Fellowship Training Program

Our Mission

The overall goal of our fellowship training program is to prepare pediatricians for an academic career in pediatric infectious diseases by developing skills in clinical infectious diseases, teaching, and research. The rich clinical experiences and the world-class academic environment of NYU provide a well-rounded and exciting fellowship experience.

Program Overview

Inpatient clinical training takes place at NYU/Hassenfeld Children's Hospital and at Bellevue Medical Center. These sites provide exposure to a broad scope of pediatric infections, consistent with the global community of New York City. Outpatient clinical training includes participation in comprehensive pediatric infectious diseases clinics and rotations through specialty clinics in viral hepatitis, tuberculosis and immunodeficiency. Formal training in clinical and diagnostic microbiology, virology and immunology as well as epidemiology, biostatistics, research design, grant writing and infection control are provided. Each fellow carries out laboratory-based or clinical translational research supervised by a multidisciplinary faculty scholarly oversight committee. Research opportunities extend to other laboratories within the NYU community and collaborating institutions.


Fellows attend weekly pediatric infectious diseases case conferences, joint adult/pediatric infectious diseases grand rounds, pediatric grand rounds/multidisciplinary morning report, and pediatric infectious diseases fellow didactic sessions. Division journal clubs and research conferences are held several times per month.

Courses & Electives

In addition to NYU-sponsored training in clinical research methods, fellows take SHEA courses in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control and the NYC DOH/CDC sponsored Training Course in Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
For interested fellows, 1-2 week clinical electives are available in the following areas: Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantion ID, Adult ID, Antibiotic Stewardship and Infection Control, Immunodeficiency, Global Health Policy (WHO), and Global and Tropical Health.

Research and Other Scholarly Activity

Starting in the first year of fellowship, fellows work with faculty mentors and their scholarly oversight committee to develop a meaningful, rigorous research experience. Emphasis is placed on developing a scientific question, learning appropriate research methods, quantitative data analysis and statistical methods, interpretation, and communication of results through presentation and publication. Fellows have ample opportunity to present their work locally and are expected to present abstracts at national meetings and to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. Mentors and committees work closely with the fellows to develop these skills and to ensure progress throughout the fellowship program.

Additional Training Programs

Master of Science Degree in Clinical Investigation
CTSI Physician Scientist Training Program

Current Fellows

Carine Hedari, M.D.

Carine was a medical student at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and a resident at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.

Francisco Gonzalez, M.D.

Francisco was a medical student at the Universidad Central de Venezuela Escuela de Medicina Luis Razetti in Venezuela and a resident at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.


Our Previous Fellows

Fellow Residency Research Fellowship Years Post-Grad Position
Ami Patel, MD, MPH Advocate Children’s Hospital Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) 2016-2019 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Sharon Vuppula, MD Flushing Hospital Medical Center HIV outcomes 2014-2017 Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, NYC
Joselito Sanchez, MD Elmhurst Hospital Center Kingella septic arthritis 2013-2016 World Health Organization
Djin-Ye Oh, MD Tufts Medical Center Neonatal monocyte responses 2011-2014 ADARC/Rockefeller
Veena Ramachandran, MD Cleveland Clinic Entamoeba receptors 2011 - 2014 Blanck Childrens, LA
Julie Martin, MD Wake Forest Ascariasis diagnostics 2010-2013 U of Georgia
Cecile Punzalan, MD Maimonides/St.Vincents HBV in pregnant women 2009-2012 FDA
Tiffany Knipe, MD NY Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Staphylococcus aureus 2008-2011 Private Practice, NYC
Maria Garcia Fernandez, MD Iowa Children's  Ascariasis 2007-2010 Rockeller Hosp, Guat
Alka Khaitan, MD  Case Western Th17 responses in HIV  2006-2009 NYU
Jennifer Lighter, MD Albert Einstein New TB Diagnostics 2005-2008 NYU
Charlotte Hobbs, MD U-FL Gainesville Malaria 2004-2007 NIH, U of Mississippi
Iracema Arevalo, MD Lincoln Hospital Leishmaniasis  2004-2007 Toledo U SOM, Ohio
Juliana Ofori-Mante, MD Lincoln Hospital  HIV CD4 reconstitution 2003-2006 Greenville, N Carolina
Abigail Freedman, MD SUNY Stony Brook Smallpox recall responses 2002-2005 DuPont/St Chris, PA

Application Process

NYU's Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program participates in ERAS.

To apply, please go to https://www.aamc.org/services/eras.

Applicants must submit a completed application form, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement explaining their interest in pediatric infectious diseases.

If you have any other questions regarding the fellowship program or application process, please contact the program coordinator at meena.casas@nyumc.org.

Contacts for the Fellowship Program

For questions about the NYU Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, contact:

Rebecca Pellett Madan, MD
Fellowship Program Director
430 East 29th Street
Alexandria Center for Life Sciences West, Room 501
New York, NY 10016

NYU Pediatric Fellowship Programs 
Email - rebecca.pellettmadan@nyulangone.org

Medical Student & Resident Training

Current medical students and pediatric residents interested in pediatric infectious diseases may complete a rotation or conduct research within our department. For more information, please contact Dr. Gail Shust at Gail.Shust@nyulangone.org.