Neonatology Fellowship

Welcome from the director, Brooke D. Vergales, MD

Dr. Brooke Vergales, Fellowship Program director

Brooke D. Vergales, MD
Program Director

“Welcome to the UVA Neonatology Fellowship Program! At UVA, educating our neonatology fellows is a top priority among our faculty. From bread-and-butter neonatology to zebras, fellows get a wide variety of clinical experiences. We also offer a wide range of research opportunities and ensure close mentorship so that fellows are well prepared for careers in academic neonatology.”






Our Mission at the University of Virginia Neonatology Fellowship

  • Train Pediatricians as expert clinical Neonatologists with solid experience in the pathophysiology of neonatal disease processes and evidence-based care
  • Provide an educational scholarly experience that prepares the fellow for future success in a basic science or clinical research academic Neonatology career

The UVA Neonatology Fellowship program offers a combined program of clinical and research training. Trainees acquire the clinical and technical skills necessary to function independently as neonatologists as well as learn the general principles and techniques of scientific investigation and the reporting of investigation results.

UVA Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, and Health System are committed to diversity, inclusion, and safety of all.


  • 3-year program (potential fourth year for additional research or Master’s Degree)
  • The program is accredited by the ACGME in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine

Applicant Prerequisites and Procedures

  • Must currently be in an accredited pediatric program and in good standing, or have completed 3 years or more of general pediatric residency training
  • A Virginia license to practice medicine is not required as UVA grants fellows an institutional training permit
  • Applications are accepted only through the NRMP/ERAS Match Program. Requirements for completed application include:
    • Completed ERAS application
    • Letters of Recommendation from the Director of the applicant’s residency training program and two other faculty members
    • Personal Statement
    • Medical school transcript
    • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
    • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Following receipt of the completed application and letters of reference, on-site interviews may be arranged. Interviews generally begin in August and continue through September.
  • For information on house staff benefits, credentialing requirements, and other important information, please visit the UVA Graduate Medical Education website.

Program Directors

Brooke D. Vergales, MD
Associate Professor

Program Director
Neonatology Fellowship Program

Jennifer Burnsed, MD, MSc
Associate Professor
Associate Program Director
Neonatology Fellowship Program

Program Coordinator

Penny Guy
Neonatology Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 434-243-0785
Fax: 434-243-0649