Department of Pediatrics

Director's Message


Message from the Program Director

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Melissa Carbajal

Welcome to the Baylor College of Medicine Neonatology Fellowship Program! We're glad you are interested in our neonatology fellowship program and may be considering doing your fellowship here. Each year, we select six pediatric residents to continue in an ACGME accredited three-year neonatology fellowship training program conducted at Texas Children's Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in the United States, Ben Taub Hospital, a public hospital in Houston, and in the laboratories of investigators at Baylor and elsewhere in the Houston area. All of our fellows are selected via the NRMP match process.

In the last 30 years, our neonatology fellowship program has graduated over 150 fellows. These former fellows are practicing throughout the country and across the world. We have graduates working in Turkey, Guatemala, The Netherlands, Australia and Israel. Our fellows conduct research in clinical fields including human milk use in the NICU, in translational areas including the development and evaluation of novel lipid products for neonatal use, and in basic science such as novel methods to understand and prevent oxygen toxicity. Our laboratory resources include the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, a unique collaboration of the USDA/ARS, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital to conduct a range of nutritional research in children, and the Texas Children's Hospital Feigin Center.

The clinical experience in our neonatology fellowship program includes the opportunity to work in our beautiful new Pavilion for Women where about 5000 infants are being delivered each year, many of them part of our high-risk perinatal service which includes a fetal surgery service (video). We have clinical neonatology efforts dedicated to providing care to infants from throughout the community with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and intestinal failure. Here is a video about the NICU at Texas Children's Hospital. Our clinical efforts are supported by training in our state-of-the-art simulation center, where both clinicians and trainees get to practice working in high-risk life-threatening situations before they encounter them with real patients in the clinical environment.

Whole body cooling, ECMO and EXIT procedure management are routine parts of our neonatology fellowship training experience. Our daily neonatology census at our primary training hospitals is usually over 150 babies each day. Our fellows and faculty are active in education on a global basis. Our global initiatives include short-term educational programs for physicians from Latin America as well as traveling to conduct neonatal education and program development in places including Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Bolivia, Colombia, India, Bangladesh and Malawi.

International trainees who are currently in their final year of a fellowship in neonatology and are interested in a short-term medical scholar position in neonatology (usually one month) should directly contact the international office at Texas Children's Hospital as described below. These positions require following established application procedures and are arranged based on the availability of our faculty. Thus, approval of an application cannot be assured and priority will be given to fellows from neonatology fellowship programs with established exchange programs with Texas Children's Hospital. Fellows must be self-supporting, meet immunization and related health insurance requirements, and pay a medical school-associated fee. Applicants must have letters of support from their home neonatology fellowship program and documentation of proficiency in English. Please email Claudia Flores Smith at for further information and to arrange a brief phone interview and discussion. Experiences will be tailored to the applicant but will include daily rounds and interaction with our faculty managing special programs such as intestinal rehabilitation and BPD.

We are committed to offering our fellows an outstanding experience in their training and in developing their career in neonatology. We welcome you to take a look through the website and to contact our neonatology fellowship program coordinator, Jo Davis at You may also contact me directly with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Melissa M. Carbajal, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Director
Section of Neonatology
Department of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine