Fellowship Vision, Mission, and Goals

Luc Brion, M.D.
Luc Brion, M.D.,
Fellowship Program Director
Rashmin Savani, M.B.Ch.B.
Rashmin Savani, M.B., Ch.B., Professor, Neonatal–Perinatal Division Chief
Mackenzie Frost, M.D.
Mackenzie Frost, M.D., Assistant Professor, Fellowship Program Associate Director


We envision that our graduates will positively impact the health of neonates through their leadership, research, and excellence in patient care.


We have three missions:

  • Patient Care: We will strive to improve the standard of practice and ensure the highest quality of care to neonates in our hospitals and around the world. We will care for neonates with the highest respect for their precious lives in a family-centered, compassionate, and caring environment, and utilizing evidence-based approaches to treatments that are regularly evaluated and updated.
  • Research: We will pursue new knowledge through high-quality research that explores unanswered questions and tests and refines previously established ideas in developmental biology and neonatal-perinatal care. We will engage in world class clinical, translational, and basic science research, aimed at improving babies’ lives throughout their lifespan. We will work collaboratively within and outside our institution in order to generate important discoveries that will enhance medical practice and inform the medical community and the public of evidence-based approaches to neonatal-perinatal medicine.
  • Education: We will impart knowledge, instill excitement for learning, and translate and refine questions into focused areas of research for our trainees. We will train future leaders in neonatal medicine, who will work in an academic or private setting and deliver the highest quality care to their patients. We will accomplish this by:
    • Allowing fellows to pursue their interests in a structured manner in order to produce quality research, addressing significant questions in neonatal-perinatal medicine.
    • Promoting a collegial environment that provides ample opportunity for fellows to grow and learn from their own and others’ experiences.

Goals of the Program for Each Trainee

The Neonatal–Perinatal Fellowship Training Program integrates a strong background in basic and/or clinical research with excellent clinical training in neonatal-perinatal medicine and is compliant with all regulations.

The overall goals of the Training Program are to provide an environment that will permit each trainee to:

  • Develop expertise in the care of all neonates, and experience in the follow-up and assessment of NICU graduates.
  • Develop skills in the design, understanding, and performance of clinical and/or laboratory research that will result in a better understanding of fetal and/or neonatal development, physiology, and pathology and the completion of at least one mentored research or scholarship project under the supervision of a scholarship oversight committee.
  • Develop knowledge of fetal and neonatal physiology and evidenced-based approaches to therapy.
  • Develop expertise in all six core ACGME competencies.
  • Be prepared for a successful academic or clinical career, and have the opportunity to pursue her/his own development in a research, clinical scholar, or clinical educator academic track, or to develop all skills required for a private career in neonatal-perinatal medicine.
  • Fulfill all the requirements to obtain certification in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics; develop the self-discipline required for life-long learning, maintenance of certification, and compliance with regulations; and develop the expertise and insight required for career planning, adaptation, leadership, and excellence in patient care.