PLEASE WELCOME DR DEBORAH SHAMSIAN!
Effective August 1, 2019, Dr. Deborah Shamsian joins our group as an attending physician at the ColumbiaDoctors West 86th Street and Midtown Practice locations, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Shamsian received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and medical degree from the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency at the University of California, Irvine - Children’s Hospital of Orange County. As a clinician and educator, Dr. Shamsian is passionate about mentorship and community collaborations. She enjoys building relationships with her patients and their families and is dedicated to primary care with an emphasis on preventative medicine to enable individuals to grow and thrive. Dr. Shamsian resides in Manhattan and is fluent in Farsi and conversant in Spanish.
Dr Shamsian will be accepting general pediatrics patients of all ages.
BREASTFEEDING CONSULTS WITH DR MELISSA GLASSMAN NOW AVAILABLE!
Dr. Melissa Glassman is excited to be joining Westside Pediatrics where she will be providing appointments for breastfeeding evaluation and support for Westside Pediatrics patients and their families. After medical school at Yale, she completed her pediatrics residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and a Primary Care Clinician Research Fellowship in Urban Community Health at Columbia. She is the founder and medical director of the New York Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network’s Newborn Clinic and of the Breastfeeding Support Program at Newborn Clinic located at the Medical Center.
Dr. Glassman is passionate about newborn care and supporting families during the early, days and weeks at home after leaving the nursery. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and works closely with breastfeeding mothers and their newborns during their visits with her in Newborn Clinic. She is an active member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, serving on their abstract review committee, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding. She is part of the NYP-Columbia Core Leadership Team of the Breastfeeding Hospital Collaborative, the NYC Department of Health-sponsored program through which the hospital is working to achieve Baby Friendly Designation. We are thrilled to have her bring her expertise in breastfeeding medicine to our practice.
NOW AVAILABLE: ENDOCRINOLOGY SPECIALIST, DR VIDHU THAKER
This year, Dr Vidhu Thaker joined us part time to see patients with endocrine concerns.
Dr Thaker is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. After her medical training in Mumbai, India, she completed residency at Jacobi Medical Center at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University. She cares for patients with endocrine diseases, and her NIH-funded research is focused on genetic influences on severe childhood obesity, especially rare genes, genetic influences on eating patterns and longitudinal changes in body mass index. She enjoys biking, traveling and playing with her 2 children and extended family.
Dr Thaker sees patients with weight-related endocrine disorders as well as general pediatrics concerns.