Cohen Children’s Medical Center Appoints New Director of Pediatric Nephrology

NEW HYDE PARK, NY – Christine Sethna, MD, has been named division director of pediatric nephrology in the Department of Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, part of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

“Since joining Cohen in 2008, Dr. Sethna has served our patients with compassion and excellence,” said Charles Schleien, MD, senior vice president and executive director of pediatrics at Cohen. “We are delighted that she continues to share her expertise and knowledge with all of us here at the hospital.”

Dr. Sethna joined the hospital as director of its End Stage Kidney Disease Program and as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

With clinical and research interests in hypertension and cardiovascular outcomes in kidney disease, Dr. Sethna received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Master of Education (M.Ed) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education before earning her medical degree SUNY Downstate School of Medicine in Brooklyn.

She completed her post-graduate training in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As part of her fellowship training, she received a professional certificate in biostatistics and epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania.

She serves as the local principal investigator for several multicenter trials of kidney diseases, including the National Institutes of Health-sponsored NEPTUNE and CureGN studies on nephrotic syndrome. In addition, she is the director of resident scholarly activity for the GME program at Cohen and a member of the North Shore-LIJ Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Dr. Sethna is an active member of numerous professional and scientific societies, including the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and the American Society of Nephrology. She is also the section editor of nephrology for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Grand Rounds.

About the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
Opened in 1983, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York is home to about 675 pediatricians, including 200 full-time physicians, and a total workforce of more than 1,200, including more than 500 nurses. For the eighth consecutive year in 2014, CCMC was ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.


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