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The Children's Hospital at SUNY Downstate
Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate and its renowned clinical, research, student education and residency training programs. Downstate is Brooklyn's only full-fledged academic medical center. Our principal clinical and educational facility is the Children's Hospital at Downstate, located within University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) and Long Island College Hospital (LICH). In the past couple of years, there have been some important advances at Downstate that have enhanced our leadership role in clinical and academic pediatrics.
We offer the most extensive array of pediatric medical and surgical services available in Brooklyn, providing the latest, most sophisticated medical care for children with both acute and chronic medical/surgical problems. In short, we are the pediatric faculty of Brooklyn's only medical school and we set the standard for pediatric healthcare in our region. In 2009, the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) certified our facility as a children's hospital within a hospital. Similarly, the NY State Department of Health has again renewed our certification as a Regional Perinatal Center, highlighting the world class care we provide for premature infants.
Our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally as educators. The pediatric residency training program and all subspecialty training programs are fully accredited. While the principal site for residency training is the Children's Hospital at Downstate (both UHB and LICH campuses), we continue to provide unique educational experiences through our key affiliates, Kings County Hospital Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
The Children's Hospital at Downstate and its faculty are active in cutting edge clinical and basic research. In 2011, we were awarded a $4 million grant from the NIH to study the molecular basis of retinopathy of prematurity, as well as potential strategies for pharmacologic intervention. The principal investigator: Jacob Aranda, MD, PhD, Director of Neonatology at Downstate.
Finally, Brooklyn is still abuzz about the merger of LICH with Downstate Medical Center. This will enable the Children's Hospital at Downstate to broaden its clinical and educational service to the children of Brooklyn. Coupling LICH's pediatric faculty with that of the Children's Hospital at Downstate, we will be rebuilding and growing all aspects of pediatrics at LICH. All our subspecialty programs are available to provide referral and consultative services, at both campuses. A call to just one number, 718-270-4714, will connect you with an operator, who will facilitate an appointment with a subspecialty physician. For more information, please see our Faculty Practice website, www.downstatekids.com.
These are exciting developments for the Children's Hospital at Downstate. We look forward to delivering on the promise of Brooklyn's only academic medical center.
Stanley E. Fisher, M.D.