Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program -- Alumni


Newborn_Asimenia Angelidou
Asimenia Angelidou

Dr. Angelidou graduated with an MD and a PhD in Immunopharmacology from the University of Athens, Greece. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Theoharis Theoharides at Tufts University School of Medicine and has published extensively on the role of immunobiology, and particularly mast cell activation, in autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Angelidou completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern and Children's Medical Center at Dallas. During fellowship, she conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Ofer Levy, focusing on newborn innate immune ontogeny and the role of vaccine-induced "heterologous protection" against unrelated pathogens (also termed trained immunity). During her second year of fellowship, she received the Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her work on neonatal trained immunity, and served as Co-Chief Fellow during her third year of fellowship. She was recruited to join the faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Newborn_Katherine Bell
Katherine Bell

Dr. Bell graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Biophysical Chemistry. She obtained her MD from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Bell completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland where she also served as Chief Resident. Her clinical research under the mentorship of Dr. Mandy Belfort investigates neonatal body composition - the relative contribution of fat and lean mass to body weight - and its relationship to long-term outcomes; her work was supported by a Klaus award from the American Academy of Pediatrics during her fellowship. Dr. Bell served as Co-Chief Fellow during her third year of fellowship, and was recruited as an attending neonatologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

First Year Fellow 2013 - Juan Matute Juan Matute
Dr. Matute received his MD from the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia, where he earned multiple honor scholarships and was one of the top students at the state and national levels in his medicine qualifying examinations. Following medical school, he completed a three-year research fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, during which time he played the leading role in identifying a new genetic subgroup of chronic granulomatous disease. Dr. Matute pursued his residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  His research under Dr. Richard Blumberg’s mentorship was focused on mechanism of intestinal inflammation. Dr. Matute is supported by the Pediatric Scientist Development Program and will join the academic faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Newborn_Paulomi Mehta
Paulomi Mehta

Dr. Mehta graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University, and she obtained her MD with honors from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. During medical school, she spent a year at the National Institutes of Health as a member of the Clinical Research Training Program, completing research investigating the link between telomere biology and the development of cirrhosis.  She also conducted clinical research during her time in medical school on neonatal opioid tolerance.  She was recruited as a general pediatrics resident at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, where she conducted clinical research on bronchopulmonary dysplasia under Dr. Vineet Bhandari.  In fellowship, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Xianhua Piao, conducting basic science research on the roles of adhesion G-protein coupled receptors in the development and maintenance of the peripheral nervous system.  Dr. Mehta was recruited by Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis as an attending neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

Newborn_Amy O'Connell
Amy O'Connell

Dr. O’Connell obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry from Merrimack College. She received her combined M.D./Ph.D. degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University with a focus in immunology, and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Vermont. She is board certified in Allergy and Immunology and completed her A/I fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her current research focuses on determining mechanisms of disease in patients with novel genetic anomalies identified by whole exome sequencing, and her current projects focus on translational quality control and intestinal stem cell signaling. She received a Klaus Award from the AAP section on neonatology to support this research. Dr. O'Connell will be transitioning to a faculty neonatologist position at Boston Children’s Hospital following her neonatology fellowship.

Newborn_Emily WhiteselEmily Whitesel
Dr. Whitesel completed her undergraduate studies at Vassar College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry. She spent a year in Santiago, Chile on a Fulbright before obtaining her MD from Harvard Medical School.  She completed her pediatric residency training at Columbia, New York. As a fellow, Dr. Whitesel worked with mentors Dr. Cynthia Ortinau and Dr. Terrie Inder working on congenital heart disease and brain development, with a focus on fetal imaging, presenting her research at PAS 2016. In addition, she has an interest in simulation, and she served as the fellow simulation liaison and presented her work on the fellow simulation boot camp at the 2017 IPSS conference.  Dr. Whitesel was recruited as an attending neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.