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    4 Technology Drive Ribbon Cutting CeremonyStony Brook Children’s Opens New Pediatric Specialty Practice

    State-of-the-art facility underscores commitment to health of Suffolk County’s children

    SETAUKET, NY, April 19, 2012 – Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital has opened a multi-specialty pediatric outpatient practice at 4 Technology Drive to provide an array of pediatric services in one convenient location for patients and their families.

    Called Stony Brook Children’s Services, the practice combines pediatric primary care, adolescent medicine, pediatric pulmonology, pediatric cardiology and pediatric allergy/immunology services. A total of 13 specialists are located at the state-of-the-art facility.

    The practice offers a Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory for the latest in non-invasive cardiac imaging for children, including highly specialized fetal echocardiography. The dedicated lab is available five days a week, to improve the efficiency of patient visits.

    “This new facility underscores Stony Brook’s ongoing commitment and investment in the health of Suffolk County’s children, said Margaret McGovern, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief, Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital. “As the provider of advanced pediatric care in Suffolk County, Stony Brook Children’s is bringing more and more highly specialized, board-certified physicians to the community.”

    Doctors practicing at the facility are:

    • Robyn Blair, MD, Pediatric Primary Care – A primary care pediatrician at Stony Brook Children’s, Dr. Blair is also the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Stony Brook Children’s.
    • Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, Pediatric Primary Care – A primary care pediatrician at Stony Brook Children’s, Dr. Chandran is also a professor of pediatrics and the vice dean for undergraduate medical education at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
    • Traci Downs, MD, Pediatric Primary Care – A primary care pediatrician at Stony Brook Children’s, specializes in global health and has led international health experiences for pediatric residents to Zambia for the past several years.
    • Allison Eliscu, MD, Adolescent Medicine – An adolescent medicine physician at Stony Brook Children’s, Dr. Eliscu provides comprehensive primary care services for patients 12 to 24 years of age, as well as subspecialty care addressing the major health issues of adolescents. She specializes in adolescent gynecologic services, family planning services, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and management of ADHD, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
    • Katharine Kevill, MD, Pediatric Pulmonology – A member of Stony Brook Children’s Pediatric Pulmonary team, Dr. Kevill’s goals are to establish a dedicated pediatric pulmonary function laboratory and develop a comprehensive asthma management program.
    • Catherine Kier, MD, Pediatric Pulmonology – Dr. Kier is Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology/Cystic Fibrosis at Stony Brook Children’s and Director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center. Her clinical research interests are asthma education, obesity and pediatric sleep.
    • James Nielsen, MD, Pediatric Cardiology – The new Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Stony Brook Children’s, Dr. Nielsen is an expert in pediatric and congenital heart disease and its echocardiographic evaluation. He is also an internationally recognized authority on the advanced application of modern, noninvasive imaging technologies in congenital heart disease evaluation.
    • Laurie Panesar, MD, Pediatric Cardiology – A pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Panesar is the Director of Pediatric and Fetal Echocardiography at Stony Brook Children’s.
    • Kalpana Patel, MD, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology – A pediatric allergy/immunologist, Dr. Patel’s areas of expertise include pediatric food and environmental allergies.
    • Susmita Pati, MD, MPH, Pediatric Primary Care – A pediatrician and the Chief of Primary Care Pediatrics at Stony Brook Children’s, Dr. Pati specializes in health services research, examining the impact of public policy on the health of underserved children and families. Dr. Pati’s research projects include predictors of Medicaid retention, the relationship between maternal health literacy and child health outcomes, and methods to tailor pediatric health supervision to individual needs.
    • Leslie Quinn, MD, Pediatric Primary Care – A primary care pediatrician at Stony Brook Children’s, Dr. Quinn specializes in child maltreatment. She is Medical Director of the New York State EAC Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center at the Pat & Mary Bagnato Place for Kids, and Medical Consultant for Child Protective Services and the District Attorney’s Office of Suffolk County.
    • Lycia Ryder, DO, Pediatric Primary Care – A primary care pediatrician at Stony Brook Children’s, Dr. Ryder specializes in promoting early literacy. She also serves as the site coordinator for the Reach Out and Read Program.
    • Susan Schuval, MD, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology – Chief of Allergy/Immunology at Stony Brook Children’s, Dr. Schuval focuses on primary immunodeficiency, food allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos of individual physicians are available here.


    About Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital:

    Established in June 2010, Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital is Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital. More than 7,000 children and adolescents are admitted each year. Stony Brook Children’s operates 100 pediatric beds and has more than 100 full-time pediatric physicians and surgeons and over 200 voluntary pediatric faculty members in 30 different specialties. The hospital is the Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center for our area and has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is home to the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center and also offers a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, Pediatric Cardiology Program, Pediatric HIV and AIDS Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. To learn more, visit