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Date Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Date Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center Appoint Erika Berman Rosenzweig, M.D., to Lead Departments of Pediatrics; Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Dr. Rosenzweig is an internationally recognized expert in the medical field of pulmonary hypertension

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VALHALLA N.Y., (April 17, 2024) – Academic medical center partners New York Medical College (NYMC) and Westchester Medical Center have jointly announced the appointment of Erika Berman Rosenzweig, M.D., as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at NYMC School of Medicine and Director, Department of Pediatrics at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship hospital in the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Dr. Rosenzweig will also assume the role of William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief at WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Rosenzweig to New York Medical College as our next chair of the Department of Pediatrics,” said Neil W. Schluger, M.D., Dean, School of Medicine. “Dr. Rosenzweig is an internationally prominent physician in her field, with a reputation as an outstanding clinician, teacher, and researcher. We are confident that in working with our academic partners at WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, she will continue the tradition of excellence and leadership that has been established in pediatrics at NYMC and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital over many years.”

Renee Garrick, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of WMCHealth, joined Dr. Schluger in welcoming Dr. Rosenzweig.  "The appointment of Dr. Rosenzweig will assure the continued outstanding, nationally recognized work in children’s healthcare provided at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for the families of the Hudson Valley and beyond.”  

Erika Rosenzweig, MD
Erika Berman Rosenzweig, M.D.

Dr. Rosenzweig is an internationally recognized expert in the medical field of pulmonary hypertension who serves in leadership capacities for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association  and for the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network of North America. She has authored or co-authored over 250 scientific publications and has been editor-in-chief of the journal Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension. Dr. Rosenzweig has led more than 50 clinical trials developing novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening condition that plagues both children and adults.

Board-certified in pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease, Dr. Rosenzweig received her medical degree from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric cardiology, with special training in pulmonary hypertension, at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  Over her distinguished 24 year tenure as a faculty member at Columbia, Dr. Rosenzweig rose to the position of Professor and Vice Chairman for clinical and translational research of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Adult and Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center. Simultaneously, she continues to actively care for patients with pulmonary hypertension referred to her from around the world. 

Continuing a Legacy of Pediatric Leadership
Dr. Rosenzweig will succeed Leonard Newman, M.D., as NYMC Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics, as well as Michael Gewitz, M.D., as NYMC Professor, Director of the Westchester Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, and as the William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

For over four decades, Drs. Newman and Gewitz have each served in various leadership roles at NYMC and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, advocating for the advancement of children’s healthcare locally and nationally. Drs. Newman and Gewitz will continue their current responsibilities to ensure a seamless transition until Dr. Rosenzweig assumes her positions later this summer.

About New York Medical College
Founded in 1860, New York Medical College (NYMC) is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with nearly 2,000 students and 475 residents and clinical fellows, more than 2,100 faculty members and 26,280 living alumni. The College, which joined Touro University in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC and the Touro College School of Health Sciences’ nursing program at NYMC. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents and practitioners. For more information, visit 

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with nine hospitals on seven campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level I (adult and pediatric), Level II and Level III trauma centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow WMCHealth on Facebook.com/WMCHealth or Instagram.com/WMCHealth.