Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellows

Our Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship lasts three years. Meet our fellows who are at different stages of their career development and learn about their research projects. All of our current fellows are members of the Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (SSPS) in the Department of Pediatrics.

Janene Fuerch, Class of 2016

MD: State University of NY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY

Residency Program: Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

Primary Mentor: Louis P. Halamek, MD

Research: Current methods of bedside data display in intensive care units require healthcare professionals to assimilate multiple sources of data located in separate physical and virtual locations in order to respond to time-sensitive changes in clinical status. In the commercial aviation industry, flight cockpits are designed to facilitate expedient assimilation of time-sensitive data (aka: “the glass cockpit”). Their implementation has been shown to reduce crews’ mental workload, prevent accidents/errors and enhance cost savings. My primary fellowship research project utilizes a prospective randomized matched pairs design to determine the optimal methods of bedside data display during simulation in an effort to improve patient safety and facilitate learning.

Wannasiri (Awe) Lapcharoensap, Class of 2016

MD: University of California, San Diego in San Diego, CA (UCSD School of Medicine)

Residency Program: Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA

Primary Mentor: Henry C. Lee, MD

Research: I am working with CPQCC to study the variation in bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) rates across hospitals in California. As the most prevalent serious preterm morbidity, BPD has significant long-term pulmonary and non pulmonary implications on the health of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants.In addition to differences among clinical practices, I am investigating the impact of neonatal level of care on rates of BPD. 

Anca Pasca, Class of 2017

MD: Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Residency Program: Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

Primary Mentor: Theo Palmer, PhD

Research: I am particularly interested in brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders associated with preterm birth and perinatal diseases. Using 3D human cortical neural cultures derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, I am able to model normal and abnormal brain development in vitro. This allows for investigation of the effects of specific perinatal events (i.e. hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy) on neuronal development and maturation. Additionally, I am exploring the effects of various medications, like steroids, used in the neonatal population and known to adversely impact brain development. My goal is to uncover specific neuronal phenotypes and molecular pathways associated with neonatal diseases and to identify targeted therapies aimed at improving the long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes of NICU graduates.

Matthew Wallenstein, Class of 2017

MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY

Residency Program: Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

Primary Mentors: Gary M. Shaw, DrPH and David K. Stevenson, MD

Research: My research interests are premature birth and its causes, with a focus on maternal obesity and inflammation. I am working with David Stevenson and Gary Shaw, who are the Principal Investigator and Co-Prinicipal Investigator, respectively, of the March of Dimes Prematurity Reserach Center at Stanford University.  

Yassar Arain, Class of 2018

MD: Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR

Residency Program: Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

Primary Mentor: William Rhine, MD

Research: My research is centered on utilizing clinical informatics strategies to learn from the current practice of medicine. Currently, I have helped develop Premie BiliRecs, an EMR-integrated tool that provides recommendations for treating hyperbilirubinemia in preterm neonates based on expert guidelines. Premie BiliRecs has the potential to provide clinical decision support, while simultaneously generating evidence for improving hyperbilirubinemia management.

Anoop Rao, Class of 2018

MD: Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore in Mangalore, India

Residency Program: Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY

Primary Mentor: William Rhine, MD and Paul Yock, MD

Research: My research interests involve designing and prototyping devices using 3D printers. Specifically, I study the use, fabrication, and assembly of sensors to gather data in the neonatal critical care environment.

Other experience: In addition to my clinical training, I completed a biomedical informatics fellowship at Harvard Medical School and received a master's degree in toxicology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.