Our Doctors

Our providers were Chief Residents; directors of Intensive Care Units for children; lead physicians at U.S. Embassies around the world; authors of books and articles on subjects from introducing solids and promoting infant sleep to adolescent anxiety and patient-doctor ethics.

Many of us have undergone additional training beyond Pediatrics Residency, including an Internal Medicine residency and a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. We even have a former scholar of literature.

  • Harris E Burstin, MD

    After 38 years of dedication to children and their families, Dr Burstin retired on December 30, 2020.  He will be missed.(Read Reviews)

  • David A Horwitz, MD

    Dr. Horwitz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine and The Director of Information Technology at Pediatric Associates. He is a graduate of The University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees. Dr. Horwitz completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Horwitz has been with Pediatric Associates since 1988. Dr Horwitz sees patients in both the Manhattan, Brooklyn and LIC offices.(Read Reviews)

  • Paula J Prezioso, MD

    Dr. Prezioso is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine and is an Outpatient Site Director for the Pediatric Clerkship. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Dr. Prezioso completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital and has been with Pediatric Associates since 1991.  Dr Prezioso sees patients in the Manhattan and LIC offices.(Read Reviews)

  • Ellen C Putter, MD

    Dr. Putter is a graduate of Binghamton University and SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Putter has been with Pediatric Associates since 1995. Dr Putter sees patients in the Brooklyn and LIC offices.(Read Reviews)

  • J. Aviva Oppenheim, MD

    Dr. Oppenheim is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and Cornell University Medical College. She completed her pediatric residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue hospital. Dr. Oppenheim is fluent in Hebrew. Dr. Oppenheim has been with Pediatric Associates since 1999. Dr Oppenheim sees patients in the Brooklyn office.(Read Reviews)

  • Liza Natale, MD

    Dr. Natale is a graduate of Kenyon College and SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital. Dr Natale regularly teaches classes at the 92nd Street Y; Caring For Your Newborn, A Class For Expectant Parents,Caring For Your Newborn Grandchild,a class for expectant grandparents, as well as leading New Parent Get Togethers on Starting Solids and Sleep.  Dr. Natale has been with Pediatric Associates since 2004.  Dr Natale sees patients in the Manhattan and LIC offices.(Read Reviews)

  • Dina DiMaggio, MD

    Dr. DiMaggio is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After finishing her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, she completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Dr Dimaggio is the co-author of The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers: Practical Answers To Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, and More (For Parents, By Parents).  Dr. DiMaggio has been with Pediatric Associates since 2008 and sees patients in the Manhattan office.(Read Reviews)

  • Ferrell Motlow, MD

    Dr. Motlow graduated from Bryn Mawr College and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. She has experience in pediatric emergency medicine and was previously the pediatrician at the U.S Embassy, Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Motlow has been with Pediatric Associate since 2011.  Dr Motlow sees patients in the Brooklyn office.

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  • Christine Stern, MD

    Dr. Stern graduated from John Hopkins University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Stern speaks conversational  Vietnamese and French. Dr. Stern has been with Pediatric Associates since 2013.  Dr Stern sees patients in the Manhattan office. (Read Reviews)

  • Ine M. Leus, MD, MPH

    Dr Leus is a graduate of Georgetown University and Tulane School of Medicine.  She completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  She also has a Masters in Public Health of Tropical Medicine, and has a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health from The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  She was previously a staff physician at the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.  Dr Leus is fluent in Spanish and Dutch.  She has been with Pediatric Associates since 2016.  Dr Leus sees patients in the Brooklyn and LIC offices.(Read Reviews)

  • Melissa Varma, MD

    Dr Varma is a graduate of Duke University and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  She completed her residency training at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She has worked throughout the United States and abroad, in countries including Thailand, Vietnam, China and Ethiopia.  Dr Varma has dedicated her career to the care of children from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds and has a broad understanding of health issues from around the world.  Dr Varma is fluent in Spanish.  She has been with Pediatric Associates since 2020.  Dr Varma sees patients predominantly in the Manhattan office.

  • Lauren Boehm, MD

    Dr Boehm (pronounced 'Bame') graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her residency training at NYU Langone Health/Bellevue Hospital.  Prior to pursuing medicine, she studied literature at Cornell University and Stanford University.  She has published articles in literature and cultural studies, medical humanities, bioethics and narrative medicine.   She is interested in the way culture can influence children's health and how language can be a window into their experience.  Dr Boehm has been with Pediatric Associates since 2020 and sees patients in the Brooklyn and LIC offices.

Manhattan Office - (212) 725-6300

Manhattan Office Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

* By appointment only

Sunday:

* By appointment only


Brooklyn Office - (718) 857-5500

Brooklyn Office Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

* By appointment only

Sunday:

* By appointment only


LIC Office - (718) 786-5506

LIC Office Hours

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

  • "Dr. Prezioso is an excellent pediatrician. Has been terrific with my daughter from birth through adolescence for 15 years, and her advice to parents is reliable and practical."
  • "We just had another wonderful visit with Dr Natale in her new Long Island City location. I'm so grateful to you and your staff for helping me keep my four children healthy and happy ."
  • "Doctor Oppenheim is an amazing caring pediatrician with a lot of years of working with kids under her belt. I recommend ANY doctor affiliated with this office as each one you meet is as amazing and as qualified as the next. As a first time parent you need someone who’s gonna take the time out with you and go over your fears and stuff and not to judge you and that is exactly why we go to this pediatrician. It’s in a perfect area the office is clean and well lit and all the staff is friendly and they’re just there to help. That’s why we’ve come to love this place. Prospect Park East!"
  • "My family and I adore Dr. DiMaggio. She is attentive, friendly and easy going. Kind of like you have a friend who just happens to be a fabulous Dr. Everyone at Pediatric Associates is friendly and professional. She listened to and addressed all our first time parent woes and treated our little girl wonderfully. I absolutely recommend this practice and Dr. DiMaggio!"
  • "We have been seeing Dr. Stern since our daughter was born. Dr. Stern has always had the loveliest bedside manner and she is such a caring, compassionate and skilled doctor. Even though she always has a busy schedule, Dr. Stern always takes the time to answer any of our questions (no matter how trivial!) thoroughly. Each appointment is conducted efficiently, but we never feel rushed or ignored. We couldn't be happier with Dr. Stern or this practice!"
  • "We have been coming to Pediatric Associates for 5 + years and can't speak highly enough of the practice. We started in Manhattan and then moved to the Brooklyn office. All of the doctors have been equally exceptional, but our primary physician was Dr. Putter. As a health care provider myself I look for certain qualities in a provider and I am more then pleased by the quality care provided by Dr. Putter. The desk staff is both extremely helpful and courteous. We will miss this practice tremendously as we are moving away."
  • "Dr Horwitz is a wonderful doctor. Old school type of doctor that is hard to find these days. He really takes the time to explain everything. Whenever I had a question, he answered my calls shortly and he has a great sense of humor and disposition. Really put me at ease being a first time mom!"
  • "My three kids have gone here since my eldest, now 18, was a baby. While it's a busy practice, I've always felt that the doctors are responsive and professional. When in doubt, they err on the side of common sense vs. extra medicine and they have involved my kids in those decisions as they've gotten older."
  • "Wonderful care from exceptionally well trained physicians. Excellent referrals when necessary, to ENTs and other specialists. Dr Boehm was amazingly attentative over the holidays with my daughter’s pneumonia."