Latvian Pediatric Program

Through the generosity of a special donor, the Baltics Pediatric Program became a reality with the first training emphasis in Riga, Latvia.

In 2006, CMCF Board members Professor Joan Hodgman and Professor Smeeta Sardesai of Women and Children’s Hospital at USC Keck School of Medicine and Bjoern Martinoff, CMCF President visited several Children’s Hospitals in Riga for overall assessment of neonatology departments.

CMCF signed an agreement with the University Children’s Hospital in 2007 to provide training fellowships for pediatric doctors in various specialties in Europe and the US.  English and other European language proficiency in selected Fellows opened up training opportunities in US and Europe.


Training for Fellows from the University Children’s Hospital in Riga was provided in the following Pediatric specialties: Cardiology, Clinical Psychology, Genetics, Neonatology, Oncology/Hematology, Neuroradiology, Patient Safety Physiotherapy, Prenatal Diagnostics and Radiology.  Approximately 12 Fellows received training between 2006 – present.

Project Zone – Medical Training institutions and medical centers include:

  • Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia
  • Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Ghent University Hospital, Belgium
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, United Kingdom
  • Guy’s Hospital (aka Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital), London
  • Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  • King’s College Hospital, London-The Harris Birthright Research Centre
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine
  • University Medical Center, Utrecht, Patient Safety Center, Netherlands
  • University of Naples Federico II, Italy

The Leading Latvian Medical University hospital associated with CMCF Program is:

  • Children’s Clinical University Hospital (formerly University Children’s Hospital in Riga)

Ieva Ieraste is the Country Managing Director – Baltics Pediatric Program to help facilitate the implementation of the pediatric fellowship programs. Interested doctors should review the website for the application process.

CMCF in 2006 initiated expanding its “Packages of Medical Knowledge Program “ to other Eastern European countries that have had similar pediatric medical training needs as Poland and Ukraine did in the early years of the Foundation’s history.