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.


Residents are employees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and affiliated with Columbia University Irving Medical Center. With these affiliations come many benefits!

How to Apply

Applications to our fellowship are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system. Materials are accepted starting in July for fellowship positions beginning the following year. For applicants planning for a July 2021 start date, interviews for all pediatric infectious diseases fellowships at US centers will only be offered virtually in compliance with the guidelines of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society. This is to ensure that the recruitment process is fair, equitable, and socially responsible. Those who wish to apply must be board eligible or board certified in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Please note that a completed application includes:

  • Completed ERAS forms
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one letter from the applicant's department chairman or residency director
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Additional information, such as USMLE transcript and photo, are recommended

Acceptances to the fellowship are made through the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match of the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please refer to the NRMP website for details about the match submission deadline.

Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are equal opportunity employers; applications from women and minorities are encouraged. Please note that Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital do not sponsor H1B visa trainees.


Natalie Neu, MD

Current Fellows

  • Irene Frantzis,  MBBS, MSc

  • Samiksha Tarun, MD, MS

  • Itay Berger, MD

    Dr. Itay Berger

​​​​​​Graduates of the Fellowship Program

  • Valerie Waters, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Kristina Feja, Division Chief, St. Peter’s University Hospital, NJ
  • Ouzama Nicholson, Vice President Clinical Development, Dynavax Technologies
  • David Michalik, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, CA
  • Sameer Patel, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, IL
  • Catherine Yen, Clinical and Public Health Coordinator, International Organization for Migration, Washington, DC
  • Paul Planet, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • Karina Top, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
  • Saul Hymes, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Albany Medical Center, NY
  • Christina Gagliardo, Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University; attending physician at Atlantic Health System, NJ
  • Sruti Nadimpalli, Associate Clinical Professor, Stanford University, CA
  • Philip Zachariah, Associate Director Vaccine Research, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Jennifer Duchon, Associate Professor in Newborn Medicine, Mt. Sinai, NY
  • Candace Johnson, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY 
  • Karen Acker, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical School, NY 
  • Jason Zucker, Assistant Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY 
  • Shivang Shah, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY 
  • Katia Halabi, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children's Hospital, OH