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The Children's Hospital at SUNY Downstate

Letter from the Chair

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Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate and its renowned clinical, student education, research 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). Our principle educational affiliate is Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC), located across the street from the Children's Hospital at Downstate. We are also affiliated with Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital as an adjunct to our resident training curriculum.

In 2009, the Children's Hospital at Downstate was recognized by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Research Institutions (NACHRI). The Neonatal ICU is certified as a New York State Regional Perinatal Center. The neonatal division is also the recipient of a $4 million NIH research award. This research grant is a driving force for laboratory research throughout the Department. In 2014, the Starlight Children's Foundation awarded a grant to completely remodel the treatment room on the inpatient unit at UHB. In late 2014, construction will begin on new, state of the art Pediatric ICU and step-down units at UHB. The PICU will increase by 2-1/2 times in floor area for nine beds in the PICU and step-down units, all under the direction of our critical care division.

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 addition to the general pediatric residency training program, SUNY Downstate Graduate Medical Education offers fellowship training in several pediatric subspecialties: Adolescent Medicine, Allergy/Immunology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Nephrology, and Pulmonology; plus training programs in pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric neurology. In short, we are the pediatric faculty of Brooklyn's only medical school and we set the standard for pediatric health care in our region.

Our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally as clinicians, educators and researchers. The pediatric residency training and all subspecialty training programs are fully accredited. While the principal site for residency training is the Children's Hospital at Downstate, we provide unique educational experiences through our key affiliate Kings County Hospital Center and Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center.

This has been just a brief overview of the SUNY Downstate Department of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital at Downstate. We look forward to delivering on the promise of being Brooklyn's only academic medical center.

Sincerely yours,

Stanley E. Fisher, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics Anatomy and Cell Biology
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
The Children's Hospital at Downstate