Fellowships in Pediatrics

Our faculty members view fellowship education as the first and most important step in transferring our academic mission to the next generation of health care professionals. Currently, more than 90 postdoctoral trainees work in the subspecialty training programs overseen by the various divisions.

Potential career tracks for these young pediatricians include:

  • Clinician-investigators
  • Teachers
  • Subspecialty consultants
  • Contributors in the fields of pediatric medicine and developmental biology
  • Balancing Education and Clinical Service

    The style of postgraduate education changed phenomenally over the past decade, prompted by recognition of some unfortunate facts surrounding the apprenticeship system used for more than a century. Residencies and fellowships often shortchanged education in the interest of clinical service.

    This new understanding resulted in academic institutions developing guidelines to help protect the integrity of the educational environment. Although welcomed by the academic community, these guidelines make it no less difficult to strike a proper balance between clinical responsibility and the demands of learning and research.

  • Goals Build Essential Skills

    Our Department sees great opportunity in these developments. We believe fellowships must accomplish three key goals -- each one focused on building essential skills that benefit residents and fellows:

    • Proficiency – Prepare them both cognitively and technically to practice their new discipline.
    • Capability – Build analytical skills and critical thinking that enables them to successfully to confront new conditions or situations.
    • Curiosity – Stimulate a strong desire to advance knowledge through research and teaching.

    To facilitate the pursuit of these goals, every division in the Department develops a training program that provides clinical experience while also exposing fellows to research and providing the means to translate inquiring into scholarship. All the subspecialty programs are certified by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and contain clinical and research experiences as set forth in guidelines from the American Board of Pediatrics for subspecialty training.

  • Additional Educational Opportunities for Fellows

    We also offer a rich array of seminars, conferences, research opportunities, and core facilities to complement the activities specific program.

    We encourage fellows to participate in local and national study programs like these:

    Fellowships from the Pediatric Scientist Training Program Awards and fellowship grants from subspecialty and research societies and the American Academy of Pediatrics UT Southwestern Medical School’s Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)
    K awards from the NIH or analogous mentored research grants Training curriculum in patient-oriented research (TCPOR) in clinical departments
  • Interdisciplinary Program Enriches Learning

    In 2004, the Department established a unique interdisciplinary program for fellowship education. Its objective: develop a departmental repository of educational and administrative resources for the enrichment of individual fellowships. The program is directed by Mackenzie Frost, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

    She works with the individual fellowship program directors and uses input from the fellows to:

    • Maintain a bimonthly conference directed toward meeting the core requirements of the ACGME for all training programs.
    • Provides a site for the presentation of fellow and faculty research.
    • Creates an opportunity for social interaction or general discussions between the fellows.

Fellowship Programs by Division

The Department of Pediatrics offers these fellowship programs:

Fellow Education Faculty

Pediatric Fellowship Program Directors

Jenny K. Francis, M.D., M.P.H.

Jenny K. Francis, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

  • Program Director, Adolescent Medicine
David A. Khan, M.D.

David A. Khan, M.D.

Professor

  • Program Director, Allergy and Immunology
Sadia Malik, M.D, M.P.H.

Sadia Malik, M.D, M.P.H.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Cardiology
Suzanne R. Dakil, M.D.

Suzanne R. Dakil, M.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Program Director, Child Abuse
Michael Green, M.D.

Michael Green, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care
Renee Potera, M.D.

Renee Potera, M.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care
Veronica M. Meneses, M.D., M.S.H.S.

Veronica M. Meneses, M.D., M.S.H.S.

Assistant Professor

  • Program Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Jo-Ann Nesiama, M.D.

Jo-Ann Nesiama, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Sing-Yi Feng, M.D.

Sing-Yi Feng, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Perrin White, M.D.

Perrin White, M.D.

Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology
Melissa Ham, M.D.

Melissa Ham, M.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology
Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, M.D.

Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, M.D.

Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Meghana Sathe, M.D.

Meghana Sathe, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Garrett K. Gotway, M.D., Ph.D.

Garrett K. Gotway, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism
Tanya C. Watt, M.D.

Tanya C. Watt, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Vineeta Mittal, M.D., MBA

Vineeta Mittal, M.D., MBA

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Tiffany Lieu, M.D.

Tiffany Lieu, M.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease
Michael E. Sebert, M.D.

Michael E. Sebert, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease
Imran N. Mir, M.D.

Imran N. Mir, M.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Smitha Vidi, M.D.

Smitha Vidi, M.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Nephrology
Tanya Martinez-Fernandez, M.D.

Tanya Martinez-Fernandez, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Pulmonology
Preeti B. Sharma, M.D.

Preeti B. Sharma, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Pulmonology
Tracey Wright, M.D.

Tracey Wright, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Pediatric Rheumatology

Neurology Fellowship Program Directors

Susan Arnold, M.D.

Susan Arnold, M.D.

Professor

  • Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology, Pediatric Track
Deepa Sirsi, M.D.

Deepa Sirsi, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Epilepsy, Pediatric Track
Jennifer Muncy Thomas, M.D.

Jennifer Muncy Thomas, M.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Program Director, Fetal and Neonatal Neurology
Tonia M. Sabo, M.D.

Tonia M. Sabo, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Headache Medicine, Pediatric Track
Jaya Trivedi, M.D.

Jaya Trivedi, M.D.

Professor

  • Program Director, Neuromuscular Medicine, Adult Track
Diana P. Castro, M.D.

Diana P. Castro, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Neuromuscular Medicine, Pediatric Track
Susan Iannaccone, M.D.

Susan Iannaccone, M.D.

Professor

  • Program Director, Neuromuscular Medicine, Pediatric Track
Ty Shang, M.D.

Ty Shang, M.D.

Associate Professor

  • Program Director, Vascular Neurology, Adult Track
Michael M. Dowling, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.C.S.

Michael M. Dowling, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.C.S.

Associate Professor

  • Associate Program Director, Vascular Neurology, Pediatric Track