Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center


About us

The mission of the pediatric critical care medicine fellowship training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is to improve the quality of life of patients while consistently demonstrating compassion for the patients and families. With a focus on leadership with integrity within the hospital and community, fellows and faculty work collaboratively to ensure optimal outcomes for every patient.

The training program provides a thorough, structured curriculum that covers all elements of pediatric critical care medicine, including clinical science, anesthesia, professionalism and leadership development, with a particular commitment to research. The training program offers a unique opportunity for fellows to perform basic science research as well at the health system’s renowned Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Cohen Children’s is one of very few on Long Island. Approximately 1500 patients are admitted annually, supporting all levels of patient care with advanced therapies including extra-corporeal life support (ECMO), renal replacement therapy (RRT), inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) and high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV). In addition, Cohen Children’s is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center on Long Island.

The fellowship training program is three-years, consisting of six fellows, two per PGY level. The division of critical care medicine has 13 full-time attending physicians with varied interest in research and other clinical programs beyond their patient care duties. These include expertise in transport medicine, educational programs, medical simulation, palliative care, quality care, sleep medicine, ECMO, and renal replacement therapies. The patients benefit from having attending and fellow level physicians present in the PICU 24 hours/day.

Cohen Children’s is the only PICU on Long Island to have a specialized nursing fellowship training program to take care of children after open-heart surgery and to provide ECMO. The PICU benefits from highly skilled nurse practitioners who are an integral part of the clinical team.

Fellows will also have vast experience caring for children after surgical sub-specialty procedures including those requiring general surgery, cardiac catheterizations and surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, ENT surgery, and complex urologic surgeries.

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship training program at Cohen Children's is excited to attract applicants of all backgrounds who are dedicated to professional and personal development in an environment full of challenges and support.

Application process

Applicants interested in the pediatric critical care training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which starts accepting applications on July 15. Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in general pediatrics is mandatory for admission to this program.

The application deadline is Oct. 31.

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.
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from program director

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

James Brandon Schneider, MD

Additional faculty

Peter Charles Silver, MD

  • Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
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Adnan Mohammed Bakar, MD

Kevin Bock, MD

Sharon P. Dial, MD

  • Head of Section of Pediatrics - Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Maria Cristina Esperanza, MD

Sandeep Gangadharan, MD

Lily Bella Glater, MD

Aaron David Kessel, MD

Charles Lawrence Schleien, MD

  • Chairman - Pediatrics of Pediatrics - Critical Care Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chairman - Pediatrics of Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital
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Linda Beth Siegel, MD

Todd Michael Sweberg, MD

Cheryl L. Taurassi, MD

Randi Trope, DO

Laura Alice Watkins, MD