Contact Us

Tessy Joseph, MD Program Director
Melanie Li-Kastanes Program Coordinator

Phone: (312) 864-4044

Started in 1968, the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program is one of the oldest in the country.  The NPM program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since 1984.  It is a three-year program designed to prepare fellows for the Neonatal-Perinatal sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics examination. We try to provide our fellows with an environment where they can grow professionally and intellectually. We strive to have our fellows become the best clinical and academic neonatologists.  Our comprehensive curriculum provides a strong clinical foundation to our fellows. The clinical service, along with teaching rounds and weekly conferences ensures a rich experience and good education to our fellows. Weekly multidisciplinary High-Risk clinic provides fellows with a unique opportunity to learn and provide long-term follow up care to the NICU graduates who are at risk for neurodevelopmental disability.  We designed the curriculum to ensure ample protected time for scholarly activities. The fellows participate in a wide variety of clinical, basic science and epidemiology research.

Our comprehensive training program strives:

  • To ensure an appropriate environment for the well-being and care of the patients.
  • To provide NPM trainees adequate training in the diagnosis, critical analysis of clinical problems, and management of neonates and young infants.
  • To provide NPM trainees with opportunities for progressive acquisition of skills in investigative efforts.
  • To prepare NPM trainees to create and sustain a therapeutic relationship with patients.
  • To be involved as a teacher and supervisor.
  • To emphasize scholarship on the part of the NPM trainees.
  • To develop a commitment to lifelong learning and self-instruction on the part of the NPM trainees.
  • To enable NPM trainees to develop expertise as consultants in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.
  • To provide progressive clinical, technical, and consultative experiences that will enable the NPM trainees to work effectively as members or leaders of patient care teams or other groups in which they participate as researcher, educator, health advocate, or manager.


The NPM Fellowship Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Prerequisite training/selection criteria:

  • Satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency
  • Residents from an approved Doctor of Osteopathy Pediatric program (US only)
  • USMLE/COMLEX transcript of scores
  • Medical school transcript of grades
  • At least three letters of recommendations are required
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Residents with suitable training from non-US programs may be considered


First year fellow:  1 month of clinical orientation, 5 months in direct patient care and supervision of residents and medical students, 5 months in research orientation, and 1 month of vacation.

Second year fellow:  4 months of direct patient care and supervision of junior fellows, residents and medical students, 7 months of research and 1 month of vacation.

Third year fellow:  3 months of direct patient care and supervision of fellows and residents, 1 month of cardiac surgery rotation at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 1 month at Lurie Children Hospital’s (Northwestern University, Chicago) level 4 NICU, and 1 month of vacation.

Each fellow is assigned a half-day outpatient Neonatal High Risk Clinic throughout the fellowship.

We have two maternal-fetal medicine-attending specialists in the Department of Ob/Gynecology and fellows are encouraged to do a MFM rotation at any time during their 3 years of fellowship.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Weekly Grand Rounds on neonatal topics: fellows present at least one GR per year.
  • Physiology Lectures: geared for the fellows
  • Yearly Neonatology Board Reviews
  • Bimonthly Research Conferences.
  • Weekly Journal Clubs presented by attendings and fellows.
  • Morning Reports 3 times per week.
  • Weekly Combined (Stroger Hospital/Rush Hospital) Pediatric Grand Rounds.
  • Monthly Mortality & Morbidity Conferences.
  • Monthly Simulation Sessions for residents.

Research Experience:

Teaching and research are major focuses throughout the three-year program.  Each fellow must select a choice of research area,either clinical and/or laboratory in nature.  Special interests in the Division includ epidemiology, neonatal infection, carbohydrate metabolism, caloric and energy requirements, intrauterine growth retardation, and long-term developmental follow-up.  The Scholarship Oversight Committee provides assistance in research design, protocol submission, IRB, data analysis as well as manuscript submission for publication.  Fellows have protected time throughout their fellowship to participate in various research experiences.

Neonatology Faculty:

Mopelola Akintorin, MD, Chair, Division of Neonatology
Vish Agrawal, MD

Christian Castillo, MD

Tessy Joseph, MD, Program Director, NPM Fellowship Program
Medha Kamat, MD, Director, NICU
Manhal Khilfeh, MD
Rajeev Kumar, MD
Janardhan Mydam, MD
Vishakha Nanda, MD
Shou-Yien Wu, MD, Medical Director, Neonatal High Risk Clinic


  • 4 weeks’ vacation, 12 sick days, 12 holidays, 7 conference days, 3 bereavement days
  • Maternity/paternity/family medical leave
  • Meal allowance
  • Malpractice, health, disability, dental, vision, life insurance
  • Pension plan, flexible spending account
  • Educational allowance
  • House staff Association Union
  • Parking $70/4 weeks, 2 lab coats yearly, 2 sets of scrubs yearly

Past Graduates:

The NPM Program equips the fellows with a strong academic and clinical training.  Fellows who graduated from the program have successfully found employment working as neonatologists in level 3 NICU hospitals, level 2 hospitals, and academic institutions.