Medical Student Concentration Program

The NYU School of Medicine’s "Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21)" allows students to customize their educations by engaging in scholarly projects designed to build in-depth knowledge in an area of interest, provide structured mentorship, encourage self-directed and collaborative learning, and enhance critical thinking skills. This new opportunity is called a Concentration.

The Department of Pediatrics offers students the opportunity to complete a pediatric-focused concentration in basic, clinical or translational research as well as global health, health disparities, advocacy, medical education and quality outcomes and patient safety. The concentration is a 12 week experience that may include a combination of research and clinical activities, with clinical activities either integrated into the 12 week experience or as a separate but related four week clinical rotation. The decision as to how to configure the 12 week block will be arrived at through discussions with the proposed mentor(s) and will depend on the nature of the scholarly project.

Opportunities for Research and Scholarship in Pediatrics

Specific topics that have been identified as available now are listed in the table below. Additional projects outside these areas are also possible. A faculty member from each division in pediatrics has been identified who is available to meet with students to discuss potential projects within their pediatric specialty. Students who are interested in a concentration in pediatrics but would like more guidance in choosing an appropriate project/mentor should contact Dr. Howard Trachtman or Dr. Bina Shah.

Pediatric Cardiology

Colin Phoon, MPhil, MD Non-invasive imaging:fetal & pediatric echocardiography, Mitochondrial biology in heart development; Barth syndrome, Cardiology physiology & morphology in the developing heart, History of medicine  
View Dr. Phoon's bio

Achi Ludomirsky, MD
Imaging in congenital heart disease 
View Dr. Ludomirsky's bio

Puneet Bhatla, MD
Advanced imaging in pediatric cardiology 
View Dr. Bhatla's bio

Gillian Henry, MBBS  
Quality improvement, Health-related quality of life, Education
View Dr. Henry's bio

To read more about research in the Dept of Pediatric Cardiology please visit the pediatric cardiology research webpage.
Contact for Pediatric Cardiology: Dr. Colin Phoon 

Pediatric Critical Care

Laura Santos, MD 
View Dr. Santos's bio

To read more about research in the Dept of Pediatric Critical Care please visit the pediatric critical care research webpage

Contact for Pediatric Critical Care: Dr. Laura Santos

Pediatric Endocrinology

Brenda Kohn, MD Neuroendocrinology, Brown fat metabolism in obesity, Measurement of salivary cortisol and to correlate with serum levels, Panhypopituitarism, Diabetes Insipidus 
View Dr. Kohn's bio

Raphael David, MD Puberty, Mini puberty, Disorders of sexual differentiation, Congenital Hypothyroidism
View Dr. David's bio

Bina Shah, MD Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Pubertal induction with transdermal hormones, Ovarian and adrenal ultrasound, Turner syndrome, Thyroid disorders
View Dr. Shah's bio

Bonita Franklin, MD Pediatric Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis related diabetes, Metabolic syndrome, Insulin resistance
View Dr. Franklin's bio

Preneet Brar, MD Insulin resistance and cardiovascular changes, Vitamin D and insulin resistance, Metabolic syndrome, Markers of insulin resistance and beta cell reserve 
View Dr. Preneet Brar's bio

To read more about research in the Dept of Pediatric Endocrinology please visit the pediatric endocrinology research webpage

Contact for Pediatric Endocrinology: Dr. Bina Shah

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Jeremiah Levine, MD  The impact of gastroesophageal reflux and aspiration on airway inflammation and microbiome in children, Environmental chemicals and the development of intestinal autoimmune disease 
View Dr. Levine's bio

To read more about research in the Dept of Pediatric Gastroenterology please visit the pediatric gastroenterology research webpage.

Contact for Pediatric Gastroenterology: Dr. Jeremiah Levine

Clinical Genetics

John Pappas, MD  View Dr. Pappas's bio
Contact for Clinical Genetics: Dr. John Pappas 

General Pediatrics and Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Benard Dreyer, MD    Child poverty / advocacy 
Dr. Dreyer speaks about childhood poverty     View Dr. Dreyer's bio

Arthur Fierman, MD    General pediatrics, school health, immigrant health  
View Dr. Fierman's bio

Gabrielle Gold Von-Simson, MD    Drug development, clinical trials with the potential to rotate at big pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer) and enroll in related courses. 
View Dr. Gold Von-Simson's bio    View the Drug Discovery and Development Program webpage
Download a PDF of the Drug Development Syllabus    
Download a PDF of the NYU SOM Elective Template
Download a PDF of the Molecular Signaling and Drug Development Syllabus

Alan Mendelsohn, MD    Parenting, home environment, early child development and school readiness   
Read about the Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy, and Education Success   
View the StimQ Cognitive Home Environment webpage

Mary Jo Messito, MD    Obesity prevention     
View Dr. Messito's bio

Cynthia Osman, MD    Advocacy / medical education     
View Dr. Osman's bio

Rebecca Rosenberg, MD Patient family engagement, pediatric postoperative management, quality and safety   
View Dr. Rosenberg's bio

Suzy Tomopoulos, MD    Impacts of media exposure on child development 
View Dr. Tomopoulos's bio

Leo Trasande, MD    Environmental chemicals, childhood obesity, health economics, health policy
View Dr. Trasande's bio

Michael Weitzman, MD  Primary & data collection regarding hookahs & e-cigarettes (surveys, air collection in hookah bars, & cardiopulmonary changes in those actively & passively exposed as well as hookah bar workers, Secondary analyses of adverse effects of alcohol vs marijuana, Predictors of sensorineural hearing loss in children & its effects (mild) on child neurocognition, Parental diabetes, depression & child mental health, Obesity & inflammatory changes, Specific lipid changes associated with obesity 
View Dr. Weitzman's bio

Shonna Yin, MD    Health literacy, medication safety, chronic disease management   
View Dr. Yin's bio

Contact for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: Dr Alan Mendelsohn

Contact for General Pediatrics: Dr Shonna Yin 

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Elizabeth Roman, MD  Hemoglobinopathy, thalassemia, cytopenias, bone marrow failure, hemophilia, thrombosis   
View Dr. Roman's bio and faculty profile.

To read more about research in the Dept of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology please visit the pediatric hematology/oncology webpage.

Contact for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Dr. Elizabeth Roman

Pediatric Infectious Disease

William Borkowsky, MD Our research focuses on the host-parasite relationship of both human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C, including transmission, pathogenesis, the effect of the virus-specific immune response, escape from this response, and the effects of treatment interventions, in children and their parents. View Dr. Borkowsky's bio

To read more about research in the Dept of Pediatric Infectious Disease please visit the pediatric infectious disease research webpage

Contact for Infectious Disease: Dr. William Borkowsky

Pediatric Nephrology

Howard Trachtman, MD Effect of environmental chemical on renal and vascular function, Prospective cohort study of patients with primary glomerular disease (CureGN)
View Dr. Trachtman's bio

Laura Malaga-Dieguez, MD Prospective observational study of urinary biomarkers in Alport Syndrome, Prospective cohort study of patients with primary glomerular disease (CureGN)
View Dr. Malaga-Dieguez's bio

To read more about research in the Dept of Pediatric Nephrology please visit the pediatric nephrology research webpage

Contact for Pediatric Nephrology: Dr. Howard Trachtman


Sean Bailey, MD   
View Dr. Bailey's bio
To read more about research in the Dept of Neonatology please visit the neonatology research page
Contact for Neonatology: Dr. Sean Bailey

Pediatric Neurology

John Wells, MD  
View Dr. Wells' bio
Contact for Pediatric Neurology: Dr. John Wells

Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

Mikhail Kazachkov, MD  Chronic cough in children and its relationship with GER and aspiration, Ethical issues related to medical care to neurologically impaired children with respiratory problems 
View Dr. Kazachkov's bio
Contact for Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine: Dr. Mikhail Kazachkov

Engaging Mentors

Students interested in a specific topic listed above should contact the faculty member directly by e-mail to request a meeting to discuss a suitable project. Students who would like more guidance in selecting a project may either email the designated contact for a specific division of interest or email Dr. Howard Trachtman or Dr. Bina Shah for more general guidance. Once a mentor and project are selected, the mentor and the student will fill in the “Concentration Project Form”, which includes a brief description of the project and an attestation of mentoring commitment from the mentor. The student will forward the signed form to the Office of Medical Education. The Department recommends that students finalize their plans a minimum of 1 month prior to the start date of the Concentration project. Students understand that the mentor may require prerequisites, such as readings from the literature or online modules related to the project. Students should also be aware that mentors may require attendance at division meetings, journal clubs, seminars and other departmental activities related to the project.


At the end of the concentration period, students are required to prepare a scholarly product decided upon by the mentor and student prior to beginning the concentration. The scholarly product may include but is not limited to a research paper, review of the literature, oral presentation, position paper, or poster presentation. All students completing a concentration in pediatrics will be expected to present their work to faculty and residents in the department during a Medical Student Pediatric Concentration symposium in the spring before graduation. A copy of the scholarly product will also be uploaded by the student to his/her e-portfolio and forwarded to the Office of Medical Education as evidence of completion of the concentration. Grading of the “Concentration” program activities is PASS/FAIL. The mentor will determine the student’s grade after the final scholarly product is submitted. Completion of scholarly products is due by March 31st.