Neonatology Faculty

Program Leadership

Image: Dr. Jennifer PynnJennifer Pynn, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Program Director

Medical School: Downstate Medical Center
Pediatric Residency: Jacobi Medical Center
Fellowship: Columbia University - Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

Interests: Medical Education, Non-Invasive Ventilation Strategies, Chronic Lung Disease Prevention

Shanthy SridharShanthy Sridhar, MD, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Neonatal Services

Medical Director NICU, Associate Program Director

Medical School: Coimbatore Medical College
Pediatric Residency: New York Methodist Hospital
Fellowship: State University of New York at Brooklyn Down State Medical Center

Interests: Neonatal Transport, Newborn Resuscitation, Antibiotic Stewardship


Core Faculty

Dr Surabhi Aggarwal

Surabhi Aggarwal, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Medical School: Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
Pediatric Residency: Flushing Hospital and Medical Center
Fellowship: Stony Brook Medicine

Interests: Neonatal Nutrition, Medical Education, Simulation

Image Joseph DeCristofaro, MD, FAAP< Joseph DeCristofaro, MD, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Infant Apnea Program,

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Fellowship: Cornell Medical Center, The New York Hospital

Interests:  Apnea of Prematurity, Quality Improvement, Patient Safety

Imge: Dr. Lesley Small-HararyCarly Gomes, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Interests: Neonatal Pain, Brain Development

Stephanie Kyc Stephanie J. Kyc, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Fellowship: Yale University

Interests: Neonatal Palliative Care, High Risk Follow-Up of NICU Graduates, Medical Education

Echezona Maduekwe, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Medical School: College of Medicine and Surgery, University of Nigeria
Pediatric Residency: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
Fellowship: Golisano Children's Hospital University of Rochester

Interests: General Newborn Care, Prematurity, Reduction of Morbidity and Mortality Related to Hypoxic Injury in Newborns

Aruna Parekh, MD 
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of NICU High Risk Follow-Up Clinic

Medical School: Bombay University, India
Pediatric Residency: Long Island College Hospital
Fellowship: North Shore University Hospital

Interests: High Risk Follow-Up of NICU Graduates, Developmental Interventions, IVH Prevention Strategies, Simulation/Procedures, Professionalism in the Workplace

Esther Speer, MD, Esther Speer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Medical School: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Pediatric Residency: State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Chicago Hospital and Biological Sciences Division

Interests: Dr. Speers’ Laboratory, an NIH-funded laboratory in the Division of Neonatology of Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, focuses on the mechanisms of the neonatal sepsis-induced inflammatory response and central nervous system inflammation. Utilizing in vitro blood and tissue culture models and in vivo murine models of neonatal sepsis, Dr. Speers’ Lab aims to develop anti-inflammatory pharmacological therapies designed for use in neonates that can improve survival and developmental outcome and mitigate organ injury of infected term and preterm newborns.