Fellowship Program

Since the inception of our Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program in 1974, our objective is to train future leaders in the exemplary advancement and practice of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Our moderately-sized program is Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited for a total complement of 9 fellows (three per year).

Fellows chosen for our program will see the quality and quantity of patients that facilitate extraordinary clinical training. Upon completion of the three-year program, our graduates are eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. They acquire knowledge and expertise in newborn critical care and convalescence, research design and interpretation of findings, as well as leadership and delivery of education skills. As such, they are highly competitive for positions in either academic or private practice settings.

In addition to many holding positions as Directors of nurseries/NICUs in private practice settings, half of our graduates over the last 20 years are currently in academic positions including physician scientists and clinician educators. We consider the education of our fellows, as well as their personal and professional development, our top priorities.

Highlights of our Program


Supported by Neonatal Grand Rounds, and Robust clinical conferences including the Neonatal Simulation Curriculum, Journal Club, Multi-Disciplinary Perinatal Conference, Pediatric Fellow’s Research Conference and Core Curriculum Conference, Neonatology and Pediatric Grand Rounds, Mock codes.

About Gainesville

Gainesville is a university community located in North Central Florida midway between the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The area is known for its natural beauty with its stately live oaks and many springs, lakes, and rivers.

Program Leadership​

Diomel De La Cruz

Diomel De La Cruz MD

Associate Professor; Director- Neonatology Fellowship Program
Phone: (352) 273-8985
Michael D Weiss

Michael D Weiss M.D.

Professor; Medical Director, ShandsCair Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team
Phone: (352) 273-8985
Nicki Martin

Nicki Martin

Office Manager & Fellowship Coordinator – Neonatology
Phone: (352) 273-8985

Apply Today

The University of Florida’s Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program normally accepts three new fellows each year, with a total of up to nine fellows at a time in our program.