The Department of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College is pleased to announce Dr. Eduardo Perelstein has been named Director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, effective April 1, 2014. After a national search, the Department is delighted to offer the position to Dr. Perelstein, who brings more than 35 years of clinical experience, as well as a strong teaching and administrative background. We have great confidence in his abilities not only to maintain the current high quality program but also to expand the clinical service.
Dr. Perelstein is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Associate Attending Pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He is an expert in the diagnosis and management of kidney diseases in children, including end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation. In addition, he also cares for children with high blood pressure as well as fluid/electrolyte disorders. Over the years, he has served as a consultant providing clinical Pediatric Nephrology services at a variety of hospitals throughout New York City, including New York Methodist Hospital, New York Flushing Hospital, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, New York Medical Center Queens, St. Barnabas Hospital, and the Hospital for Special Surgery. In addition to his outstanding clinical work, Dr. Perelstein has demonstrated excellence in medical education at all stages of training, from medical students to fellows. He has served as a Lecturer and Tutor in clerkships and the residency program, and is a member of the Residency Selection Committee and the Residency Review Committee.
He received his medical degree (M.D.) at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he completed his residency in pediatrics. Dr. Perelstein continued his training in pediatric nephrology at Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, Temple University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he completed a one-year clinical fellowship. He completed an additional two years of fellowship training at Weill Cornell Medical College, joining the Weill Cornell Department of Pediatrics faculty in 1990. In 2009, Dr. Perelstein achieved a Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Dr. Perelstein is the recipient of three housestaff Outstanding Teaching awards, two senior list inclusions, one Excellency in Teaching award from the Pediatric Clerkship, and was named Physician of the Year award of 2005. Dr. Perelstein has been one of the Department's early leaders in Quality and Safety issues. He is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics Significant Events Committee, as well as a member of the Department's Medication Safety Task Force, and serves as MD Champion for his Division's Epic Optimization initiative.
Dr. Perelstein succeeds Dr. Valerie Johnson, who will remain on the faculty part-time, and will focus on ambulatory activities. We are extremely grateful to Dr. Valerie Johnson for the guidance she has provided as director for more than 25 years.