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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. 

Physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine and our affiliate, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, weigh in about sending children back to school and how to enjoy summer activities.  See below for two new resources.

The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the opening and accreditation of our new Leukodystrophy Center (LC),  directed by Dr. Eric Mallack, an assistant professor of pediatrics and co-directed by Dr. Jamie Palaganas, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, both in Division of Child Neurolgy at Weill Cornell Medicine.

There are more than 50 types of rare genetic disorders that disrupt the central nervous system​, known as leukodystrophies. Collectively, ​these disorders affect about 1 in 7,000 people. 

The Weill Cornell Physicians Organization has selected seven outstanding physicians for the Healthcare Leadership Fellows Program (2020-2021) to foster their development as physician leaders, including Cori Green, MD, MSc, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and Director of Behavioral Health Education and Integration in Pediatrics in the  Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Pediatrics.  

Dr. Green's fellowship will focus on the Behavioral and Mental Health (B/MH) program from an educational, clinical, and research standpoint in the Department of Pediatrics.  The Department's initiatives will reach primary care faculty and practices and, eventually, subspecialty and inpatient care as well.  For year one starting in July 2020, the goal is to begin to change attitudes and culture for all faculty members, to implement a 3-year longitudinal curriculum with the new interns, and to implement B/MH screening in the primary care settings.  Dr. Green plans to be concurrently participating in the Fellowship Program during year one, and her project will be to study these implementation efforts. 

Dr. Juhi Kumar

The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the appointment of Juhi Kumar, M.D., M.P.H. as Medical Director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Service in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology.

Dr. Kumar is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is an expert in conditions affecting the kidneys in children, from congenital structural kidney abnormalities, kidney diseases causing proteinuria and hematuria, high blood pressure and fluid and electrolyte disorders. She cares for patients across the spectrum of kidney disease from acute kidney injury to chronic kidney disease that ultimakidney ately require renal replacement therapy, including dialysis and transplant. Dr. Kumar is also an Assistant Attending Pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYP Phyllis and David Komansky Children’s Hospital.

While most states have closed schools and made social distancing a priority to address the COVID-19  pandemic, parents may be wondering how they can help their children cope with being housebound and physically cut off from friends and family.

Sticking to a schedule, explaining the importance of social distancing in an age-appropriate manner, staying connected through technology, and seeking out mental health support by using telemedicine all can help.

In this time of uncertainty, the structure of a daily routine provides predictability, said Dr. Justin Mohatt, vice chair for child and adolescent psychiatry, vice chair for faculty practice of the Department of Psychiatry, and an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Health and safety are always among our top priorities at Weill Cornell Medicine. We are closely watching updates from trusted healthcare organizations and governmental recommendations about the new coronavirus (COVID-19), and will continue to keep you informed.  

For up-to-date information, please visit Weill Cornell Medicine's information page:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know

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Healthy & Happy: Khadijah Sabir gets a post-transplant check-up from her doctor, Dr. Eduardo Perelstein. Credit: Julia Xanthos Liddy

On Khadijah Sabir’s 11th birthday—surrounded by friends and family during a party in her honor at her Brooklyn elementary school, PS 177—she received what she calls “the best gift ever.” After months of incapacitating exhaustion due to chronic kidney disease, which necessitated at least 10 hours of dialysis every night for months, she got the news: a kidney donor had been found.

When Khadijah was just 9 her parents had started noticing that she seemed more fatigued than her three siblings, often falling asleep as soon as she got home from school. Eventually, high levels of creatinine in her bloodwork prompted a visit to a nephrologist, who discovered that her kidneys were failing, likely due to her extremely elevated blood pressure. “We couldn’t believe it,” says Khadijah’s father, Sajid Sabir. “Her blood pressure was worse than an old man’s.” By the time the problem was identified, Khadijah’s kidneys were in such bad shape that she was almost immediately transferred to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, put on dialysis, and added to the transplant list.

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