Contact Information


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3130
Fax: (301) 295-3898

Department Chair

Ildy Katona, MD, CAPT, USN (Retired)
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Secretary: Ms. Daphne Thomas

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training of the National Capital Consortium


The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship of the National Capital Consortium at USUHS has been training fellows in Neonatology for over 25 years.  It is a unique training program that takes full advantage of the numerous resources available in the National Capital Area. Approximately one-third of the curriculum is devoted to clinical duties with the remaining time devoted to research activities.  The majority of the clinical experience is at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU at WRNMMC is the only DOD NICU in the National Capital Area. NICU admissions number 300 per year in a catchment area that is inclusive of 4000 deliveries per year among three military treatment facilities.

Active duty in one of the Uniformed Services of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service) is required. Information on incurred obligations, pay and allowances may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Medical Education.  Applicants must apply through and be sponsored for postdoctoral training by the Graduate Medical Education office of their respective branch of service. Requests for training should list the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship of the NCC at USUHS as their site of choice. Application deadlines are usually in September and are determined by the individual services. Where feasible applicants are encouraged to visit the USUHS and Walter Reed facilities and arrange personal interviews with faculty members. If a visit is not practical, applicants should contact the program director and submit an updated CV and letter of intent. Telephone inquiries are welcomed (301) 295-3130.


The fellowship program comes under the umbrella of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and the National Capital Consortium (NCC), a military Graduate Medical Education organization, and has been training fellows for over 25 years.  The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program is based at WRNMMC and is a separate free-standing service within the Department of Pediatrics.  

Clinical Experience

The program is sponsored by the National Capital Consortium (NCC), with clinical practice mainly located at its primary affiliated hospital: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Bethesda MD, and other locations in the National Capital Region to include Children’s National Medical Center and Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital. 


Fellows are matched with a research mentor early in the course of their fellowship.   Research facilities utilized by the program include the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  The diversity of clinical and scholarly experience is designed to produce an exceptional academic neonatologist ready to fulfill the unique requirements of military, government and civilian practice.

Program Leadership

Jay D. Kerecman, LtCol, USAF, MC - Program Director
Nicole Dobson, MAJ, MC, USA - Associate Program Director
Franklin Abram - Program Coordinator

Program Faculty

Jerri Curtis, CAPT, MC, USN
Carl Hunt, MD
Devon Kuehn, MAJ, MC, USA
Tim O'Neill, PhD
Shannon Marchegiani, LCDR, MC, USN
Maribel Morgan, Maj, USAF, MC
John Podraza, LCDR, MC, USN
Agnes Sierocka, LTC, MC, USA
Theophil Stokes, LCDR, MC, USN
Maureen Tate, COL, MC, USA

Additional information, application instructions and program requirements are available through:

Program Coordinator


Jay D. Kerecman, MD, FAAP
Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Uniformed
Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3130; Fax: (301) 319-8214