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Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

The mission of the pediatric critical care medicine fellowship training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is to improve our patients’ health and quality of life, with compassion and professionalism that also extends to the family as a whole. With a focus on leadership and integrity within the hospital and community, fellows and faculty work collaboratively to ensure optimal outcomes for every patient.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Cohen Children’s is one of very few on Long Island. Over 2400 patients are admitted annually, supporting all levels of patient care with advanced therapies including extra-corporeal life support (ECMO), renal replacement therapy (RRT), inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) and high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV). In addition, Cohen Children’s has been approved as an American College of Surgeons Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. The PICU at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the only one on Long Island to have a specialized nursing fellowship training program to better care for children who have had open-heart surgery or are being supported with ECMO. The PICU also benefits from highly skilled nurse practitioners who are an integral part of the clinical team.

The fellowship training program is three-years, consisting of seven fellows. The division of critical care medicine is comprised of 17 board certified attending physicians with varied interest in research and other clinical programs beyond their patient care duties. These include expertise in transport medicine, educational programs, medical simulation, palliative care, healthcare quality, sleep medicine, ECMO, renal replacement therapies, and information technology. The patients benefit from having attending and fellow level physicians present in the PICU 24 hours/day.

Fellows will have vast clinical experience caring for children who are critically ill secondary to advanced medical illness, respiratory failure, shock, sepsis and multiple organ dysfunction. Additionally, fellows will be exposed to, and help care for patients after surgical sub-specialty procedures including those related to general surgery, cardiac catheterizations and surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, urology, and kidney transplants.

The training program provides a thorough, structured curriculum that covers all elements of pediatric critical care medicine, including clinical science, anesthesia, professionalism, leadership development, and research development. The training program offers the opportunity for fellows to perform clinical or translational research within a busy children’s hospital, or basic science research at the health system’s renowned Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship training program at Cohen Children's is excited to attract applicants of all backgrounds who are dedicated to professional and personal development in an environment full of challenges and support.


Cohen Children’s is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to meet the special needs of children, from premature babies to adolescents.

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Application process

Applicants interested in the pediatric critical care training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which starts accepting applications on July 15. Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in general pediatrics is mandatory for admission to this program.

The application deadline is Oct. 31.

Only completed applications with all supporting documentation will be reviewed. Essential application information includes:

  • Universal application
  • Personal statement
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from program director

Faculty

Program director

Aaron David Kessel, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics

Additional faculty

James Brandon Schneider, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics

Peter Charles Silver, MD

Medical Director - Cohen Children's Medical Center

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics

Adnan Mohammed Bakar, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics

Kevin Raymond Bock, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine

Sharon Padmini Dial, MD

Head of Section of Pediatrics - Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics, Hospice / Palliative Medicine

Maria Cristina Esperanza, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics

Lily Bella Glater, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med

Charles Lawrence Schleien, MD

Chairman - Pediatrics of Pediatrics - Critical Care Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Executive Director of Pediatrics - Critical Care Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chairman - Pediatrics of Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Med

Linda Beth Siegel, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics, Hospice / Palliative Medicine

Todd Michael Sweberg, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med

Cheryl L. Taurassi, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics

Randi Trope, DO

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics

Ariel Ben Zion Brandwein, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics

Matthew David Taylor, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care Med, Pediatrics