We Are Open!
The doctors and staff at Columbia Westside Pediatrics are here for you.
In an effort to keep us safe while continuing to provide exceptional medical care, our policies and patient flow in the office have changed, and will continue to change to meet COVID-related challenges. Please visit this site frequently for the latest updates.SCHEDULED VISITS ONLYWe will be strictly adhering to our long-standing policy of not seeing patients on a walk-in basis. All patients must have an appointment to be seen in our office. After assessing the visit type we will make a judgement as to whether telehealth or an in-person visit is preferred. We ask that if you have forms, medical record requests, medication refill requests or other housekeeping issues, that you please make every attempt to reach us by phone or electronically. See below for information about how to sign up for secure electronic communication with our office.Morning appointments are reserved for our youngest healthy patients (under 2 years old) for well care and vaccinations. The afternoon is for older patients needing vaccines. All other patients will be seen on a case-by-case basis in the late afternoon and early evening Monday through Thursday, and only after speaking directly with a physician to determine the need for an in-person visit.PREVENTING IN-OFFICE EXPOSURESAnyone entering the office must wear a mask over their mouth and nose for the entire time they are in the office. Only one adult is allowed in with each child. That adult must be healthy and fever-free. We will take temperatures of all people entering the office and you will be denied access if you are found to have a fever.5 MINUTE GRACE PERIOD FOR ARRIVALSPlease arrive on time for your appointment. If you are early, please do not attempt to enter the office. In order to guarantee that you and your child are not exposed to others, we are enforcing a 5 minute grace period for late arrival. If you are more than 5 minutes late, please call the office so that your child can be rescheduled.Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Please stay safe and healthy. We miss you all and hope we can see you soon, safely.- The Doctors and Staff at Columbia Westside.
UPDATE ON IN-OFFICE COVID TESTING
As of July 2020, there are not enough supplies in the medical center - neither in our offices nor at the main hospital - to perform screening tests for asymptomatic children who need 'clearance' for things like planned travel, schools and camps. Our limited supplies are restricted to sick children whose symptoms merit testing, and a clinician assessment is required before scheduling. We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience, as we cannot make exceptions to this policy. We need to preserve our existing supplies for sick patients.There are ways to get tests if you are not currently sick. New York City and New York State are increasing local testing options, often free of charge. For more information:call 311 or 1-844-NYC-4NYCnew free testing spot is at 160 West 100th Street (NYC Dept. of Health building across the street from the 24th precinct)EXPRESS TESTING SITES:https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-rapid-testing.page?fbclid=IwAR3rm7RjLJU-LKJv0TOxL9wQlcj7lnDKi7chr4Pb15ZRfNwfll2TIa51WpAThank you for your understanding. We remain deeply committed to your children and their health and well-being.SincerelyThe physicians and staff at Columbia West Side PediatricsGeneral information about Coronavirus and Testing:
New York Presbyterian Hospital Hotline: 646-697-4000
Columbia University Irving Medical Center information pages: https://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/coronavirus-resource-center
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/testing-overview.html
Educational resources for children:
- What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus: An Original Comic : Goats and Soda : NPR
- Sesame Street Town Hall: https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2020/04/25/entire-cnn-sesame-street-coronavirus-town-hall-part-6-vpx.cnn
EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2020: SIGN UP FOR OUR NEW PATIENT PORTAL, 'CONNECT'
When Columbia University Medical Center rolls out the new Epic electronic health record, our office will join all of Columbia, Cornell and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital network on a single, unified system.
Patient access can be established at https://www.myconnectnyc.org/MyChart/ or in person at your next appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: FollowMyHealth will be retired as of February 1, 2020. You will still be able to access information but our office will no longer be connected.
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.