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The Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Fellowship in Pediatric Surgical Innovation

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The Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Fellowship in Pediatric Surgical Innovation is an exciting and dynamic post-graduate research experience focused on biomedical innovation.

We invite individuals from the following groups to apply for this unique opportunity:

  • Surgical, radiological, or anesthesia residents, fellows, junior faculty, and nurses
  • Post-doctoral engineers with a strong background and interest in medical and surgical device development
  • Post-doctoral or doctoral candidates in Health Economics

Our Robert Fellows partner with principal investigators to develop and translate innovative research concepts into pediatric surgical clinical practice. They may create clinical study and testing protocols, ensure scientific validation, identify intellectual property, navigate regulatory requirements, write grant proposals, and produce business plans.

The Fellowship’s goal is to equip post graduate professionals with the skills, background, and experience they need to establish a career dedicated to the discovery and development of innovative new approaches that will improve pediatric care. The diversity of the experience and expertise of our faculty and staff contributes to making this fellowship a unique opportunity for qualified and enthusiastic candidates.

To apply, please use this link.


How to Apply

How to Apply

Click here to apply.

For more information, please email

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

To inquire about the fellowship program, please contact Kolaleh Eskandanian, PhD, MBA

The Institute’s faculty includes leaders and active researchers in many pediatric surgical disciplines, representing the disciplines of general surgery, urology, cardiology, anesthesia, and radiology, as well as bioengineers, immunologists, geneticists, and experts in innovation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many fellowships are available?

A: Up to four new Fellows will be hired each year depending upon qualifications.

Q: What is the start date for the fellowship?

A: All fellowships start on July 1.

Q: Is it a requirement to have an MD or a PhD to apply?

A: This fellowship is designed to foster innovation. While an MD or a PhD is preferred, candidates with any graduate degree may be considered if applicants demonstrate a commitment to advancing pediatric surgical and medical device innovation.

Q: Is this fellowship a paid position?

A: For MD candidates, compensation will be at the level of PGY7 to 8 surgical trainees. For non-MD candidates compensation will commensurate with their education and experience.

Q: Is the Fellowship open only to U.S. citizens and those with permanent residency?

A: Non-U.S. citizens may apply, but their participation will be contingent on their ability to qualify for a visa.

Q: Can I choose which projects I work on?

A: Fellows do have some influence on the projects they work on. To gain the full spectrum of knowledge about medical innovation, fellows will also contribute to several ongoing Institute projects in the course of the fellowship.

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