Fellowship in Developmental & Behavioral Health Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

About us

Thank you for your interest in the Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) program at the Cohen Children’s Hospital Medical Center of NY, affiliated with the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. We presently are able to train three fellows at a time, with one new fellow being admitted to the program each year. Through ERAS, we are now accepting applications for the 2016 position.

As in the past, we expect the application process to be very competitive. We are seeking individuals who can make the most of spending three years in our program, who will be successful in achieving board certification in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and who will have a long, productive career practicing in and contributing to the field. All starting fellows must be board eligible or certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and, therefore, must have completed an ACGME-approved residency in Pediatrics.

Although we do accept and consider applications from individuals with J1 or H1B visas who may have attended an international medical school, one of the main goals of our training program is to increase access to developmental and behavioral pediatricians in the U.S. Applicants who provide evidence of superior communication and interpersonal skills, and who have demonstrated some academic (teaching and/or clinical research) talent will be at an advantage.

For more information about our fellowship and the environment in which you will train, please download our brochure.

All application materials should be submitted through ERAS. These should include a personal statement describing how your interest in developmental and behavioral pediatrics evolved and how you envision using your training in DBP in the future. We also request three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your residency program director and a second letter should be from another faculty mentor in your residency program. See application process for complete list of requirements.

When your application is complete, we will determine whether a personal interview will be helpful to your application. Personal interviews (one applicant per available date) will be conducted from September through November. Based on past experience, we do not expect to be able to interview all applicants.

Throughout the process, please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have at dmeryash@nshs.edu or contact our program coordinator, Marcia White, at mwhite2@nshs.edu. More information about our fellowship can be found in the attached brochure.


David L Meryash MD
Program Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Application process

Applicants interested in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in general pediatrics is mandatory for admission to this program.

We participate in the NRMP matching program. If you are applying to our program you must register for the NRMP match. In order for us to meet the NRMP deadlines, we must (through ERAS) have your complete application with all materials listed above by September 30th.

Essential application information includes:

  • Universal application
  • Personal statement
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
    • One letter should be from your residency program director. 
    • Second letter should be from another faculty mentor in your residency program
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae

Only applicants who have passed USMLE examination STEP 1 and 2 on the first attempt should apply. Only completed applications with all supporting documentation will be reviewed. 

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Our faculty

Program director

David L. Meryash, MD

Additional faculty

Andrew Robert Adesman, MD

  • Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Alyson H. Gutman, MD

Ruth Lynn Milanaik, DO

Tina Mathias Narayan, MBBS

Helen Papaioannou, MD

Ruee Huang, MD

Victoria Chen, MD

Nili Elana Major, MD

Lauren Anne Tarnok, MD