A Word from the Department Chair

The pediatrician’s role in health maintenance is a crucial one. There is no greater satisfaction than to develop and maintain a relationship with a child and the family; to help guide the child into a productive and healthy adulthood. A successful pediatrician not only manages the acute illness, but also partners with the family in ensuring the growth and development of the child, and is a wise counselor in health and in sickness.

In keeping with the commitment of the department to primary and comprehensive care, the program emphasizes significant experience in ambulatory pediatrics, inpatient pediatrics as well as supervisory experience and sub-specialty rotations. The pediatric residents in the primary care program participate in the care of patients in six hospital-sponsored family care centers located throughout the community at six Brookdale Family Care Centers. In addition to these we have a comprehensive child care program, the Bruner Development Disabilities Center, and a range of special medical rehabilitation programs for children.

There are 35 hospital based pediatricians who share the responsibility for supervision of patient care, teaching and research. They include specialists in adolescent medicine, allergy, cardiology, child development, critical care, pediatric dentistry, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, neonatal perinatal medicine, nephrology, neurology, pulmonary medicine, psychiatry, radiology, school health and pediatric surgery.

The department provides a wide range of medical services for infants and children. There is a major emphasis on patient care and in providing comprehensive training to medical students, house staff and students in other health-related fields. We offer a well-balanced scholarly activity encompassing clinical research, quality improvement projects and peer reviewed publications. The department has an inpatient unit with 38 beds that includes a pediatric intensive care unit, special care unit where children may be isolated and an adolescent unit. We have a robust newborn service that has two general nurseries, a premature nursery and a neonatal intensive care unit. We have a residency program with 36 pediatric residents who are trained rigorously to not only manage common and complicated pediatric diseases, but also to understand and deal with the psychosocial elements in a child during health and in disease. 

I invite you to explore our department and the residency program.