Shining Stars Spring 2012 : Cover

a Publication of Maria Fareri areri Children’s Hospital at Westchester ter Medical Center Spring 2012 Also in this Issue Leading the Way in Pediatric Cancer Research – page 4 Preventing Pediatric Liver Disease – page 5 Cholesterol Screening For Children C Now Urged – page 6 Big Advances in Minimally-Invasive Surgery – page 7 Shining Support – page 9 S After Heart Procedure, a Football Star is Born Chester Academy’s Record-Breaking Saxon Smith – page 2

A Message from Our Physician-in-Chief

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to this installment of Shining Stars in which we highlight the unique combination of services that has made Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center such an important part of the healthcare system in our region.

As you will read, whether dealing with intricate pediatric cardiovascular problems or delicate gastrointestinal surgery in the tiniest babies, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s physicians and staff provide clinical expertise in specialized care that is unavailable anywhere else in the 5,000 square mile area we serve. At the same time, our specialists are also skilled in helping families focus on medical and lifestyle factors that influence their children’s health as they grow in order to prevent heart and liver and other chronic problems that can plague them in adulthood.

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s doctors and staff therefore cover the entire spectrum of children’s healthcare specialties in available modern medicine—providing both technologically complex medical services for acute life threatening disorders as well as fundamental preventative care to forestall chronic medical problems down the road.

As always, we thank you, our donors, our colleagues, and our families whose support gives us continued opportunities to provide the broad range of specialized care we deliver. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or feedback about any of the articles or services mentioned in this magazine—or about Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in general. We look forward to hearing from you. Wishing you many healthy opportunities to enjoy the beauties of our region in the Springtime.

Michael Gewitz, MD

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