Looking Back at 2012: Thoughts from Leadership

Dear Reader:

Norman Y. Otsuka, MD
Director, Center for Children

    David S. Feldman, MD
    Chief, Division of Pediatric
    Orthopaedic Surgery

Due to the herculean work of the entire NYU Langone Medical Center staff after Hurricane Sandy, the Medical Center reopened its primary facilities and resumed all clinical services earlier this year, and the future looks brighter than ever. The Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD) played a significant role during the hurricane, remaining open throughout the storm and, during the aftermath, accommodating extended hours and offering space and resources to displaced physicians, allowing them to provide services and perform procedures not typically undertaken at HJD.

In the meantime, our pediatric orthopaedic specialists remain available 24/7 to respond to urgent pediatric injuries. The Immediate Care Center at HJD (301 East 17th Street) offers walk-in, immediate care for children with orthopaedic injuries, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. After hours, the newly opened Urgent Care Center, located in the main campus of NYU Langone Medical Center (530 First Avenue at 30th Street), offers the same compassionate care for children as is available at HJD. While the Emergency Department remains temporarily closed, the Urgent Care Center is staffed by emergency medicine physicians, nurses, and specialists who are available to treat pediatric patients with any type of injury.

For nonurgent injuries and concerns, the Center for Children offers the services of a team of specialized doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and child life specialists who focus solely on providing the highest quality care and support for our patients and families.

Caring for children with orthopaedic injuries and conditions requires specialized knowledge of their psyche and the anatomy of their bones and joints. Pediatric specialists are able to treat pediatric injuries and conditions properly, allowing for excellent, lifelong outcomes after an injury. Children are not just small adults—some injuries are more serious than similar injuries in adults, while others are quite the opposite. Treating pediatric fractures and joint injuries demands an intricate knowledge of a child’s musculoskeletal system and an understanding of a child’s unique healing potential.

At the Center for Children, we have a team of pediatric orthopaedic specialists who are dedicated to the treatment of injuries in children. Our doctors are trained in techniques that are unique to the management of pediatric injuries, ranging from the use of waterproof casts to minimally invasive surgical techniques that cause less scarring and allow for a speedier recovery.

This latest issue of the Center for Children e-News continues where the last left off, providing updates and news about our clinical services, educational programs, research and community engagement activities of our faculty and staff. We hope you enjoy the publication and we look forward to providing you with ongoing updates on our progress.


David S. Feldman, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Norman Y. Otsuka, MD
Director, Center for Children