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Developmental Medicine



CHAM_DevelopmentalMed_2013_10-46The Division of Developmental Medicine provides compassionate care for children and adolescents facing developmental, learning and behavioral challenges while offering parents the peace of mind that comes with knowing their child is receiving the most advanced treatment available. Our team of more than 60 faculty members and 40 professional staff members leads the nation in diagnosing and treating developmental disabilities and related behavioral disorders.

Your child is in good hands. As part of an esteemed a research center—all of our services are provided at the Children’s Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine —we pursue innovative approaches from the forefront of medical science and provide cutting-edge treatments. One of the largest centers of its kind in the United States, CERC is a voluntary, nonsectarian agency whose services are essential components of the care available in New York City and New York State to all individuals with developmental disabilities. Our developmental-behavioral pediatricians enjoy a wealth of resources and services to help our patients stay healthy and happy.


Elisa I. Muñiz, MD, MS

The Developmental Medicine team includes pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialists, child psychiatrists, speech pathologists, physical therapists, educational professionals, child psychologists and more. The team works together to provide world-class care for you and your family.

Elisa I. Muñiz, MD, MS

Interim Chief, Developmental Medicine
Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Developmental Medicine)


With more than 100 dedicated professionals, including physicians, psychologists and researchers, the Developmental Medicine team is one of the most diverse, deep and experienced in the nation. Our medical experts and other specialists treat a wide range of issues, including autism; cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders; intellectual disabilities; language, learning and behavioral disorders; and more. All of our developmental-behavioral pediatricians work collaboratively as part of a team that spans CHAM and includes:

  • Pediatric neurologists
  • Physiatrists (pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialists)
  • Psychiatrists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists)
  • Dentists
  • Psychologists
  • Learning disabilities specialists
  • Special education instructors
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Social workers
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational and physical therapists
  • Audiologists
  • Nutritionists
  • Geneticists
  • Genetic counselors

We all work together to provide world-class care for you and your family, while collaborating with a range of programs designed to meet the needs of your entire family. As part of the CHAM experience, you also gain access to our:

Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center
The Center for Excellence in Autism at CHAM
The Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program
The Suzanne Pincus Family Learning Place


Education & Training


We offer a three-year fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP). The curriculum provides rich clinical, research, teaching and advocacy experiences, including training in all aspects of DBP, meeting requirements for subspecialty certification in DBP. Our program serves a diverse multicultural population and is supported by a large, interdisciplinary faculty. We are extremely proud of our graduates’ distinguished leadership and achievement over the past 45 years.





ThinkstockPhotos-78724085_316x210Our new clinical research initiative uses the bountiful basic science research resources at Albert Einstein College of Medicine to investigate the genetic, neurologic, physiologic and environmental causes of autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities. By identifying the biological bases of these conditions, we hope to be able to find a cure—a treatment that will allow us to free our patients from the disabilities that adversely affect their lives.

A variety of clinical and scientific studies are currently ongoing. Included among these are clinical investigations in the early diagnosis of autism and other developmentally disabling conditions, hearing problems, genetic and electrophysiologic studies, and more. Other studies are being carried out in the areas of physical rehabilitation, speech, hearing and language development, learning disabilities, developmental dental defects, high-risk infant follow-up, social and behavioral adjustment and treatment of hyperactive children, or adolescents, and their families.

Specializing in intellectual and developmental disabilities in children and adolescents, the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) serves as our central hub of research labs and patient clinics. Sophie Molholm, PhD, research director of the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC), directs the
IDDRC's Human Clinical Phenotyping Core, which recruits and characterizes participants for Einstein studies and maintains a large database of potential research participants.

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