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The Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) is devoted to the care of children from birth through adolescence. Our mission includes research, education, clinical care, advocacy and community outreach.

Services & Programs

General Inpatient Care

Faculty from the General Academic Pediatrics Division serve as hospitalists, general pediatricians with special expertise in managing hospitalized patients, working in the general inpatient unit of the NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health. They care for a range of patients, from well newborns to children with complex diagnoses, and establish continuity of care among specialists and primary care doctors. 

Well Baby Nursery

Our well baby nursery team cares for healthy newborns at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Upper East Side (NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center) and Lower Manhattan (NYP/Lower Manhattan Hospital) campuses. Both hospitals also have a full neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Complete care of term and near-term newborns from delivery through discharge, including anticipatory parental guidance, is the focus of our nursery team.

More than 5,000 babies are born each year in our well baby nursery at Weill Cornell Medical Center, with healthy newborns being cared for on the seventh floor of the Greenberg Pavilion.  At our Lower Manhattan nursery and birthing center, 3,000 babies are born each year and cared for.

Our well baby nursery care team includes attending pediatricians, pediatric residents, pediatric nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The nursery team provides:

  • family-oriented care - one nurse is assigned to care for both mother and newborn. Mothers are encouraged to "room-in" with their infants in order to promote bonding, parenting skills and successful breastfeeding. Parents may also have their baby cared for in the nursery at any time.
  • complete physical examination of infants upon admission to the nursery, and again on the day of discharge
  • assessment and management of breastfeeding couplets
  • daily assessment of infants by an attending pediatrician and nursery team
  • management of infants with common problems including weight loss, jaundice and breastfeeding issues
  • performance of mandated New York State screening tests for all infants
  • administration of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-recommended birth dose of the hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine


Breastfeeding and Parenting Support

When possible, breastfeeding is encouraged for all infants. Members of the nursery staff, including post-partum nurses, lactation consultants and pediatricians, are available to assist with breastfeeding skills. Daily breastfeeding classes are led by a certified lactation consultant from Sunday through Friday for all interested mothers.

Infant care and parenting skills are emphasized throughout your hospital stay. Experienced pediatricians and nursing staff are available 24 hours a day to teach mothers and their partners about caring for themselves and their infants. Each parent also receives a booklet with information about infant and post-partum care upon admission. In addition, daily infant care educational classes for parents are held from Sunday through Friday.

Newborn Security

Newborn security is of utmost importance to our nursery staff. Mothers, partners and infants are given matching identification bracelets, and security transmitters are attached to infants from their time of admission until their discharge.

Outpatient Care

Pediatric Primary Care
Pediatric Primary Care is our largest outpatient program. Children are seen for regular checkups, sick visits, routine vaccinations and screening tests, and are examined by the same team of doctors and nurses each visit. We provide mental health screening, support and evaluation through our team of medical providers and social workers, and direct care through our pediatric psychiatric nurse practitioner. In addition, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) forms and blood work can be completed quickly by our medical surgery technicians. (WIC form and blood work appointments should be made one week before WIC appointments).

Adolescent Care
Teenagers are seen in our adolescent program by a specialized team of health care professionals, including adolescent medicine specialists, social workers, health educators, and a dedicated adolescent nurse. The program is designed to provide comprehensive healthcare for adolescents, including general medical care, gynecologic care (including contraceptive counseling), STD testing and treatment, and mental health counseling. Both morning and afternoon appointments are available for adolescent visits.

Child Protection
The Child Protection Team at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center evaluates children who are suspected victims of physical and sexual abuse. Our child protection program is associated with both the National Children's Alliance and the multi-borough Child Advocacy Center.

The Child Protection Team is regularly consulted by the Office of the District Attorney and the Office of Administration for Children's Services to evaluate difficult and challenging cases.


Teenage Parenting and Pregnancy (TAPP)

The Teenage Parenting and Pregnancy (TAPP) Program provides care for adolescent mothers and their babies. In addition to general healthcare screening for both, issues of adolescent parenting are addressed at every visit. A dedicated team of social workers also follow each mother during pregnancy, and continue to work with them afterward.

Health for Life

Health for Life provides children with year-long personalized weight management programs. Children are evaluated and counseled by a team that includes a physician, social worker, nutritionist and exercise specialist. Visits include both individual and group activities, and help children make lifestyle shifts that include healthier eating and increased physical activity. Our unique parent group feature also helps with overcoming individual and family barriers that impede healthy lifestyles.


Special Needs Program

Our special needs program is specifically designed to meet the needs of medically complex, fragile children, and supports families using a multidisciplinary approach including case management and extended visits.

Susan Bostwick

Susan Bostwick, M.D., MBA

Executive Vice Chair for Education & Administration
Chief, General Academic Pediatrics
Robert G. Schwager, M.D. '67 Education Scholar
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Attending Pediatrician
Erika Abramson

Erika Abramson, M.D., M.S.

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Graduate Medical Education
Director, Healthcare Policy & Research Fellowship
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Attending Pediatrician
Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar, Healthcare Policy & Quality of Care Research
Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research
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Saif Alzoobaee, M.D.

Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Prina Amin

Prina Amin, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Ratna Behal

Ratna Behal, M.D.

Medical Director of Pediatric Palliative Care
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Sarah Boatwright

Sarah Boatwright, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Jane Chang

Jane Chang, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Noemi Charnow

Noemi Charnow, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Jennifer DiPace

Jennifer DiPace, M.D.

Director, Pediatric Graduate Medical Education
Medical Director, Newborn Nurseries at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine & Lower Manhattan
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Associate Attending Pediatrician
Maura Frank

Maura Frank, M.D.

Medical Director, Ambulatory Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Associate Attending Pediatrician
Cori Green

Cori Green, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
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Joshua Grossman, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Elisa Hampton

Elisa Hampton, M.D.

Medical Director, Pediatric Inpatient Unit
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Duncan Hau

Duncan Hau, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Dr. Theresa Hetzler

Theresa Hetzler, M.D.

Pediatric Director, Pediatric Ambulatory Care
Medical Director, Resident Group Practice
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics (Interim)
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
MacKenzi Hillard

MacKenzie Hillard, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Lisa Ipp

Lisa Ipp, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Associate Attending Pediatrician
Asmita Jina

Asmita Jina, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Thanakorn Jirasevijinda

Thanakorn Jirasevijinda, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Attending Pediatrician
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Julia Katsuura, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Mary Keown

Mary Keown, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Dr. Anna Kowalcyk-Kim

Anna Kowalcyk-Kim, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
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Anna Kowalczyk-Kim, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
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Malini Kumar, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Efniki Kyvelos

Efniki Kyvelos, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
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Tiffany Liao, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Qing Liu

Qing Liu, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Jennie Ono

Jennie Ono, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Nena Osorio

Nena Osorio, M.D.

Director, Quality, Patient Safety & Family Engagement
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Associate Attending Pediatrician
Billy Pak

Billy Pak, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
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Kiran Patel, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
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Margaret Pulju, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Anjali Rajadhyaksha

Anjali Rajadhyaksha, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatric Neuroscience
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Sandra Rolston

Sandra Rolston, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Brooke Spector

Brooke Spector, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Alison Steiner

Alison Steiner, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Dr. Vivien Tam

Vivien Tam, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Anthony Yuen

Anthony Yuen, M.D.

Director, Simulation-Based Discharge Program 
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
General Academic Pediatrics
Pediatric Primary Care Clinic
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New York, NY, 10021
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