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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 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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Webinar on Vaccines

View a recent webinar on COVID-19 vaccines by faculty in the Divisions of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Thank you to all the young artists who contributed their work for this year's Department of Pediatrics holiday card! 

Each year, the Department, in collaboration with our affiliate, NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children's Hospital, invites pediatric patients to submit work for consideration to be featured on our annual holiday greeting.  This card was created with help from the Tracy's Kids art therapy program, which provides board certified art therapists to help patients and their family members express feelings and reflect on their treatment experiences through art-making and creative play. Creative Arts Therapy is an essential component of Child Life Services, a program helping children, adolescents and their families navigate healthcare experiences through play, creativity, expression and support.

We are pleased to share a selection of the entries, including this year's card.  We are grateful to be able to highlight this wonderful artwork in honor of all children and families.  

Thank you to all of the artists who shared their work! 


Dr. Virginia Pascual

Dr. Virginia Pascual, the Drukier Director of the Gale and Ira Drukier Institute for Children’s Health at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded a grant supplement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to lead a multi-institutional effort studying differences in immune responses in children infected with SARS-CoV-2. The research may reveal why some children with COVID-19 develop major complications while the majority of children only display mild symptoms. A leader in pediatric immunology, Dr. Pascual has also received the 2020 Distinguished Basic/Translational Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).  

Dr. Sallie Permar, an eminent physician-scientist who focuses on the treatment and prevention of neonatal viral infections, has been appointed chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital, effective Dec. 1.

Recruited as the Nancy C. Paduano Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Permar will helm the pediatrics enterprise at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Under her leadership, the department will continue to enhance its mission to provide exceptional patient care and medical education in pediatrics, and conduct cutting-edge research on diseases that affect newborns and children.

“Dr. Permar is a distinguished physician-scientist, highly skilled educator and proven leader,” said Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine. “Under her direction we will advance our mission of excellence in pediatrics, enhancing research and innovation, training future pediatricians and pediatric specialists, and providing the best care and the brightest future to children and their families. We are thrilled that Dr. Permar is joining us as chair of the Department of Pediatrics.”

Course Co-Directors Isabel Reckson, MPH, RD, CDE, CDN and Marisa Censani, MD

The WCM Kids and Teens Healthy Weight Program is going VIRTUAL for Fall 2020!  

Join us for cooking demos, meal plan ideas, fitness tips, and more as we host a series of interactive, fun sessions on healthy eating and other important nutrition concepts. Designed especially for children and teens, family members and caretakers are encouraged to attend, too!  

The Kids and Teens Healthy Weight Program at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has been developed and is hosted by Marisa Censani, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist and expert on pediatric obesity, and Isabel Reckson, MPH, CDE, RD, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes education.

Enrollment Deadline: 9/21/2020
Sessions Start: 10/5/2020

Session Schedule

Session 1: Staying Fit for the Future
This session teaches families about nutritional requirements while exploring technology, community resources, and the principles of healthy weight management.
DATE: Monday, October 5, 2020, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dr. Jennie Ono Named Medical Director for Pediatric Inpatient Services 

The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennie Ono, M.D., M.S. as the new Medical Director for Inpatient Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Komansky Children’s Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicakiranl Center. 

Dr. Ono is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and an assistant attending pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She cares for pediatric patients of all ages in the general pediatrics inpatient unit, where she serves as a pediatric hospitalist. In addition, Dr. Ono is the director of the Weill Cornell pediatric asthma program, a joint program between the Divisions of General Academic Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Immunology which aims to provide comprehensive asthma care to low-income children of New York City and support ongoing research endeavors in childhood asthma. 

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