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Welcome to Our Program


The Pediatric program offers an outstanding faculty under the leadership of Jeffrey Avner, MD, Chair of Pediatrics and Ingrid Walker-Descartes, MD, MPH Program Director. Coupled with a dedicated and renowned array of faculty, the department fosters a philosophy that embraces education in a clinical environment based on “family-centered” care. This emphasis represented in the medical student experience will provide a sound basis for understanding the importance of building and maintaining strong patient-family-physician relations that are critical to high pediatric quality care.

Maimonides has been designated as a children's hospital, by the National Association of Children's Hospital & Related Institutions. We are the one and only officially designated children's hospital in Brooklyn.  Our mission, WE CARE, encompasses our drive to improve the health and well-being of children through excellence in family-centered care, advocacy, research and education.  To complement our mission, we now have the state-of- the art facilities and dedicated teaching faculty to accomplish this.

Maimonides Medical Center is a 711-bed, non-profit, teaching and community hospital in Borough Park, Brooklyn.  Maimonides Children’s Hospital is designated as a “children’s hospital within a hospital” and was the first accredited children’s hospital in Brooklyn, offering a broad range of pediatric services to very diverse communities from around the borough and the city. The maternity ward, and by extension the new born nursery and NICU, is the busiest in New York state, with 7,746 deliveries in 2009. There are a total of 36 dedicated inpatient pediatric beds, including an 11-bed pediatric intensive care unit and a 25-bed pediatric inpatient unit.  There is a dedicated pediatric emergency department staffed by Pediatric Emergency Medicine-trained physicians around the clock.

Maimonides Medical Center is located at 4802 Tenth Avenue in Brooklyn, between 48th and 49th Streets, and spanning from Ft. Hamilton Parkway on the east to Ninth Avenue on the west.  The main pediatric offices are in a brick “brownstone” at 977 48th Street, just west of Tenth Avenue.  The nearest subway stop is Ft. Hamilton Pkwy on the D train.