Columbia West Side Pediatrics

An office of ColumbiaDoctors Faculty Practice Pediatrics

212.304.5800 

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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 ONLY
We 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 Connect for secure electronic communication with our office.
 
Morning and early afternoon appointments are reserved for well care and vaccinations. Sick visits for acute illness are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening daily, and only after speaking directly to the call center or front desk.  This policy is designed to keep you, your family, your fellow patients, and our staff safe and healthy.


PREVENTING IN-OFFICE EXPOSURES
Anyone entering the office must wear a mask over their mouth and nose for the entire time they are in the office. All accompanying caregivers 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 ARRIVALS
Please 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.
 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: FOR THE MONTH OF JULY THERE WILL BE NO EVENING SESSIONS.  THE OFFICE WILL CLOSE AT 4PM DAILY.


UPDATE ON IN-OFFICE COVID TESTING

We offer a limited number of asymptomatic PCR testing appointments daily; results are available in 24-48 hours.  Please call our front desk to schedule.  In addition, there are now many convenient ways to get tests close to your home, often free of charge.  For more information, call 311 or 1-844-NYC-4NYC, or visit the sites below:
 

Private companies offering testing include CityMD, Northwell Health, CureMD, Cornell and Mt Sinai Medical Centers, and StatCare, among others.

 
General information about Coronavirus and Testing:

New York Presbyterian Hospital Hotline646-697-4000

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     
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

  

 


PLEASE SIGN UP FOR OUR SECURE PATIENT PORTAL, 'CONNECT'
Now that we are live on the Epic electronic health record, our office has joined 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 was retired as of February 1, 2020.  You will still be able to access information but our office is no longer connected.

CHANGES IN THE PRACTICE:

DR SHAMSIAN HAS MOVED TO CALIFORNIA, AND DR MOUREAUX HAS RETIRED

DR CECILIA MO STARTS ON AUGUST 1ST

 

We have bittersweet news: as of June 1st, Dr Shamsian is no longer with the practice as she has moved to California.  We wish her all the best in her new endeavors and will miss her.

Dr Moureaux retired as of June 30th, after 18 years of practice here at West Side Pediatrics.  We are very sad to see her go but know that she will make the most of this new chapter in her life.

Please join us in welcoming Dr Cecila Mo, a recent graduate of our own Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, the teaching hospital of Columbia University Irving Medical Center.  She starts August 1st, and appointments can be booked by calling our front desk.  Welcome, Dr Mo!

For patients who have seen Dr Shamsian and Dr Moureaux over the years, any of the doctors is available for your questions and appointment needs.  Reach out any time.

BREASTFEEDING CONSULTS WITH DR MELISSA GLASSMAN 

Dr. Melissa Glassman is excited to be returning for in-person breastfeeding consultations at our Westside Pediatrics office, where she will again 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.