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Walter D. Rosenfeld, MD
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Goryeb Children’s Hospital
Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center
Dr. Walter Rosenfeld, a specialist in adolescent medicine, is the chair of pediatrics at Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rosenfeld received a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin and then earned his MD degree from Temple University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Babies Hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston of Harvard University.
After spending a year on the faculty at Children’s Hospital, he moved to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, working for the next 11 years in the Division of Adolescent Medicine as the director of adolescent ambulatory services. His research, publications, and public speaking have encompassed multiple areas of adolescent health, with particular emphasis on adolescent sexuality, risk-taking behaviors, eating disorders and obesity, substance abuse, ethical issues in research with adolescents, teens and the Internet, importance of effective communication with teens and parents, and the connections between physiologic disorders and psychosocial issues.
Dr. Rosenfeld is a past president of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and the former director of programs for the Society for Adolescent Medicine. He previously served on the editorial board of “Adolescent Health Update,” and is an editor of the “Textbook of Adolescent Health Care,” both published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Rosenfeld’s commitment to the pediatric residency is evident through his direct role in teaching, as well as his support of resident research and faculty development.
Alan J. Meltzer, MD
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Dr. Alan Meltzer is the director of general pediatrics and pediatric program director at Goryeb Children’s Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and earned his MD degree at the State University of New York – Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. He completed his pediatric training at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY, and a Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship at Michigan State University, where he researched the use of complementary medicine in patients with HIV infection.
Dr. Meltzer has practiced general pediatrics in New Jersey for the past 28 years. He was director of the Pediatric Ambulatory and Primary Care Training Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center until 1998. He subsequently established the Division of General Pediatrics and hospitalist program at Atlantic Health System, was named associate program director in 2000, and accepted the role of program director in 2004. Additionally, he continues to practice general pediatric primary care at Madison Pediatrics, a private practice of Atlantic Medical Group in Morristown, NJ. Representing District 3 of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Meltzer remains a member of the executive council, government affairs committee and editorial board of NJ Pediatrics. A self-proclaimed life-long "resident," Dr. Meltzer has received several educator awards and has devoted his career to training future pediatricians.
Brian Lurie, MD, MPH
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Dr. Lurie earned his undergraduate degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University, and then earned his MD degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, New York State/American program in Tel Aviv, Israel. He returned to New York to complete his pediatric residency at North Shore Children’s Hospital in Manhasset. Dr. Lurie then joined a private practice on Long Island, where he practiced for five years. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. Dr. Lurie then served as the associate director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Saint Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, where he was a hospitalist on the inpatient rotation and developed a public health curriculum.
In 2010, Dr. Lurie joined Goryeb Children’s Hospital as associate director of the Pediatric Residency Program and medical director of the HealthStart clinic. He also coordinates the community portion of the ambulatory pediatrics rotation, allowing him to pass on his public health experience to future pediatricians. In 2012, Dr. Lurie took over as the clerkship director for the pediatric medical students who rotate through Goryeb Children's Hospital. He recently completed a three-year term as the Region II Co-Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association and also participated in the third cohort of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors’ (APPD) Leadership in Educational Academic Development. Dr. Lurie is also co-leader of both the APPD’s LGBTQA Pediatric Education Group and the Academic Pediatric Association’s LGBTQ Health and Well Being Special Interest Group. He is currently working on developing a national curriculum addressing the health disparities affecting LGBTQ youth. Dr. Lurie recently began serving a three-year term as the Member at Large of the Associate Program Director Executive Board of the APPD.
Maria Perez, DO
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Dr. Maria E. Perez earned her undergraduate degree in biology and psychology from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and then earned her DO degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan University School of Medicine). She completed her residency in pediatrics at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and her fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Afterward, she returned to NJ to join the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
Believing in the importance of clinical research, Dr. Perez has been involved in several studies involving functional gastroenterology, GI issues in adolescents and the effects of nutritional rehabilitation on gastric motility, somatic complaints, and anxiety in pediatric patients with anorexia.
Dr. Perez has written many scholarly articles on the subject of pediatric gastroenterology, including chronic abdominal pain and functional (non-ulcer) dyspepsia in children and adolescents. She also wrote and edited a self-management handbook for pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease, which was later converted to an interactive online program for the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). More recently, she published a review of the gastrointestinal manifestations of eating disorders for the American Academy of Pediatric’s (AAP) Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews.
In addition to her busy clinical practice, Dr. Perez places significant emphasis on community service and education. Each year, she organizes a Hospital Day for the 8th grade students in the NJ Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success (SEEDS) program. She also teaches a class about the role of diet in gastrointestinal conditions for graduate students studying nutrition at Columbia University in New York and has given multiple lectures to trainees, nurses and the community. In her role with NASPGHAN, she served on the Training Committee and helped develop a review book for the pediatric GI board exam. Dr. Perez previously served as chairwoman of the National Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows Committee, where she is now a member of their Professional Education Committee. At Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Dr. Perez helped develop and currently serves as chairwoman for the Goryeb Academic Pediatrics Support (GAPS) Committee – an effort dedicated to encourage and support academic culture and research curriculum for residents.
Dr. Perez accepted the position of associate program director of the Pediatric Residency Program in 2015, and has since become an active member of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), where she serves on their research and scholarly activity interest group.