A Message from the Interim Chief of Pediatrics and the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program Director

Robert Insoft, MD: Interim Chief, Department of PediatricsRobert Insoft, MD: Interim Chief, Department of Pediatrics

Joseph Bliss, MD, PhD: Fellowship Program DirectorJoseph Bliss, MD, PhD: Fellowship Program Director

We warmly welcome you to our website and appreciate your interest in our Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The fellowship is located at Women and Infants Hospital, on the campus of Hasbro Childrens' Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. We take immense pride in having educated and guided our past fellows. We remain equally proud of our present fellows, and are always excited to see them grow from anxious new fellows to fellows who gain confidence and expertise as their training continues. 

This October, we were excited to appoint Dr. Beatrice Lechner as Associate Program Director! In addition, Dr. Lechner was appointed Director of Perinatal Palliative Care here in the Department of Pediatrics. As an alumna of our fellowship program and a seasoned neonatologist and researcher in our Division, Dr. Lechner brings a wealth of experience and contributions to our program. Her interests include global health (with a focus on Haiti), reproductive biology, breastfeeding, and simulation training. 

 Our program is both enriching and challenging, and a true incubator for learning and innovation. We ask a lot of our fellows, both clinically and in their research endeavors. We have an outstanding faculty of academic neonatologists, a nationally-renowned Neonatal Follow-up Program, under the directorship of Dr. Betty Vohr, highly skilled nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, to name a few of the members of our team. Stalwart and passionate best defines our commitment to research. We are fortunate to have robust and well-funded clinical and basic science research. Our Simulation Lab has become an integral part in the training of not only our fellows, but also our residents, faculty and ancillary staff.  

We would be remiss to not tout our wonderful state-of-the-art, 80 bed, single-family NICU.  It is our pride and joy and we are so fortunate to care for our  neonates in such a wonderful space. Here is a beautiful testimony from a couple whose baby received care in our NICU. Needless to say, we are proud to share it with you, and even more proud that this little guy 'just keeps swimming.'

We invite you to peruse the various areas of our website, including learning more about the vast array of research being conducted by faculty and fellows alike in the Department of Pediatrics at Women and Infants and Alpert Medical School here at Brown University. We hope that you like what you see! Our longstanding commitment to attracting the best and brightest talent to our fellowship insures that we continue to provide excellent care for some of the sickest and vulnerable infants in Southern New England and, of course, train you to practice neonatology with excitement, curiosity and passion!


Robert Insoft, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician Educator)
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Interim Chief of Pediatrics
Senior Vice President of Quality
Chief Medical Officer
Women & Infants Hospital

Joseph M. Bliss, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Fellowship Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Staff Neonatologist
Women & Infants Hospital