Residency in General Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

Residency in General Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

Director's welcome letter

One of the most important decisions in your professional and personal life is choosing a training program to foster your career goals.  To ensure our residents receive the best clinical education and professional development, we provide one-on-one mentorship, sub-specialty training, and opportunities to conduct research.

For more than 60 years, the general pediatrics residency program has cultivated the talents of some of the country’s leading pediatric clinicians, researchers and academicians. The program is one of the country's most effective and prestigious. Residents are supervised by more than 300 full-time pediatric faculty members, with clinical focus in all subspecialty areas of pediatric medicine.

Our training program teaches residents to provide exceptional patient care in diverse settings, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Training is primarily conducted at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a hospital completely dedicated to care of infants, children and adolescents. Residents also get clinical experience in community health clinics, pediatric private practices, and on the frontline through our global health initiative. Our residents leverage the resources of the largest health system in New York State, which includes access to a patient simulation center, leadership training through our corporate university and research opportunities at a nationally recognized medical research institute.

Cohen Children's Medical Center is the primary teaching affiliate of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. This partnership cements our departments committed to providing the highest standard of pediatric education through the delivery of state-of-the-art, comprehensive care in an academic and research-oriented environment.

Individualized training is at the heart of the general pediatrics residency program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Each house officer is assigned to an advisor who is responsible for custom-tailoring a professionally fulfilling and personally enjoyable three years of training through individualized feedback and discussion. Our core curriculum was developed with well-defined educational goals for all rotations and electives. This is fully integrated into bedside teaching and covers the entire training experience.

The training program encompasses the gamut of pediatrics from well-baby care and preventive medicine to emergency, intensive care and subspecialty services. Special programs include the Child Development Center, Asthma Center, Epilepsy Center, Child Protective Service, Child Advocacy, Heart Institute, Apnea Program, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Lyme Disease Center, Eating Disorders and Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit.

In addition, the fellows in our 15 pediatric fellowship programs complement the faculty's clinical and academic relations with the residents. Our residents actively participate in the training of the third and fourth-year medical students in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

The commitment to the care of infants, children and adolescents is one of the most rewarding experiences for a physician. Few other specialties can make such an impact on the future of our nation. We appreciate your interest in our program, and are eager to help you any way we can with your transition from medical school to residency. We look forward to having you visit us and working with you on fulfilling your goals.


Charles Schleien, MD
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Cohen Children's Medical Center

Robert Katz, MD
Associate Program Director
Cohen Children's Medical Center

Stephen Barone, MD
Vice Chairman for Education
Program Director
Cohen Children's Medical Center

Nancy Palumbo, MD
Associate Program Director
Cohen Children's Medical Center



Program facts

Right now is an exciting time for pediatric medicine. The healthcare landscape is evolving with the integration of technology into our daily practices. At the heart of everything we do is providing exceptional care to children that aid in their emotional, physical and mental development. The general pediatrics residency trainees at Cohen Children’s Medical Center are at the center of this transition, learning how to use the technical advancements in the field to improve outcomes for patients. Some of the advanced features of the program include:

  • Largest provider of pediatric care in New York.
  • The most diverse patient population in the United States
  • Ranked as one of the top 50 Children’s Hospitals in the nation
  • Magnet Award Winning Nurses
  • One of the largest patient simulation centers in the nation

For detailed information about curriculum, rotations and schedules, download our curriculum packet

Leadership & faculty

Program director

Stephen R. Barone, MD

  • Program Director, General Pediatrics Residency Program,
    Cohen Children’s Medical Center
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics ,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Vice Chair, Graduate Medical Education,
    Cohen Children’s Medical Center
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Department chair

Charles Schleien, MD

  • Executive Director,
    Cohen Children's Medical Center
  • Senior Vice President, Executive Director and Chair, Pediatric Services,
    Northwell Health
  • Chair and Professor, Pediatrics,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Associate program directors

Robert K. Katz, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Director, Pediatric Selectives and Electives,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Attending,
    Cohen Children’s Medical Center
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Nancy Palumbo, MD

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatrics,
    Cohen Children’s Medical Center
  • Chief, Pediatric Hospital Medicine,
    Cohen Children’s Medical Center
  • Attending, Pediatric Hospital Medicine,
    Cohen Children’s Medical Center
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Global health director

Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo MD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Population Health,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Attending, Pediatrics,
    Cohen Children’s Medical Center
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Other faculty

Martin Fisher, MD
Linda Levin Carmine, MD
Marigold Castillo, MD
Ronald Feinstein, MD
Nadia Saldanha, MD
Eric Weiselberg, MD
Vincent Bonagura, MD
Gina Coscia, MD
Sherry Farzan, MD
Artemio Miguel Jongco III, MD, PhD, MPH 
Blanka Kaplan, MD
Irina Katayeva, MD
Punita Ponda, MD
David Rosenthal, DO
Rubin S. Cooper, MD
Andrew D. Blaufox, MD
Preeta S. Dhanantwari, MD
Shilpi Epstein, MD
Richard Friedman, MD
Barry Goldberg, MD
Denise Hayes, MD
Dipak Kholwadwala, MD
Elena Kwon, MD
Deborah J. Mensch, MD
Lindsey McPhillips, DO
Nilanjana Misra, MD
Elizabeth Mitchell, MD
Shahed Quraishi, MD
Angela Romano, MD
Marion Rose, MD
Eliyahu Rosman, MD
Yehuda Shapir, MD
Russel Schiff, MD
Rohit Talwar, MD
Aykuy Tugertimur, MD
Vincent Parnell, MD
David Meyer, MD
James Schneider MD
Adnan Bakar MD
Ariel Brandwein, MD
Clifford Deutschman MS, MD
Sharon Dial MD
Maria Esperanza MD
Sandeep Gangadharan MD
Lily Glater MD
Aaron Kessel MD
Charles Schleien MD, MBA
Linda Siegel MD
Todd Sweberg MD, MBA
Cheryl Taurassi MD
Randi Trope DO, MBA
Laura Watkins MD
Andrew Adesman, MD
Victoria Chen, MD
Alyson Gutman, MD
Ruee Huang, MD
Anna Krevskaya, MD
Nili Major, MD
David Meryash, MD
Ruth Milanaik, DO
Tina Narayan, MD
Helen Papaioannou, MD
Michael Resnick, MD
Lauren Tarnok, MD
Jahn Avarello MD
Cara Bornstein, DO
Francesca Bullaro, MD
Talia Brooks, MD
Allison Cooper, MD
Diana Crevi, MD
Kimberly Giusto, MD         
Robert Gochman, MD
Jonathan Golden, MD
Mathew Harris
Jeffrey Israel, MD
Nafis Kahn, MD
Kimberly Kahne
William Krief, MD
Danielle Paulin
Anita Pillai
Michael Preis, DO
Joshua Rocker, MD
Monica  Shekher -Kapoor, MD
Melanie Stein-Etess, DO
David Teng, MD
Philomena Thomas, MD
Barbara Walsh, MD
Kristy Williamson, MD
Phyllis Speiser, MD
Dennis Carey, MD
Graeme Frank, MD
YeouChing Hsu, MD
Sharon Hyman, MD
Paula Kreitzer, MD
Allison B. Mekhoubad, DO
Parissa Salem, DO
Michael Pettei, MD
Samuel Bitton, MD
Kate Buzzi, MD
Cindy Haller, MD
Jennifer Mait-Kaufman, MD
James Markowitz, MD
Ying Lu, MD
Benjamin Sahn, MD
Tony Webster, MD
Toba Weinstein, MD
Sophia Jan, MD
Minu George, MD
Cliff Nerwen, MD
Henry Bernstein, DO
Allison Driansky, MD
Mariecel Pilapil, MD
Mary Makaryus, MD
Roya Samuels, MD
Omolara Thomas-Uwenidimo, MD
Mark Welles, MD
Denise Woodall-Ruff, MD
Megan Walsh, MD
Andrew Hong, MD
Stephen Dolgin, MD
Richard Glick, MD
Aaron Lipskar, MD
Barrie Rich, MD
Nelson Rosen, MD
Samuel Soffer, MD
Michael Prince, MD
Jose Prince, MD
Jeffrey M. Lipton, MD, PhD
Suchitra Acharya, MD
Abena Appiah-Kubi, MD
Mark Atlas, MD
Banu Aygun, MD
Lionel Blanc, PhD (laboratory scientist)
Joel Brochstein, MD
Caroline Fein-Levy, MD
Jonathan Fish, MD
Rachel Kessel, MD
Julie Krystal, MD, MPH
Johnson Liu, MD
Amy Nadel, MD
Kenan Onel, MD, PhD
Arlene Redner, MD
Indira Sahdev, MD
Sharon Singh, MD
Adrianna Vlachos, MD
Larry Wolfe, MD
Nancy Palumbo, MD
Ayesha Ahmed, MD
Vanessa Baptiste, MD
Allison Baxterbeck, MD
Dorothy Chu, MD
Pratichi Goenka, MD
Mera Goodman, MD
Meredith Krevitsky, DO
Kimberly Lau, MD
Jill Leibowitz-Feder, MD
Nicole Leone, MD
Shelia Liewehr MD
Neena Makam, MD
Stacy McGeechan, MD
Dipti Mirchandani, MD
Sudha Parashar, MD
Hareem Park, MD
Hayley Wolgryberg, M
Kenan Onel, MD, PhD
Martin Bialer, MD
Joyce Fox, MD
David Hyman, MD
Lorry G. Rubin, MD
Stefan Hagmann, MD
Mundeep Kainth, DO
Sunil Sood, MD
Sujatha Rajan, MD
Richard Schanler, MD
Alpna Aggarwall, DO
Mohamed Ahmed, MD, PhD
Joanna Beachy, MD
Vita Boyar, MD
Susanna Castro-Alcaraz, MD
Eunsung Cho, MD
Lina Chusid, MD
Lyndsey Garbi, MD
Irina Gershkovich, DO
Linda Genen, MD
Howard Heiman, MD
Robert Koppel, MD
Dalibor Kurepa, MD
Shahana Perveen, MD
Olena Predtechenska, MD
Jerrold Schlessel, MD
Meredith Slutzah-Bernstein, DO
Regina Spinazzola-Kinney, MD
Andrew M. Steele, MD
Loanne Tran, MD
Juliette Trope, MD
Barry Weinberger, MD
Nahla Zaghloul, MD
Alla Zaytseva, MD
Christine Sethna, MD
Pamela Singer. MD
Ahmad Fahmy, MBBCH
Ernesto Molmenti, MD
Joseph Maytal, MD
Murovet Elkay, MD
Zipora Fefer, MD
Shiffali Karkare, MD
Emma Laureta, MD
Ivan Parkovic, MD
RoseMarrie Sy-Kho, MD
Mark Mittler, MD
Shaun Rogers, MD
Steven Schneider, MD
Lee Smith, MD
Neha Patel, MD
Joshua Silverman, MD, PhD
Gerald D. Zahtz, MD
Vishal Sarwahi, MD
Terry Amaral, MD
Jon-Paul Philip DiMauro, MD
Francisco Laplaza, MD
Carmel Foley, MD
Robert Dicker, MD
Scott Falkowitz, DO
Victor Fornari, MD
Claudine Higdon, MD
Richard Pleak, MD
Ema Saito, MD
Vivian Kafantaris
Scott Krakower
Maria Teresa Santiago, MD
Kelly Adams MD
Elizabeth Fiorino, MD
Joan DeCelie-Germana, MD
Kristin Kelly-Pieper, MD
Kalliope Tsirilakis, MD
Beth Gottlieb, MD
B. Anne Eberhard, MD
Joyce Hui-Yuen, MD
Heather Walters, MD
Lane Palmer, MD
Lori Dyer, MD
Steven Friedman, MD
Jaime Freyle, MD
Jordan Gitlin, MD
Mark Horowitz, MD
Edward Reda, MD
Paul Zelkovic, MD

Cohen Children's Medical Center

Dedicated exclusively to the care of children and committed to providing the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art care in all major clinical areas.

Did you know…

… a resident sits on the medical board of each Northwell teaching hospital as a representative of resident affairs?