Innovations in Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford would like to offer a non ACGME accredited fully funded 1-2 year fellowship.  This program is designed for highly motivated mid- or post-general surgery residency candidates interested in becoming successful, independent basic or clinical investigators, and future leaders in academics. The main objective for the fellowship is to graduate individuals who will advance the field of pediatric surgery. Fellows will develop and conduct high-quality research protocols under the guidance of experienced faculty with advanced degrees in basic science and clinical investigation. At the completion of the fellowship, participants will have gained hands-on experience in local, regional and national research, presentation of research results at high-profile professional meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Our diverse faculty allows for the development of a variety of clinical and basic science research interests, reflecting the general nature of our specialty. More specifically, minimal access surgery and endoscopy, bariatric surgery, fetal therapy, short bowel syndrome, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, necrotizing enterocolitis, surgical oncology, vascular anomalies, and large databases analyses such as NSQIP-Pediatrics. The Fellowship is intended to include 70% of research time and 30% of clinical time, and the fellow should work less than 80 hours a week. The Program Coordinator and the Program Director (Mara Guarin and Matias Bruzoni, MD) will be in charge of monitoring works hours.

Examples of clinical time include:

  • Scrubbing in the operating room for selected cases related to research projects.
  • Participating in selected outpatient specialty clinics.
  • Enrolling patients for clinical trials and participating in the clinical care associated with them.
  • Call schedule participation: Many of the studies we perform include patients that come in after hours, in a more unpredictable fashion, i.e. gastroschisis management, operative versus non operative management of appendicitis, research in trauma, fetal therapy, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, necrotizing enterocolitis, etc.
  • The fellow will also participate in our weekly division meeting that includes our Core Course didactic session, Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality conference, and different subspecialty conferences with Radiology, Pathology and the Gastrointestinal service.



Applicants should have completed at least the PGY-3 year with a minimum of 3 years in an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program by the start of the fellowship. A current curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and one letter of recommendation from the candidate's current program director or chair are required. Prior experience with statistical software (i.e. SAS/SPSS) is preferred. 


During the fellowship, the graduate should:

  • present his/her work in national/international meetings
  • publish their results in the pediatric surgery literature
  • gain clinical experience in the field of pediatric surgery
  • advance the field of pediatric surgery


Fellowship Director

James Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

Dr. Dunn obtained his B.S. degree in Biology and Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He trained in General Surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine and in Pediatric Surgery at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. He was the Professor and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at UCLA, with a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering until 2016. Dr. Dunn is the Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Director of Pediatric Surgery, and Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Pamela Emengo, MD

Pamela Emengo, MD, is currently serving as a Innovation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Division of Pediatric Surgery. She obtained her MD degree from the Jacobs School of Medicine in New York and presently holds the position of a general surgery resident at Mount Sinai in New York.

Pamela's research focuses on the convergence of technology, clinical methodologies, and translational approaches to address contemporary challenges within the realm of pediatric surgery. Simultaneously, she is enrolled in a Master's in Public Health program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Following the completion of her dedicated research period, Pamela intends to resume her residency and subsequently pursue a pediatric surgery fellowship, aiming to further enhance her expertise in the field.

Norah Liang, MD 

Norah Liang, MD, is a general surgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently completing her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Longaker lab and serving as an Innovation Pediatric Research Fellow in the Division of Pediatric Surgery. Originally from Long Island, NY, Norah earned her AB in Chemistry from Harvard University and her MD from UCSF.

Her diverse research background includes prior work on translational research involving targeted cancer chemotherapeutics and outcomes research in cardiac and pediatric surgery. Norah aspires to become a pediatric surgeon, with a keen interest in exploring the surgical applications of fibrosis. Outside of her professional pursuits, she enjoys running, baking, and exploring farmer's markets.

Contact Us

For more information about the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Training Program, please contact:

Samrawit Gebregziabher 

Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Coordinator

(650) 723-6439