Message from the Director

Harlem Hospital Center

From the Program Director


The Department of Pediatrics, Harlem Hospital Center affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center has had a fully accredited residency program in general pediatrics since 1927. Our pediatricians serve the medically underserved communities of Central Harlem and the South Bronx.

The primary teaching location at Harlem Hospital Center, is a 400-bed, full-service, acute care teaching hospital supporting eight residency programs and is a member of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. The hospital is an area wide Burn Center, provides Level III Neonatal Intensive Care services and is a designated Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Service serving children in northern Manhattan.

We recognize that 3 years is an arbitrary time limit and that residency training is not the end of a pediatric education, but only the beginning. We have created an educational environment for residents to gain the fundamental knowledge and expertise to become the best pediatricians possible, and from there to pursue their individual giftedness in either general pediatrics or a pediatric subspecialty field. We challenge residents to become leaders and agents of change in their individual career paths as well as true child advocates.

Our philosophy is one of broad-based training with exposure to a wide variety of general and subspecialty problems in children, stressing the importance of patient involvement and ownership. Our program provides a solid curriculum in general pediatrics through inpatient, normal newborn, emergency, outpatient and community experiences. Pediatric subspecialty experiences are offered in neonatology, infectious diseases, genetics, hematology, allergy/immunology, pulmonary, dermatology, endocrinology, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, adolescent medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry, radiology, pathology and surgery, with external rotations in pediatric cardiology, neurology and intensive care at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and pediatric hematology-oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

As a department, we are dedicated to the teaching and development of our residents, who put their trust in us just as parents put their trust in our care of their children.

Sundari Periasamy, MD
Residency Program Director