Fredrick Z. Bierman, MD, FAAP, FACC, a nationally renowned pediatric cardiologist, clinician and educator, joined Children’s and Women’s Physicians of Westchester as a Partner.
“I had been Chairman of Pediatrics at Schneider Children’s Hospital at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, and had an opportunity at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla to become Director and Chief of Graduate Medical Education for the Hospital and also to provide clinical service to the community in which I live” Dr. Bierman explains. “I took advantage of that opportunity, and it’s worked out very well.” As such, Dr. Bierman is involved in the Graduate Medical Education training programs of Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College , while also serving as a Partner at Boston Children’s Health Physicians.
Dr. Bierman’s expertise is consultative and clinical, with hands-on care of pediatric cardiology patients. “Boston Children’s Health Physicians Cardiology has a very broad service line and a history of excellence ,” Dr. Bierman says, which complements his expertise, ranging from fetal heart ultrasound (echocardiography), to management of children and young adults with congenital and acquired heart disease.
Dr. Bierman notes that this relationship with Boston Children’s Health Physicians “offers an ideal opportunity to be part of an organization dedicated to providing comprehensive medical care” to families in the Lower Hudson Valley service area.
It was Dr. Bierman who, while a consulting pediatric cardiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern in Rockland County from 1982 to 1991, initiated among the first outreach pediatric cardiology programs in the region. Later, while Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (formerly Schneider’s Children’s Hospital); Dr. Bierman developed a cardiac ultrasound screening program for middle school children entering competitive sports to identify clinically silent cardiac abnormalities that might pose a risk to young athletes. “I’m interested in integrating this into collaboration between Boston Children’s Health Physicians and the school districts of Westchester as well,” Dr. Bierman says. “Our goal was to reduce the risk of serious cardiac events in students by identifying unrecognized cardiac abnormalities”, he explains.
Dr. Bierman is enthusiastic about his relationship with Boston Children’s Health Physicians. “It’s a very exciting opportunity,” he exclaims. “I am looking forward to a long and productive relationship with Boston Children’s Health Physicians and working in the Pediatric Cardiology program will enable me to directly interact with families in the communities it serves.”