Welcome to the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship program at UCLA! We are committed to training the next generation of neonatologists and physician scientists. Our philosophy is to create an optimal educational experience in an inclusive environment to help trainees reach their maximum potential as they begin exciting academic careers. Since its inception in 1975, the program has graduated over 60 outstanding trainees who have gone on to diverse practice settings throughout the country to continue clinical and research activity in various academic institutions. Program graduates have joined faculty positions at renowned universities including UCLA, UCSF, Johns Hopkins, UC Davis, USC, University of Arizona, University of Utah, Albert Einstein University, Vanderbilt University, University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital Philadelphia, and Washington University.

The fellowship is designed to provide a rich clinical training experience in state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Units at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital as well as the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center located near the Pacific Ocean on LA's popular West Side. Clinical programs of excellence include Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Neurosurgery, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, whole-body cooling, ECMO, and neonatal dialysis. Trainees work closely with faculty and consultants representing all Pediatric subspecialties available 24 hours a day at both NICU sites.

Abundant opportunities exist for the pursuit of scholarly activities throughout the UCLA campus including basic science and clinical and translational sciences through the UCLA Clinical and Translational Institute (CTSI) (ctsi.ucla.edu), Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute (uclahealth.org/mattel/cdi/), and STAR Program (medschool.ucla.edu/star). Potential mentors are identified based on trainee interests as well as mentors with strong track records of success. Individuals interested in clinical and translational research or career goals of becoming clinician educators are encouraged to enroll in advanced degree programs through the CTSI and STAR Program.

Lastly, numerous educational opportunities exist within a highly structured educational program that includes weekly conferences encompassing relevant topics in Neonatology as well as a Pediatric Fellows College to ensure a smooth transition from trainee to faculty/attending.

Thank you for your interest in our program! We recognize that every individual must make important choices between academic and clinical paths as appropriate for his/her professional and personal goals. We believe our fellowship program sets the stage for a successful career in neonatology. We look forward to meeting you and sharing more about our program!


Margaret P. Nguyen, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor / Associate Program Director