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OUR EXPERTISE

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Childhood emergencies require special expertise and comprehensive care. Children are not just small adults. They react differently to pain and have differences in disease process, anatomy, physiology and psychology from those of an adult patient. We understand these crucial differences and utilize a collaborative approach to provide the highest level of quality care.

The Pediatric Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) is one of the busiest pediatric emergency departments in the Northeast, caring for approximately 60,000 children each year. Our faculty is one of the largest groups of fellowship-trained and sub-board-certified emergency medicine physicians on the East Coast. Our attending physicians are present in the Emergency Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Patient care is provided by members of the pediatric and emergency medicine house staff under the supervision of primarily full-time Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty. We are dedicated to providing safe and immediate services to ill and injured children, from infants to adolescents.

OUR TEAM

Jeffrey R. Avner, MD

Our experienced and compassionate providers are specifically trained to deal with childhood emergencies. The CHAM Emergency Department is often the first healthcare experience for a sick child.

Jeffrey R. Avner, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) 

 

SERVICES & PROGRAMS

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When your child is sick or injured, it can be difficult to know where to take him or her for care. If your child’s problem is not life-threatening but you need to see a doctor immediately, please visit one of our urgent care centers. Doctors at an urgent care center can help if your child has a cold, flu, earache, sore throat, rash, sprains or any other minor childhood illness.

Children with serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses should be taken immediately to the Emergency Department. Any time your child has difficulty breathing, looks very ill, is irritable or lethargic, or “just doesn’t seem right,” you should utilize our pediatric emergency service. 

A child should be brought to the Emergency Department immediately if he or she:

  • Has heavy or uncontrollable bleeding
  • Is having a severe Asthma attack
  • Has a broken bone
  • Has a possible head, neck or spine injury
  • Coughing blood
  • Is experiencing seizure
  • Has a blunt or penetrating eye injury
  • Has a severe
  • Has a head injury with vomiting, confusion, extreme tiredness or lack of consciousness

If your child has a possible poisoning and is not responding normally or is having difficulty breathing, call the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) for expert help and advice.

For more information on when to bring your child to the Emergency Department, go here for a detailed listing. 

 

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RESEARCH

CHAM_Portraits_WrightKids_2012_06_010_316x210Although the primary mission of the CHAM Pediatric Emergency Department is to provide a safety net for poor and unaffiliated children who may otherwise have no access to healthcare, the Department is also deeply committed to answering clinically relevant questions through a focus on translational and clinical research. Our team has published original studies, review articles, chapters and abstracts on a variety of topics.

 

 

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EDUCATION & TRAINING

Emergency Medicine fellow Dina Daswani, MDThe Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. The Division’s inspired faculty boast a diverse range of interests. Our goal is to teach and mentor the next generation of leaders in emergency pediatrics. Fellows are provided with intensive, hands-on training in a variety of clinical areas, participate in research and teaching, and develop the skills necessary for administration. Through comprehensive instruction, seminars, conferences and more, fellows will become clinically proficient in the medical, surgical and behavioral aspects of emergency pediatrics.

Emergency Medicine CHAM fellow Dina Daswani, MD, receives a national Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) award for research. 


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