An Integrated Approach
I bring a balanced approach to my practice. On one hand, I come from a rather progressive family. My mother is a well known midwife, an active leader at La Leche League, and the founder and president of Mother Nurture, a doula company. My father was one of the first consumer reporters, always questioning big companies and fighting for the little guy. I myself bring a little cynicism to Western medicine—I am proud to say that at my practice, we distance ourselves from pharmaceutical companies and resist being influenced by those seeking profits through healthcare.
On the other hand, I am a highly trained doctor from a top medical institution. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biological Basis of Behavior, and then University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) for medical school. I came back to the East Coast to complete my pediatric residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital. I stay current with the “latest and greatest” by frequently attending medical conferences and reading pediatric journals. In my profession, it is crucial that we stay on top of the most recent discoveries, as well as results from well done placebo-controlled double-blinded unbiased studies.
I am also board certified. The American Academy of Pediatrics requires that doctors take a number of exams in order to become board certified. These exams are difficult, covering issues that a sub-specialist would typically manage, such as rare genetic syndromes, or management of diabetic ketoacidosis or septic shock from bacterial meningitis.
I am very involved in the Brooklyn community, often speaking at Ellen Chuse’s birthing classes, Families First, and Baby Bites Brooklyn. In addition, I am the pediatric expert for A Child Grows in Brooklyn, a wonderful website for families with children. At the site you can find my advice on a host of pediatric issues, such as newborn care, asthma, allergies, starting solids, colic and vaccines. I live with my wife and daughters in Cobble Hill and thoroughly enjoy being part of this wonderful neighborhood.
Affiliation With Mount Sinai Hospital and Westmed Practice Partners
I belong to a wonderful group of Mount Sinai physicians located in a state-of-the-art, brand new facility. We are honored to have the academic support of a top-notch institution in Mount Sinai Hospital, and we’ll also reap the benefits of having Westmed Practice Partners organize and implement our systems, as well as run most of the day-to-day operations.