Pediatric Innovation Fellowship

The Pediatric Innovation Fellowship unites the multidisciplinary power of the University of Michigan’s medicine, engineering, business, dentistry, and art schools to deliver a unique training program for surgeons who envision a better way to deliver care.

This fellowship seeks to train a new type of physician-innovator, one with the integrated skills and knowledge necessary to transform complex problems into practical solutions. For pediatric surgeons, this training is invaluable because sometimes the tools we need don’t exist — in this program, you’ll learn how to create them.

This fellowship offers:

  • Learning in teams: The fellowship matches trainees from engineering and pediatric surgery trainee design or business to form a year-long team as they study problem spaces in pediatric health care and then devise opportunities for new devices or other improvements.
  • Support for commercialization: Drawing on the resources and expertise within the Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium and U-M’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation initiative, we’re well-positioned to guide innovations from conception to commercialization. Trainee teams are encouraged to form their own companies over the course of the fellowship, and you’ll receive training in the business of medical innovation as well as the science.
  • Time for research: Ideas generated as a result of the design process naturally dovetail with research and publication opportunities for trainees, with many fellows in the program publishing their work by the end of the program.

Program Overview

The Pediatric Innovation Fellowship at U-M is designed for post-graduate professionals with advanced degrees in medicine or engineering. 

Trainees develop ideas for a medical product or service that addresses an unmet need and then move that idea toward commercialization.

Fellows gain experience in the full design lifecycle, from ideation in clinical settings to identify a problem space, to pitching the idea and incorporating feedback, to starting a company and publishing findings.

Information about the Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium can be found at

Learn more about the Department of Surgery’s work in medical innovation and industry partnership.


Jonathon Campbell
Innovation Fellowship Manager
Phone: (734) 763-0685
Fax: (734) 763-0753

Office of Surgery Education
University of Michigan
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
2110 Taubman Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5346
Phone: (734) 936-5732
Fax: (734) 998-2523

Program Director

Dr. Geiger

James D. Geiger, MD

Daniel H. Teitelbaum Collegiate Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Professor, Pediatric Surgery
Executive Director, Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium