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The past few weeks have been studded with painful evidence that speak to America’s congenital disease of racism. It is a seemingly constant force, whether seen or not, whether acknowledged or not, whether challenged or uncontested. Racialized violence has victimized many communities of color, past and present. We have seen disturbing increases in anti-Asian bias and attacks recently, escalating to the mass shooting in Atlanta. Although the motive behind the Indianapolis shooting last week remains under investigation, it is notable that four of the eight individuals killed were from Indianapolis’ Sikh community. The lynchings that marred America’s past have been replaced by the egregiously disproportionate numbers of Black and Brown people killed as a result of uncalibrated use of deadly force by police.

Many in our community breathed a collective sigh of relief last week over the fact that a small measure of accountability had finally been delivered to but one of hundreds of families whose loved ones were murdered by police. The Chauvin trial took place a few miles away from where Daunte Wright was killed last week, and the verdict announced within the hour of when Ma’Khia Bryant was killed. These events, the persistent disparities that impose excess morbidity and mortality on communities of color, and medical and scientific racism, should be more than sufficient to compel those committed to justice to act.

At this year's all-virtual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting, Weill Cornell Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics was well-represented, with faculty, residents, fellows and staff presenting posters, platforms, workshops, plenaries, SIGs and other sessions across sub-specialties.  

Please see below for a guide to Weill Cornell Medicine abstracts. Note:  All times are in Central Time. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Emergency Medicine

Presenter: Alexandra Licona-Freudenstein, M.D., PGY-2
Type: Poster
Abstract Title: An analysis of pediatric emergency visits during the COVID-19 pandemic using a multi-centered network database in NYC
Authors: Deborah Levine, Yurhee Lee, Alan Wu, Susan Fraymovich, Jin-Young Han, Elizabeth Feuille, Shravya Pant, Shari L. Platt, Erika Abramson, Zachary Grinspan
Session Number/Title: Emergency Medicine: e-Posters−COVID-19
Session Date and Time: Friday, April 30, 2021, 5:00 am - 6:00 am CT
Presentation Time: 5:00 am - 6:00 am CT
Poster Board No. 728
Publication No. EP-122.728
Presentation Format: e-Poster with Chat Q&A

Join our Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital experts on adolescents and vaping for conversation and Q&A! Teens, families, and community members are welcome to attend. Hosted by Dr. Jonathan Avery (Child Psychiatry), Dr. Lisa Ipp (Adolescent Medicine) and Dr. Elizabeth Fiorino (Pediatric Pulmonology).

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Giulino Roth, M.D. as the Director of Pediatric Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

An expert in pediatric oncology, Dr. Roth cares for children, adolescents and young adults with lymphoma and leukemia. In 2014, Dr. Roth launched Weill Cornell Medicine’s Adolescent and Young Adult Lymphoma Program to meet the needs of young persons, ages 15 to 39, who did not quite fit in at pediatric or adult treatment centers, after she herself was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Dr. Roth recognized a gap in care and developed a program tailored to address the complex medical and psychosocial needs of young patients such as finishing their education, living independently, preserving their fertility, and maintaining quality of life.

As Director of Pediatric Oncology, Dr. Roth plans to expand clinical care and research in pediatric oncology. She will lead an effort to expand the clinical service through collaborations with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Queens and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist. She will also work with the Meyer Cancer Center to apply for NCI Cancer Center designation. She will work with researchers within the department of pediatrics and beyond to increase clinical and laboratory research efforts focused on pediatric malignancies.

Dr. David Lyden and Dr. Oleh Akchurin

We are pleased to announce the appointment of David C. Lyden, M.D, Ph.D. as Director and Oleh Akchurin, M.D., Ph.D. as Associate Director of the newly launched Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) in the Department of Pediatrics. Physician-scientist development is a multi-faceted process that requires extensive mentoring and guidance throughout an individual’s career, but particularly during periods of intensive clinical training, such as fellowship and residency. Building a departmental Physician Scientist Training Program will aid trainees at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in successfully embarking on a career in pediatric research by fostering research training during their clinical training. In their new roles, Dr. Lyden and Dr. Akchurin will work to develop the program to identify and train the next generation of pediatric physician-scientist leaders engaged in research to improve the health of children.

About Dr. David Lyden

This year marked the 18th year for Pediatric Research Day, a collaboration between medical students and faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian and allied institutions to share their research projects.  The March 10th event, which was organized the by Pediatric Interest Group and was virtual this year, included poster presentations by six student researchers.  See below for list of presenters and screenshots from the evening.  Department Chair Dr. Sallie Permar provided opening and closing remarks. 

In addition to medical student research and scholarly project abstracts, the annual research day also concides with the publication of The Art and Science of Pediatrics, an annual journal featuring interviews with faculty, activities sponsored by the Pediatric Interest Group and community service opportunities for medical students. 


Presenter: Kyle Zappi
Title: A Preliminary Look at The Role of Early Diagnostic Imaging in the Era of
Endoscopic Suturectomy
Faculty Moderator: Sujit Sheth, M.D.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Robbyn Sockolow, M.D. as Vice Chair for Ambulatory Care Services – Access and Strategy (ACSAS) in the Department of Pediatrics. In this new position, Dr. Sockolow will oversee the Department’s ambulatory clinical care operations and access improvement efforts. 

Dr. Sockolow brings demonstrated experience and leadership in clinical care and administration. As Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, and Medical Director of the Pediatric Unit for Procedural Sedation, Dr. Sockolow has built and expanded essential services and programs. She will continue to serve the Department of Pediatrics in these positions as well as ongoing leadership of the Department’s compliance program. 

In her new role as Vice Chair, Dr. Sockolow will work collaboratively with the Chair, Division Chiefs, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and the Department’s clinical administration team to oversee and direct the Department’s ambulatory care operations and strategy. Her priorities for 2021 are to increase access, efficiency and patient satisfaction, including leading the Department’s efforts to consolidate the Helmsley Medical Tower’s sub-specialty practice (HT-3) and clinic (HT-5), addressing health disparities and patient safety through equitable care. 

The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Zachary Grinspan as Interim Division Chief of Child Neurology, effective January 15th. We are immensely grateful to Dr. Chris Cunniff for his previous dedicated service in this role, and for his ongoing work as chair of the search committee for the permanent division chief.

Dr. Grinspan, who also serves as Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program, has already been working closely with Department leadership and Dr. Cunniff to offer strong operational support and advocacy for the Child Neurology Division and its patients. In addition to his leadership and clinical skills, Dr. Grinspan is well equipped to administer the research and education demands of the Division with a background in health services, epidemiology, and informatics.

In this new role, Dr. Grinspan looks forward to supporting and leading the Child Neurology Division to deliver high quality comprehensive patient- and family-centered care, to encourage the Division’s research activities and collaborative initiatives, and to provide a robust training environment for the next generation of clinicians and pediatrician-scientists.

New publications from Department of Pediatrics faculty and staff


Cuda S and Censani M. Diabetes and Obesity in the Child and Adolescent: Guidelines and Challenges (pp. 553-566). In: Faintuch J and Faintuch S (eds): Obesity and Diabetes, 2nd ed. Switzerland AG, Springer Nature. December 2020.


Chang, J, co-author.  Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. Preventing Nutritional Disorders in Adolescents by Encouraging a Healthy Relationship With Food. Journal of Adolescent Health 67 (2020) 875-879. 

Meza K, Biswas S, Zhu Y, Gajjar A, Perelstein EM, Kumar J, Akchurin OTumor necrosis factor-alpha is associated with mineral bone disorder and growth impairment in children with chronic kidney disease. Pediatric Nephrology.  Springer Nature. Published online 2 Jan 2021.

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