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 committed to excellence in graduate medical education. An Independent Academic Medical Center located on Long Island, NYU Winthrop’s 600-bed tertiary care hospital sponsors exceptional graduate medical education programs. The institution is proud of its 100+ years of clinical excellence.
In 2015, NYU Winthrop Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art, 95,000 square-foot Research and Academic Center. The building houses a large auditorium, many conference and classrooms, a new Simulation Center, basic science laboratories, clinical research centers, and the biostatistics department. NYU Winthrop’s inpatient and outpatient facilities offer a full range of patient care experiences. Our dedicated faculty are excellent teachers and mentors.
NYU Winthrop is clearly at the forefront of medicine:
- NYU Winthrop Hospital was named the 18th best large employer in America by Forbes Magazine in 2017
- Magnet Recognized Hospital
- NYU Winthrop Hospital is in the top 5% of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as reported by healthgrades
- Long Island’s first navigator program for cancer care
- Nationally recognized Children’s Medical Center
Best Regional Hospital in US News and World Report
- 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.
*electives may include radiology, allergy/immunology, sleep, ENT, or other rotation approved by the director
- 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
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 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.
Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.
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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, $5.40 for lunch and 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.
NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- No Cost
- 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.
- Fire Island
- The Hamptons
- Jones Beach
- Montauk Point
- Robert Moses State Park
- And many more…
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.