Infectious Diseases

Application Deadline

November 1

Length of Program

3 years

Program Start Date

July 7

Number of Positions Available

Usually 1 per year

The goal of our fellowship program is to provide optimal training for pediatricians who want to become board-certified specialists in pediatric infectious diseases and pursue careers in academic and/or hospital-based practice. We offer a curriculum tailored to the individual interests of our trainees. A central focus of our training program is the selection of a strong mentor for each of our trainees to assure their optimal development and future success.

Following an initial year with an emphasis on the clinical practice of ID, our trainees focus on developing research skills from topics in the broad areas of infection prevention and control; antibiotic stewardship; transplant ID; or microbial pathogenesis.  Our program is closely coordinated with the adult ID fellowship and we welcome applications from individuals trained in medicine and pediatrics. 

Fellows are trained at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, located in upper Manhattan. The free-standing children's hospital, with 203 pediatric inpatient beds including 41 pediatric intensive care and 66 neonatal intensive care beds. The Children’s Hospital is part of a large medical center with more than 700 inpatient beds. It is adjacent to the extensive facilities of Columbia Health Sciences campus, associated faculty and students.

Our fellows also have the opportunity to obtain a MS or MPH in public health and are encouraged to attend lectures on the Columbia campus, including those offered through the Mailman School of Public Health.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for matching service and interviews will be scheduled accordingly.

Our Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship program has two tracks that overlap substantially in terms of curriculum. One track, which is clinically-funded, is open to applications from J-1 Visa holders. The other, NIH-funded (T32) research-focused, track is not open to those who hold J-1 Visas.


Natalie Neu, MD


Current Fellows

  • Shivang Shah, MD, PhD
  • Jason Zucker, MD
  • Katia Halabi, MD

Recent Graduates of the Fellowship Program

  • Philip Graham, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY
  • Valerie Waters, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Kristina Feja, Division Chief, St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Ouzama Nicholson, Senior Director, GSK Biologicals
  • David Michalik, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • Sameer Patel, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Catherine Yen, Clinical and Public Health Coordinator, International Organization for Migration, Washington, DC
  • Paul Planet, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Karina Top, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
  • Saul Hymes, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  • Christina Gagliardo, Attending, Goryeb Children’s Hospital of Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
  • Sruti Nadimpalli, Assistant Professor, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • Philip Zachariah, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY
  • Jennifer Duchon, Assistant Professor, Tufts University, Boston, MA
  • Candace Johnson, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY
  • Karen Acker, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical School, NY