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When your child is sick, nothing seems right. And if your child falls seriously ill or shows signs of life altering disorders, nothing is ever the same. That is when worried parents and concerned medical professionals turn to NuHealth’s team of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. And whether your child is seen in the fully-equipped, full spectrum Pediatric Care Center at Nassau University Medical Center or by a primary care pediatrician in one of our five NuHealth Family Health Centers, you can rest assured that nobody will work harder to keep your pride and joy happy and healthy.

  • NuHealth’s Pediatrics Department, long a training ground for physicians and allied health professions, is raising the bar even higher, thanks to our clinical affiliation with the pediatric professionals at the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
  • The state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Nassau University Medical Center help hundreds of children every year recover from premature birth, birth defects, trauma, surgery and life-threatening illness.
  • Common non-emergent surgeries and emergency procedures for children are routinely performed by pediatric surgical specialists at Nassau University, while more complex surgical cases are easily and smoothly transferred to our affiliated pediatric specialists at North Shore University Hospital.

Contact Information

Appointments: (516) 486-NUMC (6862)

General Pediatrics Appointments:

East Meadow (NUMC) Pediatric Care (516) 572-6355
Elmont Family Health Center (516) 571-8200
Hempstead Family Health Center (516) 572-1300
Roosevelt Family Health Center (516) 571-8600
Westbury Family Health Center (516) 571-9500
Roosevelt High School Family Health Center (516) 867-8551
Specialized Pediatric Services Appointments (516) 572-6355

Administration »

Chairman's Office: (516) 572-6177
  Administrator (516) 572-6177
  Residency coordinator (516) 572-6177
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (516) 572-5914
Neonatology (516) 572-3319
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (516) 572-3318
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (516) 572-6330
Pediatric Allergies and Immunology (516) 572-6177
Pediatric Cardiology (516) 572-6177
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (516) 572-6177
Pediatric Infectious Diseases (516) 572-6177
Pediatric Nephrology (516) 572-6177
Pediatric Neurology (516) 572-3107
 

General Pediatrics

At NuHealth, we believe in the message behind that timeworn adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” That means our first priority is encouraging healthy habits that will help your child avoid the need for anything more than routine check-ups and care for the typical childhood maladies. But the general and primary care pediatricians working at Nassau University Medical Center and NuHealth’s Family Health Centers are ready to do far more. They are expert diagnosticians…a task made all the more difficult by the inability of many of their patients to accurately describe their symptoms – or even speak at all!

Some of the services provided by NuHealth’s general and primary care pediatricians and their staff include:

  • School Physicals
  • Children's Vaccines
  • Well-Baby and Well-Child Check-ups
  • Sick Child Visits
  • Screening for Developmental Problems
  • Education on Children’s and Adolescent’s Health Issues

Best of all, no matter where your NuHealth pediatrician practices, he or she is part of an entire team of pediatric specialists based at Nassau University Medical Center. That means expert help and specialized services are always easy to arrange.

But it just might be that one of the most important things NuHealth’s pediatricians and pediatric nurses do is get to know you and your family, building a relationship of trust that goes a long way toward soothing the concerns of parents and children alike. That trust and ongoing doctor-patient-parent relationship helps us obtain more complete and accurate patient histories and track small problems before they become big ones.

To make an appointment with a NuHealth pediatrician, please contact the Family Health Center nearest you:

East Meadow(NUMC): (516) 572-6355
Elmont: (516) 571-8200
Hempstead: (516) 572-1300
Roosevelt: (516) 571-8600
Westbury: (516) 571-9500
Roosevelt High School: (516) 867-8551

Clinical Staff
East Meadow (NUMC)
Yasmine Pompey, MD (Director, Pediatric Ambulatory Services)
Clare Kelly, MD
Anthony Santoro, MD
Maria Sapugay-Coz, MD

Hempstead
Diane Lombardy, MD

Roosevelt
Nubia Vargas-Chen, MD

Westbury
Rajender Jinna, MD

Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

From the moment they are born – and even before – we anxiously watch our babies develop into children, and on into adolescents. We celebrate each new developmental milestone, and cheer each accomplishment, hoping above all that our child will become a “normal” individual, able to achieve independence and function as a contributing member of our world. Setting aside what defines “normal” in society today, the fact is many children don’t follow a predictable developmental path – physically, emotionally, cognitively or socially. It takes a team of pediatric specialists with experience and special insight to tell the difference between normal variations in the process of development or signs of an actual developmental or behavioral disorder.

NuHealth’s Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (DBPed) division at Nassau University Medical Center helps parents, caseworkers, doctors and other health professionals diagnose emerging disorders and identify the causes of developmental delays. Working closely with our colleagues in Nassau University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences, NuHealth’s DBPed specialists also help diagnose behavioral and cognitive disorders in children and adolescents. Common disorders for which we provide diagnosis and treatment include:

  • Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Expressive Language Disorder
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • IsoDicentric 15
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Mental Retardation
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Williams Syndrome

Once we diagnose a disorder, NuHealth’s pediatric developmental and behavioral specialists work with other physicians and health care professionals in Psychiatry, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and other departments at Nassau University Medical Center. Together, they create an individualized treatment plan to address the specific physical and psychosocial issues resulting from the patient’s disorder.

But some of our most important work is helping parents manage a process that is inevitably one of the most grueling experiences they have faced…days and weeks alternately filled with fear, self-doubt, anger and denial even before a diagnosis is confirmed. NuHealth’s kind, empathetic staff of pediatric specialists, nurses and other professionals help parents and families understand how their child’s condition will affect their independence and function. We also help connect patients and parents with medical services they will need, as well as other sources of support both in and out of Nassau University Medical Center.

Raising a child with developmental or behavioral disorders will always be a challenge, and NuHealth’s goal is to help every family cope with the emotional and practical impact of their child’s disability, and help each child achieve their highest level of function.

To make an appointment with a pediatric developmental and behavioral specialist, please call (516) 572-6355.

Clinical Staff
Micheline Dole, M.D.
Jack Levine, M.D. (sessional)

Neonatology

Every baby deserves a smooth start at life. But while we have made major advances in preventing birth defects and helping mothers avoid behaviors that might be harmful to their unborn children, childbirth still holds risks for both. When something does go wrong, the experienced, compassionate neonatologists at Nassau University Medical Center give NuHealth’s tiniest patients a fighting chance at a healthy, happy future.

Working primarily in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nassau University Medical Center, NuHealth’s neonatology specialists work tirelessly to help newborns overcome both common and rare medical problems associated with childbirth, including:

  • Congenital Malformations (Birth Defects)
  • Intrauterine Growth Retardation
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Perinatal Drug Abuse
  • Premature Birth
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Sepsis

And although their first priority is doing all they can to save each young life, NuHealth’s neonatologists also take time to help parents understand exactly what is happening, offering comfort and hope, but also providing a realistic assessment of the baby’s outlook. It’s a pediatric specialty full of both joy and heartbreak…and one most of our dedicated, caring neonatal specialists wouldn’t trade for anything.

To contact a neonatal specialist at the division of Neonatology, please call (516) 572-3319.

To reach the NICU, call (516) 572-3318.

Clinical Staff
Harriet Boxer, M.D.
Chetna Kothari, M.D.
Ammukutty Paulose, M.D.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

At NuHealth’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nassau University Medical Center, an exceptional team of healers employ sophisticated, life-sustaining technologies and the latest healing protocols to give newborns in distress the time and loving care they need to thrive. Our neonatologists, respiratory specialists and especially our dedicated pediatric critical care nursing staff have helped thousands of babies overcome life-threatening complications of birth, many of whom have grown up to enjoy rich, full lives free of residual ill effects related to their shaky start.

NuHealth’s NICU is capable of providing care for up to ___ infants at once in a secure healing environment with limited public access. It provides strict isolation and infection control procedures, improved temperature regulation, and access to specialized feeding, respiratory assistance and advanced healing technologies like Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for newborns in severe pulmonary distress. Our multidisciplinary care teams are led by NuHealth’s neonatologists, who bring in specialists in pediatric cardiology, pediatric neurology, gastroenterology and other disciplines to immediately address complications as they arise.

At the same time, we believe strongly in the natural healing power of a parent’s touch, and the importance of parent-child bonding in the critical early days and weeks. We encourage our parents to be involved and in physical contact with their babies as much as possible and medically advisable. And because we know there are times when leaving is just not an option, we provide a private waiting room where parents of our NICU patients can rest and still be in ready contact with their baby’s caregivers.

To reach the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-3318.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Few things make a parent feel as helpless as watching their child undergo a medical crisis. When illness or injury poses a critical challenge to the respiratory, circulatory, nervous or gastrointestinal functions of children and adolescents, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Nassau University Medical Center provides the ideal high-tech healing environment. Some of the conditions that might require a stay in the PICU include:

  • Trauma
  • Extensive surgery
  • Severe infection
  • Poisoning
  • Drug overdose
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Immunological disorders.

NuHealth’s PICU at Nassau University Medical Center provides a secure, controlled environment capable of tending to the needs of up to __ patients at any given time. There, our children receive the highest degree of care and are constantly and carefully monitored. When necessary, the latest interventions and treatments are brought to bear, including special respiratory technology and other life-saving protocols.

Led by pediatric critical care specialists from NUMC’s Department of Pediatrics, NuHealth’s experienced PICU team includes highly trained pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists and other health professionals. With their compassionate manner and quiet competence, they are a comfort to children and parents alike, offering the right combination of technology, expertise and old fashioned TLC to help our young patients return as quickly as possible to the warm embrace of home and family.

To reach the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-6330.

Specialized Pediatric Medicine

Children are not miniature adults. Their bodies are growing and changing, and they can have dangerously different reactions to drugs and treatment protocols that are perfectly safe for grownups. When your child is seriously ill or injured, NuHealth’s pediatric subspecialists at Nassau University Medical Center have the skill, experience and compassion to see your entire family through. What’s more, our clinical affiliation with the North Shore-LIJ Health System means there are even more practitioners with unique specialized pediatric medical and surgical skills ready to weigh in, or even step in, as necessary.

NuHealth’s growing list of pediatric subspecialties on site at Nassau University Medical Center includes:

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
When your child is experiencing allergic reactions to food, the environment or other stimuli, NuHealth’s pediatric immunologists can help pinpoint the cause and develop an effective prevention or treatment plan. Our expertise includes all allergic diseases, anaphylaxis, asthma, rhinitis, primary immunodeficiency, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), and autoimmune diseases.

Pediatric Cardiology
NuHealth’s pediatric cardiologists are frequently consulted by physicians treating children both inside Nassau University Medical Center and out in the community. Using diagnostic tools such as electrocardiography (EKG), echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) and cardiac catheterization, we treat congenital and acquired heart diseases, heart murmurs, abnormal heart rhythm, syncope (fainting) and other conditions. In addition, NuHealth’s pediatric cardiologists provide ongoing follow-up care for infants, children and adolescents following cardiac surgery.

Pediatric Genetics
NuHealth’s pediatric geneticists diagnose genetic conditions and recommend follow-up care, which is implemented by the referring physician.  Pediatric genetics consultations are usually recommended for children with diagnosed or suspected genetic disorders and birth defects, mental retardation of unknown cause or a family history of a genetic condition.

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
NuHealth’s pediatric hematologist/oncologists diagnose and provide ongoing treatment for children and adolescents with blood disorders or cancer. These include non-cancerous blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia; bleeding and immunodeficiency disorders, like hemophilia and SCID, as well as leukemia, lymphoma and all other forms of childhood cancers.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases
NuHealth’s pediatric infectious disease specialists treat children from birth through adolescence who are experiencing a recurring or persistent disease caused by an infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Diseases treated include respiratory infections, bone and joint infections, tuberculosis, hepatitis  and meningitis.

Pediatric Nephrology
The pediatric nephrologists at Nassau University Medical Center diagnose and treat children with kidney diseases and disorders. We offer help for a full range of renal problems, including acute renal failure, blood or protein in the urine, kidney stones, polycystic kidney disease, lupus and recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Pediatric Neurology
NuHealth’s pediatric neurology specialists help both children and their loved ones face the challenges of neurological and neuromuscular diseases and disorders. Our multidisciplinary pediatric neurology team diagnoses and treats a variety of conditions, including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, ADHD, learning problems, developmental disabilities, movement disorders, pediatric headache, and more.

Anything that requires the intervention of a pediatric subspecialist is bound to cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for patients and parents alike. Our physicians, nurses and other health care professionals take pride in helping families through the entire diagnostic and treatment process, providing both care and comfort to ease worried minds and speed the healing process.

To make an appointment with a pediatric subspecialist, please call (516) 572-6355.

Clinical Staff

Subspecialty   Physician(s)
Pediatric Allergy/Immunology   Rose Marie Young, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiology   Daniel Silbert, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology/Metabolism   Renee Bargman, M.D.
Marc Jacobson, M.D. (sessional)
Genetics   David Tegay, D.O.
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology   Dominick Sabatino, M.D.
Sujatha Kosuri, M.D.
Pediatric Infectious Disease   Brinda Doraiswamy, M.D.
Pediatric Nephrology   Stephen Katz, M.D.