Forty years ago, pediatric hematology and oncology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center was the domain of specialists who catered to adults. There was no children’s hospital at the New Hyde Park campus.
But that changed thanks to visionary physicians like Philip Lanzkowsky, MD, a hematologist-oncologist and former chairman of pediatrics at LIJ, who helped found Schneider Children’s Hospital in 1983.
Today, that hospital – now known as Cohen Children’s Medical Center – is the largest provider of medical care to children in New York State.
In recognition of Dr. Lanzkowsky’s dedication to help make this happen, Northwell Health held a ceremony earlier this month to debut the Philip Lanzkowsky, MD Center for Hematology-Oncology at Cohen.
“While there has been great change over these almost four decades what remains is the ideal that Phil originated that the children in the New York community deserve the very best in healthcare,” said Charles Schleien, MD, executive director of Cohen and senior vice president and chair of pediatrics at Northwell Health.
As a long-time executive director of Cohen, Dr. Lanzkowsky educated and recruited the top pediatric specialists. This is reflected in Cohen’s consistent ranking by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation.
Currently, the hospital is spearheading major biological and clinical research in pediatrics that will benefit children locally as well as worldwide. The hospital recently earned a Magnet Award, which is the gold standard for nursing, and was accredited as a Level 1 pediatric trauma center capable of taking care of the most seriously ill patient.
“We are indebted to Phil for leading the way, with vision and compassion, ensuring that our children have access to world-class care right in our own backyard,” said Dr. Schleien.