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Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship

Program Director’s Message

The fellows of the Pediatric Pulmonary Division are an integral part in the care of infants and children with pulmonary disorders at NYU Winthrop Hospital. They are involved in the diagnosis and management of children with a vast array of respiratory diseases in the intensive care units, the general pediatrics units, and in our outpatient offices.

The fellows actively participate in the education of the pediatric residents and medical students in both structured didactic sessions as well as informal patient discussions. The Pediatric Pulmonary fellows work closely with the gastroenterologists, neonatologists, allergy/immunologists, surgeons as well as the general pediatricians in a multidisciplinary setting. They are involved in both clinical and bench research during their fellowship training as well as several QI projects.

NYU Winthrop Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center which proudly offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. We are a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. We are also Nassau County’s only American College of Surgeons certified adult Level 1 Trauma Center with full adult and pediatric capabilities.

Rest assured that whatever medical care you or your family may need, NYU Winthrop is committed to a profound guiding principle: “Your Health Means Everything”

NYU Winthrop Hospital has been a focal point of academic medicine on Long Island and is now very proud to partner with the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, a newly LCME accredited, innovative 3-year medical school located on the hospital campus with a mission to educate exemplary physicians and academic leaders in primary care. In addition, we sponsor over 30 medical and surgical residency and fellowship training programs where 300 physicians have chosen to pursue their post-graduate medical education.

NYU Winthrop has a vibrant multi-faceted research program. As part of its mission as a teaching hospital, NYU Winthrop physicians and scientists are engaged in groundbreaking basic and clinical biomedical research.

Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, NYU Winthrop Hospital is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. We successfully blend the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.

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  • Rich case mix that includes patients with asthma, bronchiolitis, chronic lung disease of infancy, apnea, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, immunodefiencies, sleep disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and ventilator-dependant patients
  • Hands-on experience in the PICU and NICU including ventilator management of acute and chronic respiratory failure
  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopy training for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric respiratory disease
  • Pulmonary exercise testing facility, Pulmonary function laboratory and Sleep Disorders laboratories for clinical investigations and patient evaluations
  • Access NYU Winthrop Hospital’s CardioPulmonary Research Institute where fellows can learn state of the art techniques of molecular biology and they can have access to faculty doing research on basic mechanisms of lung injury, apoptosis, formulatory of new antimicrobials, and the interactions of respiratory viruses with the lung
  • Housing and complimentary meals

The fellowship is a three-year program that in the first year is heavily weighted towards developing clinical acumen and in the second two years is devoted towards pursuing the fellow’s research interests. There are twice weekly conferences within the division and the fellows are invited to participate in the adult pulmonologists conferences. The close interaction with the house staff, other pediatric fellows and at research conferences allows ample opportunity to perform and collaborate on sophisticated and significant basic science and clinical research. An introduction to research course is offered to help fellows develop their ability to ask, answer, and analyze research questions. Our present group of fellows have recently presented their research findings at international conferences.

Core Lectures Every Tuesday
Journal Club Monthly
Journal Review Monthly
Case Presentation Monthly and at Metropolitan Thoracic Airway conference (every other month)
Board Review Monthly
Diagnostic Lecture Every Friday
Pathology Lecture Every other month
CF Lecture
Radiology Lecture
Multidisciplinary Lecture Monthly
Service/Consults Research CF Elective* Vacation
PGY 4 8 2 2 0 1
PGY 5 3 6 2 1 1
PGY 6 2 7 2 1 1
Totals 13 15 6 2 3

*electives may include radiology, allergy/immunology, sleep, ENT, or other rotation approved by the director

  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • CHEST
  • Pediatric Academic Society
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Society for Prevention Research
  • NYS Pulmonary Society
  • Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonary
  • Clinical Research – NYU Winthrop Hospital and NYU Hassenfeld
  • Bench Research – NYU Winthrop Research Academic Center
  • Quality Improvement – NYU Winthrop Hospital, NYU Hassenfeld, and St. Mary’s Hospital for Children
  • Research Coordinator Support – NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Statistician Support – NYU Winthrop Research Academic Center
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Melodi B. Pirzada, MD, FCCP, Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Director, Pediatric Bronchoscopy, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, LISOM, Consultant, Pediatric Pulmonology, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children Bayside, NY.

  • Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Research Interests: childhood asthma, aging associated lung injury, neuromuscular disorders
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Claudia Halaby, MD, FCCP, Associate Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, LISOM, Consultant Physician, Pediatric Pulmonology, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Bayside, NY.

  • Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Research Interests: asthma, educational research
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Christina Valsamis, MD, Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, LISOM, Pulmonology Consultant, Medical Staff, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Bayside, NY.

  • Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Research Interests: asthma, pediatric sleep
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Angela Webb, MD, Attending, Pediatric Pulmonology, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, NY, Assistant Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Pulmonology, LISOM, Core Curriculum Committee, Pediatrics, NYU Winthrop Hospital. Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital.

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Mary Cataletto, MD, Associate Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at NYU, LISOM.

  • Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Research Tnterests: sleep apnea

Kathy McKillop, CPNP – Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric certified asthma educator.

  • Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Research Interests: compliance issues in chronically ill children

Cassandra Singh, CPNP – Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner

  • Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital

Amy Luckman, RN – Pediatric Pulmonary Registered Nurse

  • Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital

Donna Dolan – Social Worker, Pediatric Pulmonary Social Worker

  • Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital

Mikhail Kazachkov, MD – Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

  • Location: NYU Langone Hospital

Robert Giusti, MD, MS – Director of NYU Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center

  • Location: NYU Langone Hospital

Rasik Shah, MD – Pediatric Pulmonary, Sleep Medicine

  • Location: NYU Langone Hospital

Here at NYU Winthrop Hospital, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary we have both inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences.

Our inpatient clinical experience includes consult rotations at NYU Winthrop Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis experience at NYU Hassenfeld, and chronic patients consults at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children (Bayside).

Our outpatient clinical experience includes Pediatric Pulmonary, BPD and Sleep clinics at NYU Winthrop Hospital. We also have CF clinic, Aerodigestive clinic, Primary ciliary dyskinesia clinic, and familial dysautonomia clinic at NYU Hassenfeld.

Elective Clinics – Allergy/Immunology, Radiology, ENT, and Sleep.

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.

House Staff Benefits

Housing

Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance may be provided.

Salary

Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.

2019-2020 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $68,247
PGY 2 $71,197
PGY 3 $74,272
PGY 4 $77,285
PGY 5 $80,297
PGY 6 $83,310
PGY 7 $86,323

Meals

Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria (up to $4.00 for breakfast, $4.50 for lunch and $5.90 dinner).

House Staff Lounge

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.

Vacation

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.

Conference Time

PGY 1 level residents are eligible to attend one local conference (New York Metropolitan Area), at the discretion of the Program Director. House staff at the PGY 2 level and above are eligible for one trip, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance

Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY2 and higher residents and subspecialty fellows.

TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program

The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Free parking while on duty
  • Prescription medications in the Hospital formulary…free to residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership reimbursement…up to $100 per academic year
  • An “Arts and Humanities” series… complementing your medical education with exposure to music, literature, history and fine arts
  • Graduation dinner gala

Insurance Benefits

Medical and Dental Coverage

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical, and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.

Disability Insurance

Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months). To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employees accrued sick time has been used.

The long term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.

Workers Compensation

House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.

Family and Medical Leave

In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave. FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.

Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.

Professional Liability Insurance

NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program. Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1 X the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary may not exceed $500,000).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.

Retirement Plan

A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.

Employee Health Services

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Employee Health Service. In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service practitioner is not available.

Counseling Services

Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.

Employee Assistance Program & Work/Life Assistance Program

This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:

  • Areas of assistance include: psychological, child care, elder care, daily living, legal/financial, and work-related
  • Confidential
  • No Cost
  • 24/7
  • Managing work/life dilemmas at a personal level
  • Overcoming emotional hurdles
  • Getting performance back on track
  • Immediate crisis response capability

The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world class dining, museums, and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.

Convenient access to NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop’s location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.

The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.

The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields, and a local library. The Roosevelt field mall, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.

You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.

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The Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program at NYU Winthrop Hospital has an opening for a fellowship position beginning July of every year. Our training program provides fellows with a wide variety of clinical experience in the inpatient and outpatient management of pediatric pulmonary diseases. Clinical training occurs at both NYU Winthrop Hospital and NYU Langone Hospital. NYU Winthrop Hospital site has a very active inpatient and outpatient program, a level 3 NICU, a strong asthma program, a very active teaching program and a state of the art sleep medicine center. The NYU Langone Hospital site is credited for a high quality training in flexible bronchoscopy, management of autodigestive conditions and CF program. Opportunities for procedures and research are available at both site.

Main training site is located in Long Island with easy access to New York City by train (30min ride). NYU Winthrop Hospital provides very affordable housing. The program sponsors J1 visa applications.

Potential candidates should be graduating or graduates of an ACGME accredited pediatric residency program.

Our graduates are leaders in the field of pediatric pulmonology with the majority of our graduates working in academic medicine. Due to decline in the workforce, pediatric pulmonology is a specialty with great employment opportunities in major academic centers throughout the country. Due to advancements in CF, care of BPD and new developments in the genetic testing of childhood interstitial disease, the specialty has been very dynamic.

Please contact the Program Director Melodi Pirzada, MD or the Associate Program Director, Claudia Halaby for more information.

Student Rotations

  1. U.S. Medical students
  2. International Medical students
  3. Podiatry Students

Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents and fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.

The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.

Please contact our Program Coordinator:

Kaitlyn Schickler

Email Kaitlyn

Phone: 516-663-3840

Melodi B. Pirzada, MD, FCCP
Melodi B. Pirzada, MD, FCCP, Program Director

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Kaitlyn Schickler
Academic Program Coordinator
NYU Winthrop Hospital
120 Mineola Blvd
Suite 210
Mineola, NY 11501

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