The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Published
01/22/2017

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital


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The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Program

Dr. Bipin Patel has been chairman of pediatric services at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital for more than 25 years, building one of the largest and most highly regarded children’s hospitals in New Jersey. He also served as medical director of the New Jersey Institute of Disabilities, developed the Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center in New Brunswick, and led the creation of the Saint Peter’s Regional Craniofacial-Neurosurgical Center. Additionally, his humanitarian efforts help improve children’s health in a host of other countries.



Saint Peter’s is renowned in New Jersey for its maternal fetal medicine and pediatric medicine programs. Are there any new offerings at Saint Peter’s for families with children?


Nearly 6,000 new babies begin their lives at Saint Peter’s University Hospital each year – more than at any other hospital in central New Jersey – and many of them continue to receive whatever medical care they may need throughout childhood. The hospital, however, was lacking in one service—until recently. This October, it launched its new pediatric orthopedic surgical program at the Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Saint Peter’s wants to offer patients 24/7 care for their pediatric orthopedic injuries and problems. A tremendous number of children come in and out of the hospital, and it was time to take a serious look at this and develop this division within our department. This service was really needed. We are very happy to provide this service to our patients and we can service area community hospitals that do not have these services as well.



How did the pediatric orthopedic surgery program get started?
To launch the program, the hospital hired two newly minted pediatric orthopedic surgery specialists — Alexandra Kondratyeva, D.O., who completed her fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center, and Amie Kawashima, D.O., who was a fellow at Shiner’s Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Only about 30 to 40 doctors earn pediatric orthopedic surgical fellowships a year. Saint Peter’s is fortunate to have both Alexandra and Amie.



What sorts of services does the pediatric orthopedic surgery program provide for patients?
The surgeons treat all types of issues, including birth defects and deformities, traumatic injuries and spinal conditions such as scoliosis. They are well trained in the full breadth of care and perform all types of surgeries. Dr. Kondratyeva tells us it is very rewarding working with kids. She explains that she can treat a variety of conditions and she can follow up with them from birth through age 20; she couldn’t do that in any other specialty. Dr. Kawashima says she likes caring for children because she never knows what they are going to say. Treatments for children are different than for adults, she adds, so she believes it is important to keep parents well-informed about their children’s care.



What is in the program’s future?
The program will continue to grow over the next 6 to 12 months and there is the desire to hire another pediatric orthopedic surgeon in 2017. The program was added to reinforce Saint Peter’s ability to provide 100 percent care for all pediatric problems for the community.



What other sorts of pediatric surgical services does Saint Peter’s offer?
The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s provides comprehensive general and specialized surgical care to treat congenital and acquired conditions affecting children from birth through young adulthood. Our specially trained staff is experienced in treating common pediatric ailments such as appendicitis and hernias as well as rare or complex conditions.