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2019 Excellence in Medical Education Awards 

Pediatrics faculty members were recipients of Weill Cornell Medicine's 2019 Excellence in Medical Education Awards, which recognize WCM faculty members who have distinguished themselves in teaching and mentoring students, post docs, and/or faculty.  

Care Coordination and Social Work Awards 

At our affiliate, NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital, Sarah Roffe, LMSW, CCLS and Alexandra Friedman, LCSW, were recognized for their outstanding contributions in patient care.   Ms. Roffe received the Excellence in Social Work Award and Ms. Friedman was honored as Rookie of the Year

On the eve of commencement, students, alumni, faculty and staff from Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences were recognized for their outstanding achievements with special awards, prizes, certificates and the Weill Cornell seal during three ceremonies on May 29 in Uris Auditorium and Griffis Faculty Club. The awards acknowledge exceptional academic achievement, scholarship, research, teaching and service.  

A number of Pediatric faculty and staff were recognized.  See below for the full list of award recipients.

Weill Cornell Medical College

Student Awards

The Clarence C. Coryell Prizes in Surgery and Medicine
Elizabeth Gardner Gilbert

Coryell Prize in Medicine
Cody Patrick Nolan

The Alfred Moritz Michaelis Prize in Medicine
Yunan Nie

The Oskar Diethelm Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry
Zhenzhen Shi

The Joan Severino Parisi Prize in Internal Medicine
Lee Solomon Gotesdiener

The David and Gladys Drusin Memorial Prize
Caitlin Krystyna Gribbin

The T. Campbell Thompson Prize for Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery
Tyler James Uppstrom

The Mitchell Spivak Memorial Prize in Pediatrics
Micha Virginia Thompson

The James A. Moore Scholarship
Aaron Bamberger Oswald

We are excited to share the PDF icon 2019 Weill Cornell Medicine Guide to PAS Abstracts for this year's Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting, which was held April 27-30 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Once again, a number of Weill Cornell Medicine faculty, residents, fellows and staff participated in this year's conference to learn and share best practices in clinical care, education, patient safety, and research to ultimately improve care for our young patients and their families.

Production of an essential protein for maintaining a healthy immune response in the intestine called interleukin-2 (IL-2) depends on immune cells known as innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), according to a study by Weill Cornell Medicine researchers. The study, published April 3 in Nature, is the first to identify these cells and the factors that influence them as potential new targets for treating chronic gut inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease or food allergies.

“We have understood for quite a while that IL-2 is important for maintaining a healthy immune response in the gut,” said senior author Dr. Gregory Sonnenberg, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology in medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and a member of the Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Weill Cornell Medicine. “Dramatic inflammation occurs when humans or mice are missing IL-2, but the specific cells that make it and the regulatory pathways controlling its production in the intestine were previously unknown.”

The Department of Pediatrics welcomes Elizabeth Fiorino, MD to the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology.   An Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children's Hospital, Dr. Fiorino is board certified in Pediatric Pulmonology and General Pediatrics. 

Dr. Fiorino has special interest in pediatric asthma, cystic fibrosis, interstitial and restrictive lung disease, and rare lung diseases in general.  She also has expertise in diagnostic procedures such as flexible bronchoscopy and pulmonary function testing.

She received her medical degree at New York Medical College and completed her residency at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, where she also served as Chief Resident. She then focused on her sub-speciality, completing a pulmonary fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Fetal & Pediatric Cardiology Services practice at 156 William Street (12th floor) in Lower Manhattan on February 21, 2019.  The practice will be open on Thursdays from 9am-5pm and will treat children, adolescents and young adults. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment or make a referral, please call us now at 212-746-3561.

At our Lower Manhattan location, our expertise includes:

  • Fetal cardiology
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Cardiac screening during pregnancy
  • Heart murmur
  • Arrhythmias and management of fetal arrhythmias 
  • Chest Pain
  • Palpitations
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Holter and event recording
  • Electrocardiogram testing
  • Other forms of heart disease

Dr. Jeffrey Perlman grew up in South Africa and attended medical school there. But by 2006, when he was tasked with helping set up the pediatrics program at Tanzania’s Weill Bugando Medical Centre—then newly affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine—he’d been living and working in the United States for decades. So coming face to face with the reality of how many newborn lives are lost in Africa’s medically under-resourced nations was both shocking and heartbreaking. “I saw all these babies dying unnecessarily,” says Dr. Perlman, a professor of pediatrics who directs the neonatal ICU at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In America overall, according to figures released by the CDC in 2015, the neonatal mortality rate averages four for every 1000 births—and at a state-of-the-art hospital such as NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Perlman says, the number is just .7 per 1000. In Tanzania, by contrast, Dr. Perlman encountered a rate of 39 per 1000 births—or roughly two newborns dying every hour. Dr. Perlman resolved to change that.

Twelve-year old Isabella Ciriello sat next to an incubator in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital, classical guitar in hand. An accomplished musician who plays guitar, piano, and drums, Isabella was first exposed to music as a young patient at NYP Komansky Children’s Hospital. Born 16 weeks early, she spent weeks being cared for by the neonatal intenstive care team at the Komansky Hospital, which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine's Department of Pediatrics.  Isabella returned to the same NICU unit to perform for a roomful of newborns as her way of giving back.

Read Isabella's Story / Watch the Video 

Myeloproliferative neoplasms (or MPN) are disorders where parts of the bone marrow get overproduced, such as platelets (blood cells to stop bleeding), red blood cells (blood cells that carry oxygen in the body), or fibrous tissue in the bone marrow (like scar tissue.)  They can run in families but are usually sporadic, or isolated cases when they happen.  The Pediatric MPN Program is a joint program of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine and the NYP Komansky Children's Hospital, and the Richard T. Silver Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Center.    

Our team is also engaged in research, with the goal of bringing bench discoveries to the bedside, for better care and management of this rare disease.

Learn more

Find out more about MPN and keep up with program news at our website: 

Pediatric MPN Program at Weill Cornell Medicine

Thank you for your interest in donating toys to the Department of Pediatrics!  Play is a child’s work.  In the hospital where children are separated from most of what is familiar, play and activities become valuable and safe outlets for their feelings. Toys and games from our community friends help keep the hospital playrooms and waiting areas well stocked. They help turn special occasions such as birthdays and holidays into happy celebrations.

Toy donations to the Department of Pediatrics are managed by the Child Life Services team at our affiilate, NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children's Hospital, who ensure toys are safe and appropriate for our young patients.

We are grateful for your help and invite you to review our donation guidelines below. Thank you for your interest in supporting our program and the patients we serve!

PDF icon Toy Donation Guidelines

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