Message from the Chairman


Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at Stony Brook Medicine.

For decades, the Department of Pediatrics at Stony Brook Medicine has been committed to providing outstanding pediatric care for infants, children and adolescents, carrying out cutting edge research to advance children’s health and educating the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. Building upon this strong tradition and to better meet the needs of our region, two years ago we announced the launch of Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital.  

As the first and only children’s hospital in Suffolk County, Stony Brook Children’s ensures that children and families have access to state-of-the-art pediatric services close to home. Currently, we have more than 140 pediatric trained physicians specializing in 30 pediatric specialties, which means that we have the expertise to handle just about any type of medical condition affecting kids, from the typical bumps and bruises of childhood to the most complex diagnoses including cancer treatment, organ transplant and trauma. As the home of a Level III NICU, Pediatric Trauma Center and Intensive Care Unit, Burn Unit, inpatient pediatric psychiatric unit and oncology service we take care of the sickest patients in our region. 

Recent investments in our clinical programs include a new state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department; a new pediatric cardiology imaging laboratory; a pulmonary function laboratory; the largest minimally invasive surgery program for children in Suffolk County; a highly specialized pediatric anesthesiology team; adolescent psychiatry and so much more.  

Stony Brook Medicine is also in the midst of remarkable expansion including the planning for two new building on our campus, a translational research tower and a clinical tower that will become the new home for Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital. This tower, slated to be completed in 2016, will house the pediatric inpatient areas including separate units for oncology, adolescent and intensive care, as well as the general pediatrics unit, and pediatric procedure suite.  Understanding that children are not small adults, and their care must reflect their unique physical, emotional and developmental needs from infancy through adolescence, this new hospital is being designed with children and their families in mind.

In addition to our commitment to clinical care, an essential mission of Stony Brook Children’s is to train the next generation of doctors.  Our outstanding medical school attracts the brightest students in the country, and our residency and fellowship programs offer superb opportunities for training and career development.  We also are committed to advancing the study and practice of children’s medicine and have devoted significant resources to research and the recruitment of highly talented physician scientists. 

I invite you to learn more about how the Department of Pediatrics at Stony Brook Medicine makes a different in the health and well-being of children. Welcome.


Margaret M. McGovern, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Department of PediatricsStony Brook University School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief, Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital




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