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Fellows and Program Leadership

The neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine provides trainees the training required to become key policy, educational and research leaders of the future. 

The neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship program has six funded positions. In clinical training, an emphasis is given to bedside learning with close instructional relationships with the faculty. Curriculum covers research methods, epidemiology, statistics, and other topics in academic medicine, in addition to didactic lectures on newborn physiology.

Meet the Fellows

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Samantha Becker, M.D. 

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Residency: Indiana University
Research/Clinical Interests: Effects on HPA axis of surfactant with budesonide in ELBW, differences in CPAP interfaces, delivery room management and resuscitation

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Megan Ottomeyer, D.O., M.S. 

Hometown: St. Louis
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience
Residency: Saint Louis University
Research/Clinical Interests: Transition from hospital ventilators to portable home ventilators in infants requiring chronic mechanical ventilation via tracheostomy, children with complex medical needs, palliative care, global health, medical education

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Daniel Goldenberg, M.D.

Hometown: Daytona Beach, Florida
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University 
Residency: University of Illinois at Peoria 
Research/Clinical Interests: Investigation of microbiome evolution of neonates and its implications on neurodevelopment and GI health using a piglet animal model, ECMO, quality improvement in the management of neonatal hypoglycemia and hypothermia, IVH prevention and mitigation

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Ben Shapleigh, M.D.

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso
Residency: University of Arkansas
Research/Clinical Interests: Neonatal iron metabolism and erythropoiesis, molecular biology

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Hayley Grzych, M.D.

Hometown: Lowell, Indiana
Medical School: Indiana University
Residency: Saint Louis University
Research/Clinical Interests: ethics, palliative care, congenital anomalies, delivery room management, social determinants of health

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Sarah Milota, M.D.

Hometown: Troy, Ohio
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin
Research/Clinical Interests: clinical informatics and medical technology

Past Fellows - Where are they now?

  • Nirja Acharya, M.D. (2022)- Emory Decatur Hospital, Decatur, Georgia

  • Claire Murray, D.O. (2022)- Saint Louis University/SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis

  • Brittany Montavon, M.D. (2021)- CoxHealth Medical Center-South, Springfield, Missouri

  • Dajana Sabic, D.O. (2021)- Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston

  • Leenah Abugisisa, M.D. (2020)- Saint Louis University/SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis

  • Komalpreet Brar, M.D. (2020)- Baton Rouge Neonatal Associates, Baton Rouge, Louisiana