Pediatric Neurocritical Care Fellowship

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital hosts the largest pediatric residency program in Florida with 84 categorical pediatric residents and 2 chief residents. Despite our large size, we pride ourselves on being a close-knit family embodied by camaraderie and friendships that extend beyond your training days. Our clinical and educational opportunities provide residents and fellows with experiences in all aspects of pediatric and subspecialty care, giving them the comprehensive skills needed to develop into excellent clinicians. Additionally, our residents and fellows have the unique opportunity to care for patients from all over the world, broadening their horizons as they embrace Miami’s cultural diversity.

The Pediatric Neurocritical Care Fellowship at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital offers a comprehensive training experience with a busy clinical service, structured research experience and a thorough academic curriculum with the goal of developing specialty training in Pediatric Neurocritical Care for board certified/eligible Pediatric Intensivists or Pediatric Neurologists.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has a robust 10 bed dedicated Pediatric Neuro Intensive Care Unit that is supported by a team of Neurosurgeons and board certified Neurocritical Care Intensivists and Neurologist.

Learn more about our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and our Pediatric Intensive Care Fellowship Program.


Program Goals

  1. To provide advanced training in the understanding, monitoring and management of neurologic and neurosurgical conditions affecting critically ill neonates and children.
  2. To provide education in neuroimaging and neuro monitoring in ICU setting as well as peri-procedural and perioperative settings.
  3. To provide research opportunities in the fields of neuroscience

Sample Schedule of Clinical Rotations

Rotation Preceptor Duration
Electrophysiology Neurologist 4 weeks
Neuroradiology Neuroradiologist 4 weeks
Neuro-ICU Consultation Neurologist 10 weeks
Pediatric Neurosurgery Neurosurgeon 4 weeks
Adult Neuro-ICU Adult Neurointensivist 4 weeks
PICU Pediatric Neurointensivist 8 weeks
Neurooncology Neurooncologist 2 weeks
Research Pediatric Neurointensivist 7 weeks
Neurorehabilitation Outpatient 1 week
Vacation   4 weeks

Regularly scheduled activities

  • Neurosurgical rounds in PICU/Floors: Daily during weekdays when no conflict with other schedule
  • Neuro radiology rounds: weekly
  • Epilepsy surgical conferences: weekly
  • Neuro oncology conferences: Monthly
  • PICU didactic conferences: Twice a week during NCH rotations

Didactics: The fellow will participate in all didactic conferences within this Division of Critical Care and may additionally attend conferences in the Division of Neurology/Neurosurgery/Neuroradiology, that pertain to material clinically related to critical care.

Accreditation:This is a non-ACGME accredited position. There is no board certification following the completion of this one-year fellowship.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted along with the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (must include months and years)
  • Personal Statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (one written by the Director of your Residency Program or Chair of your Department)
  • And other items as indicated in the application.
Eligibility Candidates must have successfully completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care or Child Neurology Residency in ACGME-Accredited Programs.
Length of fellowship 1 year
Number of fellowship positions available every year 1
Application deadline March 31, 2023

For more information contact:

Brandy Bluett (
Fellowship Coordinator

Phone: 305-669-5873
Fax: 305-669-6531

Keith Meyer, MD (
Program Director

Phone: 305-662-2639
Fax: 786-624-2641

Meet the Team

Program Director:
Keith Meyer, MD
Balagangadhar Totapally, MD
Paul Martinez, MD
Keith Meyer, MD
ICU Neurologist:
Anuj Jayakar, MD
Prasanna Jayakar, PhD
John Ragheb, MD
Nolan Altman, MD
Osman Maher, MD
Adult Neuro-ICU:
Kristine O'Phelan, MD
Balagangadhar Totapally, MD