Neonatal Fellowship Program


The Neonatal Fellowship at the University of Louisville is a three-year ACGME accredited program divided into clinical service rotations and research. Clinical service rotations are split between Norton Children’s Hospital level IV NICU and the University of Louisville Hospital level III NICU. Fellows have the opportunity to see patients in the Neonatal High-Risk Follow-Up outpatient clinic in the state-of-the-art Novak Center for Children's Health, and they also accompany the "Just for Kids" Transport Team during the transport of critically ill infants.

Time is dedicated to clinical and laboratory research and outcomes research.  Fellows in the Neonatal Fellowship Program will use this time for reading, independent study in the sub-specialty area, and preparing for lectures and teaching. The Neonatal Fellowship's link to basic sciences is considered a crucial and mandatory element of training.


Applications may be submitted via ERAS® – The Electronic Residency Application Service.
When submitting your application through ERAS, please include the following:

  • ERAS common application form
  • Current CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one letter must be from your residency training program)
  • Wallet size photograph
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG status report (for International Medical Graduates only)

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted July 1 – October 1 each year. All materials must be received to be considered complete.  Since we cannot set up interviews until all materials are received, we urge applicants to complete the process of obtaining letters of recommendation, transcripts and forms on a timely basis.


Following a review of the applications, applicants that are a good match for our program will be contacted to set up an interview. Interviews will be scheduled between September and October.  The Division of Neonatology provides candidates with one night hotel accommodations as well as a dinner with our current neonatal fellows the evening before the scheduled interview.

Our interview day involves faculty and fellows of the division and a tour of the University of Louisville NICU and Norton Children’s Hospital NICU.  If you have specific research interests, please make this known prior to your visit and we will set up time with faculty involved in that area of research.

The Match

We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for all positions.  Please review the National Residency Matching Program web site for match registration policies and dates -

Contact Us

For more information about the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Denise Abels

Research Curriculum Conference Series

The course is designed to guide fellows through their research experience.  Modules include conducting a literature review, developing a research question, writing the protocol and statistical plan.  Other topics include the ethical conduct of research, basic statistics and graphing, ways of presenting data and how to write a paper.  This course alternates meeting times with the monthly research conference in the Dept. of Pediatrics.

Weekly Core Curriculum Conference Series

The conference series consists of one hour weekly lectures which are designed around the ACGME six core competencies. The conferences are presented primarily by the neonatal faculty and faculty from the Department of Pediatrics. Occasional speakers from outside the department are asked to supplement the educational program.  The conferences are mandatory and an essential part of the fellow’s educational process.  The Neonatal Board Review Course and Faculty Mentored Journal Club are a part of this academic conference series.

Neonatal Board Review Course

This is a one hour course held on a bi-monthly basis.  The fellows are required to read the correlating chapter in Brodsky’s Board Review prior to the course and are given 15-20 board-like questions prior to the course which they are asked to review.  The questions are then reviewed with the faculty mentor and the questions are answered.  After the course, the fellows are given the answers to the questions and are able to use the questions for individual study.

Faculty Mentored Journal Club

This is a one hour bi-monthly course during which the fellows learn to critically review the neonatal literature and are further acquainted with tools for statistical analysis.  Statistical analysis is a component of the neonatal board examination.

Weekly Division of Neonatology Conference Series

This conference series is composed of one hour weekly lectures which provide fellows with exposure to a variety of topics presented by Pediatric Sub-specialists and Perinatologists.  The conference is a mandatory and integral part of the fellow’s educational process.  Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality and Fetal Board are a part of this academic conference series.

Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality

This is a one hour monthly conference during which the fellows present cases of neonatal morbidity and mortality.  Fellows are encouraged to explore an applicable neonatal topic and to present it at this conference.

Year 1MonthsLocation
(first two weeks of fellowship)
0.5Norton Children's Hospital/
University of Louisville Hospital
NICU6Norton Children's Hospital/
University of Louisville Hospital
Research5Norton Children's Hospital
Outreach Clinic

4 times/year

Bowling Green/Owensboro/Paducah
Year 2MonthsLocation
NICU5Norton Children's Hospital/
University of Louisville Hospital
Research6Norton Children's Hospital
Outreach Clinic

4 times/year

Bowling Green/Owensboro/Paducah
Year 3Months Location
NICU4Norton Children's Hospital/
University of Louisville Hospital
Research7Norton Children's Hospital
Outreach Clinic3 times/yearBowling Green/Owensboro/Paducah

Research Requirement

In addition to the time spent participating in guided research during the clinic rotation, fellows have several months devoted to research alone.  Fellows are encouraged to identify areas of research interest early in the program and to establish mentors.  It is our expectation that all fellows will have submitted a publication by the time they graduate.

Current Fellows

Amanda Barton, MD - PGY 6
Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergrad: University of Denver, Denver, CO
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
Residency: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA


Diane Buckley, MD - PGY 4
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergrad:  University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Medical School:  University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
Residency:  University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

Rebecca Decker, DO - PGY 5
Hometown: Covington, LA

Undergrad: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Medical School: Kansas City Univeristy of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, MO
Residency: The Children's Hospital at Palms West, Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, Loxahatchee, FL


Jennifer Gibson, MD - PGY 6
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Undergrad: George Washington University, Washington, DC
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Residency: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA

Daniel Kahn, MD - PGY 4
Hometown:  Charleston, West Virginia
Undergrad: Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia
Residency: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

Carrie Moore, MD - PGY 4
Hometown: Follansbee, WV
Undergrad: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Medical School: West Virginia School of Medicine, Charleston, WV
Residency: West Virginia School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV

John Stack, MD - PGY 5
Hometown: Madison, IN
Undergrad: Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Residency: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas

Past Fellows


Amanda Farris, MD - Norton Children's Medical Group, Louisville, KY
Emily Miller, MD - University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Jordon Simpson, DO - Private Practice, Idaho


Abhinav Pal, MD - Pediatrix Medical Group, Topeka, Kansas
Natalie Pettit, MD - Baptist Health Lexington-Pediatrix Medical Group, Lexington, KY.
Monika Rydzewska - Neonatal Associates, Crozer-Keystone Health Systems, Crozer Chester Medical Center, Division of Neonatology, Upland, PA


Cynthia Crabtree, DO – Norton Children's Medical Group, Louisville, KY 
Rahul Oberoi, MD – Freeman Health System, Joplin, MO 


Catherine Alexander – East Memphis Neonatology Associates, Memphis, TN 


Matt Arnold, MD – Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI 
Shamaila Gill, MD – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 
Ryan Smith, MD – Norton Children's Medical Group, Louisville, KY 


Russell Chowning, MD – St. Mary's, Evansville, IN 
Hannah Fischer, MD – University of Louisville Neonatology, Louisville, KY 
Nassir Raoof, DO – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 
Amber Ratliff, DO – SSM Heath Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Fellowship Program Leadership

Lori Devlin, DO, MHA, Program Director
Associate Professor, Pediatrics




For information about the Neonatal Fellowship Program at the University of Louisville, please contact the Neonatal Program Coordinator:

Denise Abels, Neonatal Program Coordinator

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