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Pediatrics - Division of Neonatology

Welcome to the Division of Neonatology at Staten Island University Hospital. While the birth of a newborn infant is generally a happy experience, there are times when problems arise and admission to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) becomes necessary. The Level IIIb NICU provides treatment to any infants requiring specialized care amongst the 3,000 babies born annually at SIUH

Members of the Division of Neonatology at Staten Island University Hospital are highly trained specialists who provide care to newborns with a wide range of medical and surgical problems including prematurity and its complications, respiratory disorders, infections, congenital heart disease, jaundice, genetic disorders and feeding and nutritional issues. The NICU staff is available onsite 24 hours per day and includes a dedicated group of attending neonatologists, neonatal nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatric residents, respiratory therapists, occupational/rehabilitation therapists and lactation consultants.

The state-of-the-art medical care provided by the NICU includes mechanical ventilation, both conventional and high frequency, several modes of non-invasive ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide and whole body cooling. In addition, pediatric surgical specialists are available to operate on a wide range of congenital abnormalities in the tiniest of patients. Pediatric radiologists are also available to provide assistance in the diagnosis and evaluation of newborn infants.

Along with the highest quality of medical care, the NICU team practices family-centered care with family-centered daily rounds, kangaroo care and open visitation in order to maximize time spent by parents at the bedside. Tours of the NICU and more information are available by calling the NICU at (718) 226 8370.

Faculty:

Philip Roth, MD, PhD, Director of Neonatology

Medical education: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Residency: Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia
Fellowship: Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia
Board-Certification: Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Interests: Neonatal infection, breast feeding, apnea and other breathing disorders, medical education

Awards/ Memberships:

  • Chairman, Dept. of Pediatrics, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Vice-President of Medical Education, Staten Island University Hospital
  • The Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine, 1999-2014
  • March of Dimes New York Chapter Program Service Award, 2005
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, 1990-
  • Member, Society for Pediatric Research, 1996-
  • Chairman, Committee on Fetus and Newborn; District II, Chapter 3, AAP, 1993-2000
  • Co-chairman, Program Services Committee March of Dimes, S.I., 2003-2009
  • Member, March of Dimes NY State Program Services Committee, 2001-11
  • NYS Task Force on Life and the Law, Neonatal Group 2013-

Jonathan Blau, MD, Associate Director of Neonatology

Medical education: SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Residency: New York University School of Medicine
Fellowship: New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center
Board-Certification: Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Interests: Neonatal nutrition, post-discharge nutritional management of the NICU graduate, neonatal quality/performance improvement, breast feeding medicine, resident education

Awards/ Memberships:

  • Pediatric Faculty of the Year," Pediatrics Residency Program, 2013-2014
  • Teaching Attending of the Year," Pediatrics Residency Program, 2011-2012
  • Vice-President of New York Perinatal Society, 2014-present
  • Co-Chair, Dept. of Pediatrics Scholarship & Research Committee, 2011-present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008-present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics , 2008-present
  • Member, American Medical Association, 2001-present
  • Member, Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2005-present

Shashi Sahdev, MD (MBBS)

Medical education: Medical College & Hospital, Rohtak (Haryana), India
Residency: Brooklyn Jewish Hospital & Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center
Fellowship: Interfaith Medical Center
Board-Certification: Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Interests: Director of NRP program at SIUH, Director of CLABSI Reduction Project in conjunction with NYS Dept. of Health

Awards/ Memberships:

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, New York Perinatal Society

Sivaroopi Coomaralingam, MD (MBBS)

Medical education: University of Ceylon, Sri Lanka
Residency: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Fellowship: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Board-Certification: Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Interests: Director of Newborn Screening program at SIUH

Awards/ Memberships:

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, Perinatal Section
  • Member, American Medical Association

Bdair Abulaimoun, MD

Medical education: University of Jordan
Residency: Brown University
Fellowship: Brown University
Board-Certification: Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Interests: Neonatal nutrition, breast feeding medicine, maternal bonding and family care, neonatal follow-up care

Awards/ Memberships:

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, Perinatal Section
  • Member, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

John Tadros, MD

Medical education: Ain Shams Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Richmond University Medical Center
Fellowship: SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital
Board-Certification: Pediatrics

Interests: Neonatal respiratory diseases, neonatal nutrition

Awards/ Memberships:

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, New York Perinatal Society

Daniel Hirsch, MD

Medical education: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
Fellowship: Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center
Board-Certification: Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Interests: Breast feeding medicine, vitamin D

Awards/ Memberships:

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics

Ecaterina Sartina, MD

Medical education: Odessa State University of Medicine, Odessa, Ukraine
Residency: Mount Sinai Health System at Elmhurst Hospital Center
Fellowship: University of Miami
Board-Certification: Pediatrics
Interests: Neonatal chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension, mesenchymal stem cell therapy in neonates

Awards/ Memberships:

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics
  • Member, Pennsylvania Medical Society

Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Nursing Leadership

Laura Wenzel, RN, Patient Care Unit Manager
Dawn Danneker, RN, Assistant Patient Care Unit Manager

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants

Dyane Irvine, PA, Supervising Physician Assistant of Neonatal Services
Amanda Suarez, PA, Senior PA of Neonatal Services
Christine Breen, PA
Chelise Cameron, PNP
Diane Chiappi, PA
Benedetta Commande, PA
Patricia Discenza, PNP
Vivien Ghebrial, PA
Natalya Kushelev, PA
Deborah Lyons-Sparacio, PA
Anju Mathew, PA
Josephine O'Hara, NP
Jacinda Pietanza, PA
Annette Pope-Lydon, PA
Efilyn Rivera, FNP

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