Newswise — NEW YORK CITY, December 5, 2011 – NYU Langone Medical Center announced today that 14 new medical and surgical pediatric sub-specialists have been appointed to the faculty across eight specialties, including cardiac critical care, emergency medicine and otolaryngology.
“Here at the Hassenfeld Pediatric Center at NYU Langone, neonates, children, adolescents and young adults have access to the most comprehensive and advanced care provided by a team of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists across the full spectrum of medical and surgical disciplines in a warm and caring setting,” said Catherine S. Manno, MD, Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics and chair of the Department of Pediatrics. “We are thrilled to welcome these new faculty members who represent a wide range of pediatric specialties and highlight the breadth and depth of services we offer to the children of New York.”
New faculty, by department and division, include:
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS , DIVISION OF CARDIAC CRITICAL CARE AND PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE:
Sujata Chakravarti, MD, assistant professor, was most recently at Mount Sinai Medical Center and is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
Paul Kim, MD, assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Radiology, is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and formerly, pediatric critical care hospitalist at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian Medical Center.
Michelle Ramirez, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Prior to coming to NYU Langone Medical Center she was an attending physician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She received her MD from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus.
Mayer Sagy, MD, professor, Department of Pediatrics, is a practicing intensivist and recently was on faculty at Cohen Children’s Medical Center at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS, DIVISION OF PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE:
Yasir Alqaqaa, MD, was previously an attending physician at a number of hospitals in New Jersey including Mountainside Hospital, St. Clares’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Jordan School of Medicine.
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS, DIVISION OF GENERAL PEDIATRICS AND THE NELSON INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE:
Leonardo Trasande, MD, of the Departments of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine, was most recently co-director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center located at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS, DIVISION OF NEONATOLOGY:
Michael Espiritu, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Nephrology recently completed a fellowship in neonatal/perinatal medicine at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
He received his medical degree from the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS, DIVISION OF PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY:
Howard Trachtman, MD, a pediatric nephrologist, was previously on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the North Shore-LIJ Health System and he was also a member of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Hofstra University School of Medicine in partnership with North Shore-LIJ Health System. He is an alumnus of the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
DEPARTMENTS OF PEDIATRICS AND PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE:
Kari Posner, MD, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, recently completed a clinical residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Lilia Reyes, MD, assistant professor, recently completed her residency in pediatric emergency medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She received her medical degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Susan Torrey, MD, newly appointed director of the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, recently was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine. She will direct pediatric emergency medicine at Tisch Hospital and Bellevue Hospital Center. She received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Anjana Uppal, MD, assistant professor, recently completed her residency in emergency medicine at Jacobi Medical Center. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.
DEPARTMENT OF NEUROLOGY, DIVISION OF PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY:
James J. Riviello, MD, a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, was most recently at Texas Children’s Hospital and on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine. He practices child neurology, clinical neurophysiology and specializes in pediatric epilepsy.
DEPARTMENT OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY, DIVISION OF PEDIATRIC OTOLARYNGOLOGY:
Scott Rickert, MD, assistant professor, the Department of Otolaryngology was an attending physician at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. He is the director of the division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. He received his doctor of medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
About The Hassenfeld Pediatric Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
In October, 2011, NYU Langone Medical Center announced a $50 Million dollar gift from the Hassenfeld family to create a comprehensive children’s hospital. The gift will help create the Hassenfeld Pediatric Center, a new 160,000 square foot state-of-the-art pediatric hospital on the Medical Center’s main campus on the east side of Manhattan. Integral to the design of the pediatric hospital will be all private rooms, making it the only pediatric inpatient facility in Manhattan to have this feature. Private rooms increase patient safety by decreasing exposure to infections, as well as serve to provide a private, supportive environment for the patients and their families. The gift also supports the full array of children’s health services across the Medical Center where newborns, children, adolescents and young adults receive the most comprehensive and advanced care by a team of pediatricians and pediatric specialists across more than 30 pediatric medical and surgical disciplines ranging from cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery to hematology and oncology to reconstructive plastic surgery and urology. With more than 150 full-time pediatric specialists, as well as pediatric nurses, child life specialists, and social workers, NYU Langone is uniquely equipped to provide innovative subspecialty care in a highly personalized manner. The facility will be located within the new Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, scheduled to open in late 2017.
About NYU Langone Medical Center
NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated, academic medical center is one on the nation’s premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of three hospitals – Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the world’s first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine; and the Hospital for Joint Diseases, one of only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology – plus the NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousand of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. The medical center’s tri-fold mission to serve, teach and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education and research. For more information, go to www.NYULMC.org.