Department of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics
The Division of General Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School seeks to advance, advocate and improve the lives of every patient we treat and their families. Our physicians are deeply dedicated to the patients in our surrounding community, the state of New Jersey and nationwide.
All members of our division are dedicated, caring, hardworking physicians who strive to provide the best up-to-date, warm, friendly and efficient treatment for patients, with family-centered care as our core value.
All members of our division share responsibility for patient care provided on the inpatient units of The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in BMSCH’s newborn nursery, at Eric B. Chandler Health Center, and in Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group’s outpatient practice in Somerset.
Inpatient and Nursery Care
The inpatient hospital units care for children and young adults from birth to 21 years old and are divided into two floors within The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH. The fifth-floor unit of the children’s hospital houses babies and children, while the second-floor unit cares for adolescents and young adults.
In the newborn nursery, our physicians care for all babies who are patients of the Eric B. Chandler Health Center, as well as babies whose pediatricians are not affiliated with RWJUH.
The division is deeply committed to our community and to helping the whole child by providing all-encompassing care during each well-child and sick visit. Our services include all aspects of preventative care and immunizations for newborns, infants and children, with keen attention placed on each child’s development, social and emotional needs.
Community Outreach, Research and Education
Members of the division also serve the community through membership in local community groups, as well as through the division’s Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health (REACH) program. This program provides the opportunity for residents to learn to become pediatricians who:
- Are as comfortable and competent in their role as child advocates as they are in their medical practice
- Effectively advocate for an individual child and family, as well as all children in their community on a city, state, regional and national level
- Work in partnership with community-based agencies to promote the well-being of children
Throughout this educational process, we integrate and expand on community-based pediatrics and advocacy throughout the New Brunswick and New Jersey community.
All physicians in the division are involved in the education of medical students, interns and residents, including summer lecture series, participating as preceptors at the Resident Continuity Clinic, serving as facilitators for group case discussions, mentoring third- and fourth-year students during their clerkships, and facilitating OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) exams for students at all levels of training.
Additionally, our faculty believes that participation in all aspects of research is mandatory in order for comprehensive care of children to be achieved. Our division’s commitment to clinical research and case studies has resulted in a variety of publications in peer-reviewed journals. Current research includes studies focusing on early literacy and the pediatrician; and postpartum depression, featuring parenting support groups for Spanish-speaking mothers. The division also plays a role as faculty advisors for pediatric resident research projects.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH)
For Appointments: 732-235-7883
Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group at Somerset
For Appointment: 732-743-5473
The Primary Care Institute provides administrative and operational oversight of the pediatric primary care services offered by Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group. The institute maintains data on access, patient satisfaction and quality of care, negotiates managed care issues and recruits providers for the service sites.
The Somerset practice location provides comprehensive primary care and pediatric services to members of the community, ranging from newborns, infants, children and adolescents. Patients with complex or unusual problems are referred to one of the specialists at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group for treatment. New patients are always accepted and welcome. Appointments are available immediately in urgent cases. Staff members are fluent in English and Spanish. Most insurance is accepted.
Phone: 732-743-KIDS (5437)
Participating Providers (17)
|Sheeba A. Alexander, MD||(908) 203-6247|
|Indira Amato, MD||(732) 235-7883|
|Janice Cato-Varlack, MD||(732) 235-7883|
|Dalya L. Chefitz, MD||(732) 235-7044|
|Pankaj M Doshi, MD||(908) 203-6247|
|Jacqueline Fleming, MD||(732) 235-7883|
|Elizabeth A. Goodman, MD||(732) 235-7044|
|Kendria C Hall, MD||(908) 203-6247|
|Aazim Hussain, MD||(732) 235-7883|
|George J Kaliyadan, MD||(732) 235-7883|
|Aimee T. LaRiviere, MD||(732) 235-7883|
|Emanuel D. Lerner, MD||(732) 743-5437|
|Shilpa Pai, MD||(732) 235-7883|
|Usha Ramachandran, MD||(732) 235-7044|
|Elsie I. Roca-Piccini, MD||(732) 743-5437|
|Dawn D. Thompson, MD||(732) 235-7044|
|Alan Weller, MD||(732) 235-7044|