About Nemours

Nemours is a leading pediatric health care system focused on superior outcomes and family-centered care. Our goal: To treat every child as we would our own — to help each reach their full potential. Learn More »

Health Care Accolades

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is recognized by HIMSS Analytics with its Stage 7 Award.

Nemours also received the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for helping pioneer the use of electronic medical records in pediatric health.

152 Nemours physicians are ranked among the Best Doctors in America® for 2011-2012 by Best Doctors®, Inc.

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Our Clinical Divisions

Department of Pediatrics in Delaware Valley

Get detailed information about each of our divisions, areas of expertise, and clinical teams (division chiefs, physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses and registered nurses).

 
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology


Division of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

About Our Staff

At Nemours, we believe that allergy, asthma or immunology conditions shouldn't slow a child down. Our highly trained and experienced team is dedicated to diagnosing and treating all types of allergic and immune system conditions in children, from hay fever to food allergies, to asthma and immunodeficiencies.

Our comprehensive care may include skin testing, patch testing and food challenges, along with lab work, pulmonary function testing and other diagnostic evaluations. Our goal is to determine the cause of the problem, relieve symptoms quickly and give parents the tools they need to manage their child’s condition at home.

Members of our Division of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., are board-certified and fellowship-trained. Our specially trained allergy nurses and respiratory therapists also are available to provide educational support and assist families with treatments and devices they may need.

To provide a long-term management plan tailored to each child's individual needs, our team works closely with:
  • pulmonologists
  • otolaryngologists
  • gastroenterologists
  • infectious disease specialists
  • primary care physicians and others

Outcomes

We're committed to minimizing hospital readmissions for asthma. Learn More »

Division Chief
Physician
  • Dr. Stephen J. McGeady
Physician Assistants
  • Jennifer Ness
  • Zhen Pan
Registered Nurse
  • Sheelagh Stewart

Our Medical Services
 
Behavioral Health


Division of Behavioral Health

Outpatient Psychology Programs

Individual and Family Therapy

Our clinical staff members provide therapy services to patients with acute and chronic medical illnesses, often in collaboration with the medical care team. Referrals for treatment are provided by the medical specialists. Individual and family therapy is provided to address issues related to adherence to medical treatment, coping with illness and individual and family functioning.

Areas of specialization include:

  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • asthma
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • eating disorders
  • sickle cell disease
  • feeding disorders
  • cardiac conditions
  • pain management
Behavior Consultation Clinic

This clinic is designed to provide short-term services for parents and children from birth to six years for a wide range of behavioral and developmental concerns such as:

  • parent-child conflict
  • sleep problems
  • toileting concerns
  • daycare difficulties
  • noncompliance
  • sibling rivalry
Parent Child Conduct Clinic

Group treatment is provided to help parents learn about ADHD and address common behavioral concerns associated with ADHD, such as noncompliance and aggression. Children attend a social skills group to facilitate better peer relationships and learn self-control skills.

Primary Care Consultation 

Clinical staff members are co-located in five Nemours Pediatrics primary care offices to provide on-site consultation with providers and patients of the practice. Services consist of diagnostic consultation, brief treatment and referral to patients referred by the primary care providers.

Evaluation Services

Comprehensive assessments are conducted to provide clinical diagnosis and individual recommendations for patients with complex presentations.  Evaluation services include:

  • early childhood evaluations
  • clinical child evaluations
  • ADHD evaluations
  • neurodevelopmental evaluations
  • adolescent personality evaluations

Outpatient Psychiatry Programs

Pediatric Consultation Clinic

This clinic is available as a resource to primary care physicians including pediatricians and family practice physicians for their patients who they will continue to manage in their practices. This service includes a diagnostic evaluation with treatment recommendations provided to the referring physician. A referral for this service is required directly from the primary care physician.

Outpatient Psychiatric Care

This service includes evaluation and medication management for children and adolescents who are actively engaged in psychological therapy within the Behavioral Health division. A referral for this service is required directly from psychology.


Inpatient Programs

Psychology and psychiatry both perform inpatient consultation and liaison services at the request of the inpatient care team for patients admitted to the hospital for medical and/or surgical care. This service typically includes consultation to the patient’s care team, assessment of emotional and behavioral concerns and potential need for treatment including psychological therapy and/or psychiatric medication, and short-term psychological and/or psychiatric treatment during the patient’s hospital stay.


Research

In addition to patient care, our division is actively involved in research. Many of our research efforts are related to chronic illness and are often involve collaboration with other medical disciplines.

Areas of current research include:

Education

Training is an integral facet of our division, with training opportunities at the graduate and postgraduate level. Training programs are highly competitive and include candidates from top-ranked universities.

Psychology Fellowship

The psychology fellowship program offers postdoctoral training in clinical and pediatric psychology to individuals who have completed a doctoral degree in psychology including a clinical internship.

 
Dermatology


Division of Dermatology

About Us

A partnership of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, the Jefferson Pediatric Dermatology Center offers comprehensive care for both routine and uncommon conditions of the skin, hair and nails. Children from birth through adolescence can seek care for both acquired and genetic conditions.

We're proud to function as one of only two academic pediatric dermatology centers in the city of Philadelphia and receive referrals from across the tri-state area. Outpatient services are provided at our Center City, Philadelphia campus and at duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

Division Chief
Physician
Registered Nurse
  • Wendla Kutz

Our Medical Service
 
Developmental Medicine


Division of Developmental Medicine

About Our Division

The Division of Developmental Pediatrics at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., provides diagnostic evaluation, treatment plans and therapy for infants, preschoolers and school-age children, who may have a wide variety of developmental or behavioral problems. Our emphasis is on the evaluation of the child from infancy to age 6, but older children may be accepted as well.

We provide excellent care that places the patient and family at the center, and we believe that communication is central to the process. We strive to treat every child as we would our own and to bring peace of mind to patients and their families.


About Our Team

Our developmental pediatricians are fellowship trained in general pediatrics, neuro-developmental disabilities and developmental and behavioral medicine. We evaluate neurologic, genetic and general medical factors affecting children’s development. In addition, our medical staff screens children for age-appropriate developmental levels and psychosocial factors that may contribute to the presenting problem. The medical staff may recommend further, in-depth multidisciplinary evaluation, if indicated.

Our caregivers use an integrated medical record that unifies patient care across specialties and locations and prompts caregivers to consider best practices gained from Nemours' experience and academic literature. We also emphasize primary physician involvement in patient’s long-term care and work closely with the Divisions of Neurology, Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation Medicine.


Treatment

Recommended treatment may include:
  • supportive counseling and anticipatory guidance
  • medical treatment of specific developmental problems
  • follow-up monitoring of developmental progress

A trans-disciplinary feeding and swallowing disorders program is also uniquely able to evaluate children with dysphagia.

 
Diagnostic Referral


Division of Diagnostic Referral

About Our Division

The Nemours Diagnostic Referral Service is a hospital-based general pediatric practice available for the evaluation and treatment of children. Our emphasis is on difficult diagnoses and the coordination of services for children with multiple complex medical issues. We also participate in providing pre- and post-operative care for children undergoing liver transplants.

Our specialists see patients referred from primary care doctors, the Emergency Department and other subspecialty areas. Each evaluation generally includes an initial detailed assessment as well as laboratory and imaging studies, if necessary. All findings and recommendations will be communicated to the child’s primary care physician or referring doctor. If the child would benefit from the expertise of additional Nemours subspecialists, we will make that referral as well.

 
Emergency Medicine


Division of Emergency Medicine

About Our Division

The Division of Emergency Medicine at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., is fully equipped to handle any kind of pediatric emergency in children from birth to age 18. Our Emergency Department (ED) offers the unique advantage of being seamlessly integrated with Delaware’s only designated Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. With rapid-response services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we care for children with serious illnesses or injuries from throughout the tri-state area and beyond.


Our Facility

As a Level II Trauma Center (as designated by the American College of Surgeons), duPont Hospital for Children meets strict requirements for:

  • staffing
  • availability of specialists
  • response times
  • training
  • quality benchmarks
  • community education
Our Emergency Department (ED) includes:
  • Fast Track unit, open 16 hours a day to care for children with minor injuries and illnesses.
  • Observation unit, to provide close monitoring for children with illnesses that require prolonged care, but are expected to resolve in less than 24 hours.

Our Staff

Our experienced team, which sees nearly 50,000 patients per year, includes:

  • attending physicians (board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine)
  • fellows
  • physician assistants
  • registered nurses
  • advanced practice nurses
  • respiratory therapists
  • social workers
  • child life specialists

Nemours ED physicians and staff also have access to numerous pediatric subspecialists 24 hours a day throughout the hospital on issues ranging from infectious diseases to complex orthopedic injuries. And we partner with the child’s primary pediatrician through our state-of-the-art electronic medical record (EMR) system, or by fax or phone, to optimize continuity of care.


Our Trauma Team

Led by the attending trauma surgeon, our highly specialized in-house Trauma Center team includes:

  • emergency medicine physicians
  • pediatric anesthesiologist
  • pediatric radiologist and radiology technicians
  • critical care physicians
  • surgical residents
  • advanced practice, surgical advanced practice and pediatric intensive care unit nurses
  • pediatric surgeons in a wide range of subspecialties, including orthopedics, cardiac surgery, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology and other fields

Research, Education & Outreach

Our ED physicians are actively involved in clinical research and lecture regionally and nationally on a broad range of topics relating to emergency medicine for children.

As part of our mission, the ED and Trauma Center also provide important Injury Prevention and outreach programs. We also share our expertise with other health care professionals by offering continuing education courses on pediatric trauma, pediatric orthopedic injuries, child abuse, sports injuries, pediatric respiratory emergencies and other topics.

 
Endocrinology


Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

About Our Division

Our Division of Pediatric Endocrinology provides inpatient and outpatient services primarily at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., as well as at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

We have approximately 1,800 inpatient visits (including 120 admissions for new onset Type 1 diabetes mellitus) and 5,500 outpatient visits each year. We also provide outpatient services at Newtown Square, Pa., and Seaford, Del.

We specialize in treating children with:

Diabetes mellitus

  • type 1
  • type 2
  • related to cystic fibrosis

Short stature

  • hypopituitarism
  • idiopathic short stature
  • turner syndrome
  • Noonan syndrome
  • small for gestational age
  • SHOX deficiency

Thyroid disorders

  • hyperthyroidism
  • hypothyroidism
  • thyroid nodules
  • thyroid cancer

Adrenal disorders

  • premature adrenarche
  • adrenal hypoplasia

Endocrine complications from oncology treatments


Research

We're extensively involved in clinical research that's NIH- and industry-funded and includes studies like Self-Management in Research Type 1 Diabetes and Natural History of Costello Syndrome.

Our physiologic studies help us understand the complex interactions of nutrients and hormones, as well as help us develop novel treatments — both in original work and through multi-center trials of medications used to treat hormonal problems. Many of these trials provide opportunities for our patients to receive innovative treatments potentially not available elsewhere.


Education

Division Chief
Physicians

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Newtown Square

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Physician Assistant
  • Karen Kowal
Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Marcy De Emedio
  • Teresa Hartzel
  • Kimberly Shoe
  • Cheryl Tuohy
  • Kristine Welsh
Registered Nurses
  • Carol Cameron
  • Celeste Cordrey
  • Jennifer Dunford
  • Jennifer McGowan
  • Michele Olbrich
  • Rebecca Thompson

Our Medical Services
 
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition


Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

About Our Division

At the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, we care for infants, children and adolescents with all types of gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders, including:

  • abdominal pain
  • inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • celiac disease
  • chronic liver disorders
  • malabsorptive disorders
  • feeding disorders

Locations

The division is staffed by board-certified physicians who provide consultation and treatment of patients at:

Our services are enhanced by an integrated cooperative program that includes nutritionists, family services and psychologists.


Services

Comprehensive outpatient and inpatient services are available for the evaluation, diagnosis and management of routine and complex gastroenterologic disorders.

Our services include:
  • endoscopy/colonoscopy with biopsies
  • pill endoscopy
  • impedance probe studies
  • intestinal manometry
  • breath hydrogen testing
  • esophageal dilation
  • banding and sclerotherapy
  • foreign body removal
  • gastrostomy tube placements
  • liver biopsies

Education

Accepting one to two fellows per year, our division has had an established pediatric gastroenterology fellowship program since 2001. Well trained in all procedures described above, our fellows have gone on to join academic faculties throughout the country. Learn More About Our Fellowship »


Research

Our experienced, well-qualified and enthusiastic group of research scientists, research assistants and technicians are currently focused on:

  • tracheal and middle ear fluid pepsin in the evaluation of GERD in extraesophageal GERD
  • celiac disease
  • identification of serum macrolipase, macroamylase and gastric lipase
  • pancreatic insufficiency (retrospective review of pancreatic stimulation data)
  • ghrelin and obestatin in serum and gastric biopsies in children with failure to thrive and obesity
  • eosinophilic esophagitis (clinical trials and assessment of the utility of serum and stool ECP in follow-up)
  • inflammatory bowel disease/ImproveCareNow Collaborative
  • drug-induced liver injury
  • liver and obesity
  • studies in pediatric liver transplantation

Learn More About Our Center for Clinical Diagnostics »

Division Chief
Physicians

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Maureen Egan
  • Margaret Miccolis
Registered Nurses
  • Sharon Cervino
  • Jerrianne Kuntz
  • Suzanne Kenyon
  • Patricia Raymond-Anderson
  • Cynthia Rehbach *
  • Angela Simms

* clinical practice coordinator


Our Medical Services
 
General Pediatrics


Division of General Pediatrics

About Our Clinical Care

The Division of General Pediatrics at Nemours provides evidence-based quality services that take into account the physical, emotional and psychological needs of children.

Adolescent Medicine

In addition to primary care for adolescents and young adults, we provide both inpatient and outpatient consultation services for children ages 10 and up for all conditions, including:

  • disorders of puberty
  • adolescent mental health
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • breast disorders
  • STD prevention and treatment
  • contraception
  • medical management of the adolescent with chronic illness or special needs
Consultative Pediatrics

Our team of academic general pediatricians, advanced practice nurses and psychologists provides consultative care to generalist, primary care and specialty pediatricians on a variety of pediatric disorders, including pediatric bone health, cerebral palsy, adoption, eating disorders and enuresis.

Our Child Advocacy Center provides medical evaluation for suspected cases of child maltreatment (abuse). Our team also runs the Nemours Access Initiative, which provides thorough evaluations for new patients seeking subspecialty evaluation for conditions such as headaches/migraines, ADHD, behavioral disorders and genetic disorders.

Inpatient Pediatrics

Our team of hospitalists, academic general pediatricians and advanced practice nurses provide care for three inpatient General Pediatrics teams staffed by pediatric residents and medical students. Our hospitalists also provide inpatient consultative services to surgical teams and co-manage medically complex surgical patients.

Palliative & Supportive Care

The Palliative and Supportive Care Team offers consultation services to help improve the quality of life for patients with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. Our core team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, chaplains and social workers offer an interdisciplinary approach to care that aims to relieve physical, spiritual and emotional suffering.

Primary Care

General Pediatrics Continuity Practice provides Primary Care Monda–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is staffed by 16 resident physicians and four board-certified pediatricians who oversee children's care.

Special Needs Primary Care Practice provides Primary Care for children with highly complex medical needs. The practice is staffed by a pediatric advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner) who works in concert with each of our three board-certified attending pediatricians.

Foster Care Health Program sees Delaware’s foster care children, from infants to teens, at the primary care and adolescent clinic located within Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. Thanks to a partnership with Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families (DSCYF), foster care children who need a medical home in the state can find one in our new program.

Weight Management

The Nemours Weight Management program includes an expert interdisciplinary team of pediatricians, advanced practice nurses, dieticians, exercise physiologists and psychologists who provide care for overweight and obese children and adolescents.

In addition to the management of impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia, our team has specific expertise in the care of children with medically complex conditions (such as autism and hypothalamic disorders). Our Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program also provides evaluation and ongoing treatment for candidates considering lap-band or gastric sleeve surgery.


Family-Centered Care

Our board-certified pediatricians, psychologists and advanced practice nurses provide personalized care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Our goal is to offer outstanding care for all children and families, including underserved kids and those with complex medical and emotional needs.

At Nemours, our patients’ families play an important role as members of each child’s care team. We are committed to always being collaborative, respectful and compassionate. At the same time, our facilities are designed to maximize the comfort and convenience of families with a child in our care. And to help us measure and improve our performance, we actively solicit family feedback through patient satisfaction surveys.


Education

We educate medical and nursing students, resident physicians and fellows. Our division is responsible for the General Pediatrics education for Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education Programs of Jefferson Medical College.

  • First- and second-year medical and nursing students participate in shadowing activities, in order to learn about doctor-patient communication skills and the diagnostic process.
  • Under the direct supervision of a licensed physician, third- and fourth-year medical students gain clinical experience by taking patient histories and performing physical examinations.
  • Board-certified pediatricians oversee resident physicians, who have an MD degree and provide direct care during their three-year period of specialized pediatric training.
  • Fellows are physicians who have completed the MD degree as well as three years of Pediatric Residency and are receiving one to three years of further specialized training under the supervision of board-certified pediatricians with expertise in a specialized area of Pediatric Medicine.

Learn More About Our Education Programs »


Community Involvement

We work closely with schools and agencies in the communities we serve to provide holistic care to children and families.

Examples of our community and advocacy activities include:
  • Reach Out and Read: a national initiative to promote school readiness for preschool children
  • PlayBall: an initiative of Nemours Health and Prevention Services to promote physical fitness in toddlers and preschoolers
  • Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Foster Care Initiative: in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families

Research

Our research focus is on evaluating the effectiveness of health services to optimize children's health.

Our research focus areas include:
  • family-centered care
  • cerebral palsy
  • pediatric obesity
  • health literacy
  • doctor-patient communication
  • patient safety

Our team makes regular contributions to regional and national scientific meetings as well as publications in the major journals in the field of Pediatrics.

Learn More About Our Areas of Research »

Division Chief
Physicians

Adolescent Medicine

Consultative Pediatrics

Inpatient Pediatrics

Palliative & Supportive Care

Primary Care

Weight Management

Advanced Practice Nurses

Weight Management

  • Kathleen Skinner
Registered Nurses

Primary Care

  • Robin Dixon
  • Mary Fish
  • Eva Kozak
  • Denise Kruszewski
  • Annemarie McCartney

Weight Management

  • Margaret Karpink

Our Medical Services
 
Hematology/Oncology


Division of Hematology/Oncology

About Our Division

At the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (NCCBD), we serve infants, children and adolescents:

  • Cancer, including leukemia, neuroblastoma, as well as cancers of the brain, bone, soft tissues and lymphatic system
  • Blood diseases, including all types of anemia, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, bone marrow failure, sickle cell disease and blood clotting disorders (such as hemophilia)
  • Disorders of the bone marrow requiring a bone marrow transplant. The Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Team of the NCCBD are experts in cord blood transplant, bone marrow transplant and peripheral blood stem cell transplants for patients with leukemia and other cancers, metabolic diseases, sickle cell disease and other genetic disorders.

Following the diagnosis of cancer or a blood disorder, the NCCBD team works closely with the family and referring physician to develop a plan of care that includes psychosocial support for the patient and family. Our multidisciplinary team offers a comprehensive scope of services that support the patient and family as they navigate the journey through diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and long-term follow-up care.


Our Mission

Our mission is to improve outcomes and quality of life of children with cancer and blood disorders through comprehensive, individualized, expert and compassionate care and research.

Key to this mission are:
  • a multidisciplinary, family-centered approach to care with psychosocial support
  • continued innovation through clinical, translational and basic research
  • educational programs for healthcare personnel, patients, family and the community
  • effective, flexible and efficient stewardship of resources

Our Team

Our comprehensive clinical team:
  • seven board-certified pediatric hematology/oncology physicians, two physician assistants and two advanced nurse practitioners
  • specialized nurses who administer chemotherapy and coordinate care. All nurses are trained and competent in the Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy curriculum, in conjunction with the scope and standards of practice in pediatric oncology through the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. In addition, a majority of our nurses are nationally-certified in their specialty.
  • subspecialty physicians with specific expertise in cancers and blood disorders including those specializing in:
  • endocrinology
  • gastroenterology
  • infectious Disease
  • nephrology
  • neurology
  • neuropsychology
  • neurosurgery
  • orthopedics
  • palliative care
  • pathology
  • psychiatry
  • pulmonology
  • radiation oncology
  • radiology
  • surgery

To ensure the highest quality of personalized care for each patient, we regularly meet as a team to discuss the plan of care for both inpatients and outpatients.


Our Support Services

Our comprehensive, family-centered care also includes:
  • administrative assistance 
  • art therapy
  • child life therapy
  • insurance verification
  • music therapy
  • nutrition
  • occupational therapy
  • pastoral care
  • pharmacy services
  • physical therapy
  • school instruction
  • social work
  • speech therapy

Our Outpatient Care

We provide outpatient care at the following locations:

Our Inpatient Care

When hospitalized, a child with cancer is cared for in an inpatient area dedicated to patients with cancer and blood disorders staffed by certified pediatric hematology and oncology nurses. Our care team participates in family-centered bedside rounds on a daily basis. This model of care allows for ongoing communication and personalized care with family participation.


Research

Advancing treatment through research is central to the mission of the NCCBD. Future cures and treatment for childhood cancer and blood disorders will be the result of dedicated clinical and laboratory researchers.

Our team of researchers is involved in laboratory and clinical research designed to:
  • identify new therapies
  • improve supportive care
  • improve outcomes for children with cancer and blood disorders

Learn More About Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders »


Outcomes

We're committed to giving kids the best chance of survival. View Our Outcomes »

Division Chief
Director, NCCBD
Physicians
Physician Assistants
  • Marie Brown-Farley
  • Edith Burkey
  • Amy Fusco
Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Joanne Quillen
  • Jean Wadman
  • Barbara Wojtal
Registered Nurse
  • Barbara Plummer

Our Medical Services
 
Infectious Diseases


Division of Infectious Dieases

About Our Division

The Division of Infectious Diseases (ID) provides inpatient and ambulatory clinical consultations at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.


Our Team

Four pediatricians with training and certification in the field of infectious diseases care for children with unusual or recurrent infections, those with severe infections requiring hospitalization and “diagnostic dilemmas.” An ID nurse practitioner and a specially trained ID pharmacist provide support in the clinical care of patients.


Our Expertise

Our areas of research and special interests among our staff include:
  • antimicrobial usage
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • HIV/AIDS
  • perinatal infections
  • Lyme disease
The division also:
  • manages the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the hospital – which optimizes antibiotic usage in order to improve patient outcomes and reduce antibiotic resistance in microorganisms
  • participates in Infection Control and Prevention activities in order to prevent infections from being transmitted in the hospital and our affiliate locations
  • is active in education — training medical students, pediatric residents, infectious diseases fellows and pharmacists as well as offering continuing medical education for practicing physicians
Division Chief
Physicians
Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Christine DiPaolo
Pharmacy Specialist
  • Shannon Chan

Our Medical Services
 
Medical Genetics


Division of Medical Genetics

About Our Division

The Division of Medical Genetics is integrated in the Department of Pediatrics at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. We provide inpatient consultative services, as well as consultation and ongoing care for outpatients. Our clinical mission is to provide evidence-based and cutting-edge evaluation, testing, and medical care for patients with genetic conditions, resulting in superior outcomes and family satisfaction.


Our Expertise

With three clinical geneticists, four genetic counselors and one physician assistant, our full service of coverage includes expertise in:
  • chromosome and genomic anomalies
  • congenital malformations
  • dysmorphology
  • familial conditions such as tumor predisposition syndromes and myelodysplasias
  • genetic causes of developmental delay, intellectual disability, and behavior differences
  • single gene disorders
  • teratogen exposure
We participate in clinics coordinating subspecialty care for the following conditions:
  • Down syndrome
  • heritable disorders of connective tissue
  • orofacial clefting and other craniofacial malformations
  • osteogenesis imperfecta
  • RASopathies (Neurofibromatosis type 1, Noonan syndrome, Cardio-Facio-Cutaneous syndrome, Costello syndrome, Legius syndrome and related conditions)
  • skeletal dysplasia
We collaborate with and see patients in the following services:
  • hematology/oncology
  • orthopedics
  • perinatal management
  • transition of care

Research

We collaborate with the Biomedical Research Department to perform clinical research. Additional clinical research projects focus on our areas of clinical expertise and include Down syndrome, skeletal dysplasia, Costello syndrome and other RASopathies. Read About Our Comprehensive Research Efforts »


Education

As the educational arm of Jefferson Medical College, we offer:
  • Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) of Jefferson medical students
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME) of pediatric residents
In collaboration with Arcadia University, we offer graduate
education for:
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Physician Assistants
Educational resources to medical professionals include:

Learn More About Our Education Programs »

Division Chief
Physicians
Physician Assistant
  • Lauren Davey

Our Medical Services
 
Neonatology


Division of Neonatology

About Our Division

Our clinical mission is to provide evidenced-based and cutting-edge neonatal care, with superior outcomes and family satisfaction.


Our Expertise

With more than 30 neonatologists on staff, our full service of coverage includes expertise in:
  • all forms of mechanical ventilation
  • brain protective therapies
  • full pediatric surgical and medical specialty support
  • high-risk follow-up programs
  • ECMO
  • specialized neonatal transport

Our Nurseries

Our Division of Neonatology is an integrated system of health care covering six intensive care nurseries in hospitals with about 13,000 deliveries each year.

Our intensive care nurseries are located at:

The Level III NICU at duPont Hospital for Children is a referral center, primarily for infants less than 30 days old who require surgery or services from our subspecialists. Completely redesigned in 2008, the NICU is a model of family-centered care. Fourteen single-patient rooms allow for a family’s privacy and comfort as they remain with their baby. The number of infant beds can be expanded to 18, if needed.

Amenities include:
  • a sofa sleeper
  • recliner
  • telephone
  • data port
  • flat-screen TV
  • sound-absorbent flooring
  • soft lighting

Education

As the educational arm of Jefferson Medical College, we offer:

Through the leadership of Robert Stavis, MD, PhD, the division developed a superior electronic medical record, Crib Notes. In addition, we demonstrate our excellence in educational offerings and commitment to the improvement of neonatal care internationally through:

Learn More About Our Education Programs »


Research

Our neonatal research includes basic studies performed in the animal laboratories of Jan Larson, MD, and Zubair Aghai, MD, at Thomas Jefferson University and the Nemours Research Lung Center, under the direction of Thomas Shaffer, MSE, PhD, at duPont Hospital for Children. We’re also involved in many ongoing clinical trials and health services research programs.

Our areas of research expertise include:
  • pulmonary physiology
  • neonatal abstinence
  • retinopathy of prematurity
  • neuroprotection

Read About Our Comprehensive Research Efforts »


Outcomes

We're committed to minimizing and eliminating central line infections
in our NICUs. Learn More »

Main Line Health

Division Chief
Physicians
Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Karen Blake
  • Lisa Collinson
  • Cynthia Cox
  • Kimberly Flanagan
  • Sandra Garrison
  • Michelle Kelly
  • Phuong Lee
  • Jennifer Neubauer
  • Nancy Peltz

South Jersey

Division Chief
Physicians

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Division Chief
Physicians
Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Heather Aldridge
  • Karen Chang
  • Ruth Eanes
  • Michele Epstein
  • Marcy Gringlas
  • Tracy Harach
  • Dorothy McElwee
  • Tammy Mehigan
  • Cheryl Mele
  • Tina Moyer-Fuchs
  • Lori Romano
  • Eileen Skiffington
  • Caroline Sweeney
  • Moira Winstanley
  • Ksenia Zukowsky

Our Medical Services
 
Nephrology


Division of Nephrology

About Our Division

At the Division of Nephrology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., our board-certified and fellowship-trained nephrologists work closely with primary care physicians and specialists in urology, rheumatology and surgery to diagnose and treat virtually all kidney problems. We also offer outpatient services at outreach clinics in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Our Expertise

Our team provides treatment that may include hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and/or transplant. We offer prenatal testing and counseling for women carrying babies with congenital abnormalities such as cystic kidney diseases and hydronephrosis.

Our staff also has expertise in the treatment of hypertension, kidney stones and urinary tract infections as well as managing the many side effects children experience as a result of renal failure, including stunted growth.

In addition, we provide family and peer support to help families deal with the stress of kidney disease. With more than two decades of experience and numerous successful transplants, our Solid Organ Transplant team oversees one of the largest pediatric liver and kidney transplant programs in the country. U.S. News & World Report 2013-2014 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks pediatric kidney care at duPont Hospital for Children among the best in the nation.


Education

Our division is very active in education, which provides Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) of Jefferson Medical College medical students and Graduate Medical Education (GME) of pediatric residents. Learn More About Our Education Programs »

Division Chief
Physicians
Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Lauren Godfrey
  • Christine Waddington

Our Medical Services
 
Neurology


Division of Neurology

About Our Division

Nemours is a leading pediatric health care organization, focused on superior outcomes and family-centered care. The clinical mission of the Division of Neurology is to provide evidence-based, current care, and opinion regarding neurologic disorders or disorders with a suspected neurologic component.

In the case of suspected or known neurologic disorders, we aim to provide the best outcomes possible based upon the most scientifically valid reasoning and techniques, and work in partnership with the child’s own primary care provider.

In our division, we embrace the belief that the best care of the individual patient recognizes the whole child and all of the many factors that can impact the child’s health.


Our Locations

Inpatient neurologic consultation is routinely available at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

We also have outpatient office sites in:
  • Wilmington, Del.
  • Philadelphia (Center City)
  • Newtown Square, Pa.
  • Lancaster, Pa.
  • Voorhees, N.J.

Our Staff

With six full-time and three part-time neurologists, six advanced practice nurses and one physician assistant, we’re able to reasonably accommodate most requests for consultation on an outpatient basis.

Our staff has special areas of interest and experience in the diagnosis and management of:
  • epilepsy/seizure disorders
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • migraine headaches
  • neurologically mediated sleep disorders
  • metabolic and inflammatory disorders primarily affecting the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves

Additional Services

When indicated, we provide the following procedural services in conjunction with our clinical neurophysiology/EEG/sleep medicine laboratory and day medicine unit:

  • routine electroencephalogram (EEG) recording and interpretation
  • prolonged EEG monitoring
  • outpatient antimigraine intravenous therapy
  • outpatient immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy
  • outpatient lumbar puncture
  • polysomnography
Division Chief
Physicians
Physician Assistant
  • Mary Jane Lang
Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Joan Blair
  • Dawn Brown
  • Alisa Clark
  • Carol Greene-Roethke
  • Tara Pezzuto
Registered Nurse
  • Susan Huntley
 
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

About Our Division

Our Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a non-surgical specialty, which cares for children and adolescents with acute and chronic conditions that affect the nervous, muscular and/or skeletal systems.

The goal of our program is to maximize the child's ability to move, communicate, interact with people and live as independently as possible. In a unique, child-centered environment, we strive to encourage independence, provide support, and reacquaint the child and family with the everyday business of living and growing.


Our Programs

Our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation programs includes a:

Our Expertise

Our areas of expertise include:
  • acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • cerebrovascular accident/stroke
  • cerebral palsy
  • traumatic brain injury
  • post-concussive syndrome/closed head injury
  • gait abnormalities
  • toe walking, in-toeing, out-toeing
  • newborn/high-risk follow-up, prematurity
  • fibromyalgia
  • burn care
  • gross motor and/or fine motor delay
  • congenital nerve diseases
  • brachial plexopathies (Erb/Kiumpke)
  • lymphedema
  • myofascial pain syndromes
  • prescription/management of patients with assistive devices, bracing needs, wheelchairs, adaptive seating
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy/CRPS
  • spasticity (including Botox injections, oral medications and management of intrathecal baclofen pumps)
  • spinal dysfunction, spinal cord injury, spina bifida
  • neuropathies, neuromuscular disorders
  • muscular dystrophy
  • rehabilitation of any disability affecting function, gait and/or speech
  • prosthetics and orthotics
  • wheelchairs and adaptive equipment
Division Chief
Physicians
Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Sharon Lyons
  • Jennette Wikel
 
Pulmonology


Division of Pulmonology

About Our Division

Our clinical mission is to provide cutting-edge, evidenced-based pulmonary care with superior patient outcomes and family satisfaction.


Our Locations

The Division of Pulmonology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., provides consultative services to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Christiana Care Health System and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, as well as intermittent outpatient services throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Our Programs


Research

Learn More About Our Pulmonology Research »

Division Chief
Physicians
Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Kelly Halbert,
    inpatient coordinator
  • Lauren Gaynor,
    outpatient pulmonology
  • Jennifer Marriner,
    sleep program coordinator
  • Kathleen Peeke,
    CF program coordinator
  • Elaine Stevenson,
    sleep program coordinator
 
Rheumatology


Division of Rheumatology

About Our Division

Our Division of Rheumatology strives to provide children with inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases superior care in a supportive environment.


Our Expertise

With three board-certified pediatric rheumatologists, in addition to a professor emeritus, we care for patients with a wide variety of diseases including, but not limited to:

  • juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • ankylosing spondylitis/enthesitis-related arthritis
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • Lyme arthritis
  • scleroderma
  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • vasculitis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

Education

As the educational arm of Jefferson Medical College, we offer:
  • Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) of Jefferson medical students
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME) of pediatric residents
  • Medical education for visiting fellows, medical students, and physician assistant students
  • Fellowship program in Pediatric Rheumatology

Learn More About Our Education Programs »


Research

Our areas of research expertise include:
  • Gene expression profiling in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Blau syndrome

Our rheumatology research includes translational research studying the inflamed cells which line the joints in arthritis (synoviocytes) and studies on granulomatous arthritis and Blau syndrome. Learn More »

Our physicians are members of both national and international research consortiums, including:
Division Chief
Physicians
Registered Nurse
  • Candice Patterson
 
Transition of Care


Division of Transition of Care

About Our Division

By their 21st birthday, all patients treated at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., must transition to adult health care. Since there are many transitions that occur between the ages of 18 and 25, families often aren't adequately prepared.

Our Transition of Care program is a clinical consultation service designed to help teenage and young adult patients (particularly those with special health care needs) and their families transition as smoothly as possible from pediatrics into adult health care. We address both the medical and non-medical issues during transition (educational, vocational, legal guardianship, residential options, etc).


Our Patients

Ideally, patients over the age of 14 with special health care needs will develop transition plans with their providers and parents. The patients who typically benefit most from working with our Transition of Care team are kids who:

  • see multiple subspecialists in pediatrics and, therefore, may have a complicated transition
  • have disabilities that will make it difficult to be completely independent as adults

Our Staff

A pediatrician and social work coordinator run our Transition of Care program. Together, we work with young adults and their families to create transition plans. To gauge progress, we meet with the family and child on a regular basis.


Patient Education

Transitioning care involves a lot of preparation and is a process, not just a transfer. A great place to start is by finding ways to increase independence or co-manage medical issues. To assist teens in beginning the process of developing a transition of care plan with their providers and parents, we help:

  • identify adult health care providers who are knowledgeable about the child’s medical condition and with whom the family/child are comfortable
  • kids learn more about their medical conditions
  • teens and young adults manage their own care and become advocates of their own health (e.g., how to refill prescriptions and talk to adult providers) 
  • families work with insurance providers
  • kids and their families learn about residential options, especially for patients who have disabilities that don’t allow them to function completely independently
Division Chief
Patient Transition Social Work Coordinator
  • Cory Nourie