all fellowship programs.

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