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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.

About NYU Winthrop

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.

Rotations in Months

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

Key Faculty

  • Melodi Prizada, MD, F.C.C.P Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Director, Pediatric Bronchoscopy, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics School of Medicine, SUNY Stonybrook
    Research Interest: Childhood asthma, bronchiolitis
  • Christina Valsamis, MD, D.A.B.S.M Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine
  • Mary Cataletto, MD, Associate Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine
    Research interests: Sleep Apnea
  • Claudia Halaby, MD., F.C.C.P Associate Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program
  • Kathy McKillop-CPNP, Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric certified asthma educator
    Research interests: compliance issues in chronically ill children
  • Leonard Krilov, MD, Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease; Director, Cardiopulmonary Research Program
  • Jeffrey Kazzaz, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Department of Medicine
    Research interests: Apoptosis
  • William Bryson-Brockman, PhD, Coordinator, Behavioral Sciences.
    Research interests: Doctor/Patient Relationships
Melodi Prizada, MD, Program Director

Contact Us

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

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