The HSC Pediatric Center (HSC) and Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) have collaborated to enhance the care provided to the region's children. Starting in July 1, 2005, CNMC has provided all medical staff services for HSC, including inpatient pediatric hospitalist and specialty consultations. HSC and CNMC have a long history of working together in many areas. Our respective organizations will continue to remain independent as we move forward into a new era of health care delivery for children with special needs.
Responding to the changing health care needs of children in the Washington area and beyond has always been the mission of The HSC Pediatric Center (HSC). We help infants, children and adolescents to reach their fullest potential despite the many challenges they and their families face. We are a rehabilitation and transitional care hospital the bridge for youngsters who no longer need the intensive treatment of an acute care facility, but who are not yet well enough to return home to their families, schools and communities.
Our programs and services address all of a child's needs: medical, intellectual, emotional, social and psychological. The medical staff of The HSC Pediatric Center are deeply committed to providing the best quality care to our patients. The HSC professional staff includes pediatric hospitalists, physiatrists, psychologists, pediatric nurse practitioners and a variety of pediatric specialty consultants. Inpatient consultant services offered at The HSC Pediatric Center include:
* These consultants are based at CNMC and come to HSC at regular intervals for subspecialty consultations.
Dr. Karen L. Smith
BC=Board Certified BE=Board Eligible
Karen Kuehl, MD, Pediatric Cardiology Consultant at HSC, working with and helping children with special needs and their families. Residency training in Pediatrics at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital; fellowship training in Cardiology at Children's Hospital, Washington, DC. Specialty: Pediatric Cardiology, BC-Pediatrics, BC-Cardiology. Key Interests: the care of children with special needs.
Vaughan Wright, DDS,Pediatric Dentist at HSC, working with special needs children. Dr. Wright received his dentistry degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in 1978 and completed a residency program in 1979. He has a private practice and sees inpatients and outpatients at HSC, Mon.-Wed. Dr. Wright’s key interest is working with children with special needs.
Elliot Gersch, MD, Developmental Pediatrician Consultant. Specialty: Developmental Pediatrics; BC-Pediatrics, licensed DC, MD. Key Interests: the care of children with special needs; comprehensive developmental assessments.
Benny Kerzner, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology Consultant, Director of HSC Feeding Program. Specialty: Pediatrics and Gastroenterology, BC-Pediatrics, BC-Gastroenterology. Key Interests: care of children with special needs, feeding disorders in children.
Judith Morales, MD, Pediatric Neurology Consultant. Specialty: Pediatric Neurology Consultant, BC-Pediatrics, BC-Child Neurology. Key Interests: Children with special needs, movement disorders.
Heidi Clark, NP, HSC Staff Pediatric Nurse Practitioner BC-NP. Key Interests: the care of children with special needs; the care of neonates and premature infants.
Nancy Granados, NP, HSC Staff Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, BC-NP. Key Interests: children with special needs; the care of children with gastrointestinal and parenteral nutrition needs.
Mitra Maybodi, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmologist Consultant working with children with special needs, BC-Ophthalmology.Key Interests: the care of children with special needs.
Michael Thomas, MD, Pediatric Orthopedics Consultant at HSC, working with children with special needs and their families. Specialty: Pediatric Orthopedics, BC-Orthopedics. Key Interests: the care of children with special needs.
Elliot Gersch, MD, (see listing under Developmental Pediatrics)
Lisa Kilby, MD, working and helping children with special needs and their families, residency at Fairfax INOVA Children's Hospital. Specialty: Pediatrics, BE-Pediatrics. Key Interests: the care of children with special needs, primary care (outpatient) for children with special needs and their siblings.
Samar Hussein, MD, HSC attending staff working with helping children with special needs and their families, residency at Howard University Hospital. Specialty: Pediatrics. Key Interests: the care of children with special needs and related clinical research.
Sheryl Frank, PhD, Clinical Child Psychology Consultant
Richard Wolff, PhD, Behavioral Psychology Consultant at HSC. Key Interests: children with special needs, the treatment of feeding disorders in infants.
Carolyn A. Wurm, PhD.
Elaine Goldberg, PhD.
Erik Scott, PhD.
Michelle Einson, PsyD
Medical Staff Members based at HSC
Mary Blaber, PNP