Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
The Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine Division at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is one of the largest such divisions in the nation and we have outreach offices throughout the Hudson Valley.
Our mission is three-fold: patient care, teaching and research. We care for all children with asthma, allergies, cystic fibrosis, recurrent pneumonias, sleep apnea and a wide array of congenital and acquired illnesses that affect the respiratory tract. Our major emphasis is on the diagnosis and management of such disorders. As part of our center, we offer the following services:
- Asthma Clinical Research Center
We are part of a nationwide network of 20 centers supported by the American Lung Association since 1999. Only 5 of these centers, including ours, are pediatric centers. Our goal is to complete large clinical studies that will have real-world, practical and immediate significance to children and adults with asthma.
- Armond V. Mascia, MD Cystic Fibrosis Center
Named after our founder, our CF center cares for patients of all ages, children as well adults, with Cystic Fibrosis. We are the only CF center in the Hudson Valley, and we are one of only 115 medical centers accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, having undergone a very rigorous process that assures excellence in patient care, research and education. Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians, nurses, physical and respiratory therapists, dieticians, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and research personnel.
- Pediatric Pulmonary Function and Exercise Laboratories
Westchester Medical Center is home to the only pulmonary function and exercise lab in the Hudson Valley dedicated just to children. We have state-of-the-art equipment designed to measure lung function in children of all ages, including brand new infant testing equipment.
- Clinical Allergy Evaluation and Therapy
Our pediatric allergists are experts in allergy testing and the diagnosis and management of all allergic conditions.
- Hudson Valley Infant Apnea Center
We are experts in the evaluation and management of children with apnea and siblings of victims of SIDS. As such, we manage all children who require home apnea monitoring.
- Pediatric Sleep Center
We are among the largest referral centers in the entire region for the evaluation of sleep disorders in the pediatric age group. We have experts in several pediatric specialties that are related to the diagnosis and treatment of various sleep disorders. We also offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art sleep studies for patients of all ages.
- Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy Service
Our physicians are experts in performing this often essential diagnostic test, using state of the art bronchoscopes available in appropriate sizes for children of all ages.
- Care of the Technology-Dependent Child
We work with patients who require home mechanical ventilation and other forms of noninvasive ventilation, for both acute and chronic respiratory diseases. We also care for patients with tracheotomies and infants with chronic lung disease of prematurity.
- Environmental Health Center
We have three primary missions: Consultations for children with suspected or known exposures to environmental toxins; educational programs, dedicated to raising awareness of children, families, schools, communities, and government of the importance of minimizing exposure of our children to environmental toxins and pollutants; and research, which is vital to understanding the role of the environment in the health of children.
Our Medical Staff
We have pediatric pulmonologists and pediatric allergists dedicated to caring for children with an array of respiratory and related disorders.
Nikhil Amin, MBBS
Agnes Banquet, MD
Joseph Boyer, MD
Elizabeth DeLaRiva-Velasco, MD
Allen Dozor, MD (Section Chief)
Bindu George, MD
Suzette Gjonaj, MD
Jayasri Indaram, MBBS
Christy Kim, MD
Y. Cathy Kim, MD
Sankaran Krishnan, MBBS
Diana Lowenthal, MD
Priya Prashad, MD
Marilyn Scharbach, MD
Subhadra Siegel, MD
Nadav Traeger, MD
John Welter, MD
For information about our specialists, please visit our online Physician Directory.