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The Center's Team

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Physicians
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
Clinical Psychologist
Social Workers
Child Life Specialist
Creative Arts/Music Therapist
Volunteers

Because children have unique needs and special concerns – especially when they are ill – the Cancer Center for Kids is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including:
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Physicians
    All Center physicians are board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology. Their extensive clinical training and decades of experience in dealing with the entire spectrum of childhood blood disorders and cancers have enabled them to blend the most effective therapies with the personal attention children and their families need to fight cancer.

    Mark E. Weinblatt, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Director, Cancer Center for Kids

    Philip Scimeca, MD, Associate Chief

    Igal Fligman, MD

    Bill Gerba, MD

    Naomi Moskowitz-Brooks, MD

    These doctors coordinate cancer surgery with Winthrop-University Hospital's highly skilled and experienced pediatric surgeons. Each patient's referring physician is included in the treatment plan and kept up-to-date about the child's treatment and progress.

    The Center also provides supportive services from a wide range of specialists, including a pediatric radiologist, an interventional radiologist, a pediatric pathologist, a pediatric radiotherapist, a cytogeneticist, a full coagulation laboratory, and a full service blood bank.

    The Cancer Center for Kids is located in the Winthrop Pediatric Medical Center, 120 Mineola Boulevard, together with the other pediatric specialists.

  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
    The majority of the Center’s nurses are certified in the subspecialty of Pediatric Oncology (CPON) as established by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON). Their selfless dedication to the health and well-being of their patients and families reassures and comforts all those who cross our threshold.
    Sharon Coritsidis, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON, Nurse Practitioner

    Kathleen Corneliess, RN, MA, CPON

    Maria Curtis, RN, BS, CPON

    Patricia Dunne-Martin, RN, BSN

    Jennifer Himmel, RN, BSN

    Stephanie Merkis, RN, BS

    Colleen Messmer, RN, BSN, CPON

    Cathy Shimmel, RN, MA, CPON, Nurse Manager

    Linda Skelly, RN, MS, CPON

    Jacqueline Valente, RN, BSN, CPN
  • Clinical Psychologist
    The Center's clinical psychologist is trained in numerous subspecialties, including neuropsychological evaluations, cognitive remediation and rehabilitation, and pediatric critical and chronic illness.

    The psychologist assesses and meets each child's unique emotional needs, and addresses each family's special concerns through the Center’s many programs and support groups.
    Brianne Gruber, Psy.D
  • Social Worker
    The Center's licensed social worker (LSCW) co-facilitates support groups in conjunction with other members of the psychosocial team, and makes certain that each patient’s educational needs continue to be met during treatment. When necessary, the Social Worker helps alleviate some of the non-medical burdens that arise by helping families find needed financial and other supportive assistance.
    Nancy Morreale, LCSW
  • Child Life Specialist
    Through therapeutic play and developmentally age-appropriate education, the certified child life specialist (CCLS) helps alleviate fear and anxiety, making the children’s and families’ experience with illness as stress-free as possible.
    Kim Krupa, CCLS
  • Creative Arts/Music Therapist
    The Center’s licensed Creative Arts/Music Therapist engages children through the universal language of music, and encourages them to express strong emotions about their experiences, fostering a sense of control and connection with the joy in their lives.
    Glenn Schifano, LCAT, CLS

    Members of the Cancer Center for Kids Team


    Mark Weinblatt, M.D.
    Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Director, Cancer Center for Kids
    Department: Division of Hematology/Oncology
    Specialty: Hematology/Oncology
    Address: 120 Mineola Blvd., Suite 460
    Mineola, New York 11501
    Phone: (516) 663-9400
    Fax: (516) 663-9480
    Email: mweinbla@winthrop.org
    Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    American Board of Pediatrics
    Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Pediatric Residency: Bronx Municipal Hospital Center/Bronx
    Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


    Philip Scimeca, M.D.
    Associate Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Department: Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Specialty: Hematology/Oncology
    Address: 120 Mineola Blvd., Suite 460
    Mineola, New York 11501
    Phone: (516) 663-9400
    Fax: (516) 663-9480
    Email: pscimeca@winthrop.org
    Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    American Board of Pediatrics
    Medical School: Georgetown University
    Pediatric Residency: North Shore University Hospital
    Fellowship: North Shore University Hospital
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


    Igal Fligman, M.D.
    Department: Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Specialty: Hematology/Oncology
    Address: 120 Mineola Blvd., Suite 460
    Mineola, New York 11501
    Phone: (516) 663-9400
    Fax: (516) 663-9480
    Email: ifligman@winthrop.org
    Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics;
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, American
    Board of Pediatrics
    Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Pediatric Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
    Center/ New York Hospital
    Cornell Medical Center
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


    Bill Gerba, M.D.
    Department: Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Specialty: Hematology/Oncology
    Address: 120 Mineola Blvd., Suite 460
    Mineola, New York 11501
    Phone: (516) 663-9400
    Fax: (516) 663-9480
    Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics;
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, American
    Board of Pediatrics
    Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Pediatric Residency: Montefiore Hospital/Bronx
    Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
    Center/New York Hospital
    Cornell Medical Center
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


    Naomi Moskowitz-Brooks, M.D.
    Department: Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Specialty: Hematology/Oncology
    Address: 120 Mineola Blvd., Suite 460
    Mineola, New York 11501
    Phone: (516) 663-9400
    Fax: (516) 663-9480
    Email: nmoskowitz@winthrop.org
    Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics;
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, American
    Board of Pediatrics
    Medical School: Cornell University Medical College
    Pediatric Residency: New York University Medical Center
    Fellowship: New York University Medical Center
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


    Brianne Gruber, Psy.D
    Department: Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Address: 120 Mineola Blvd., Suite 460
    Mineola, New York 11501
    Phone: (516) 663-8818
    Fax: (516) 663-9480
    Email: bgruber@winthrop.org
    Education: Hofstra University
    Internship: Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital


    Sharon Coritsidis, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON
    Department: Department: Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Specialty: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner,
    Certified in Pediatric Oncology
    Address: 120 Mineola Blvd., Suite 460
    Mineola, New York 11501
    Phone: (516) 663-9400
    Fax: (516) 663-9480
    Email: sgreutker@winthrop.org
    Education: Adelphi University, BA, MA
    Molloy-New York, post-graduate
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