Child’s play: Northwell nabs top doc to lead pediatrics

Kid gloves: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia standout Sophia Jan is the new chief of pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center.

Long Island’s top children’s hospital has a new pediatrics chief.

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has tapped Sophia Jan as its new chief of pediatrics, the New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system announced Monday.

Jan – who also has been named medical director of Northwell Health’s Health Homes Serving Children effort, part of the New York State Health Home Program – will be an “instrumental part of ensuring that the hospital delivers state-of-the-art pediatric care, provides a family-centric atmosphere and continues to maintain the medical center’s status as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals,” according to the health system.

Jan comes to Cohen Children’s after eight years at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she founded and directed a multidisciplinary intervention team focused on patient transitions to adult care. She also served as associate program director of CHOP’s combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency program, and as a general internist at the University of Pennsylvania.

Charles Schleien, executive director of Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said Northwell Health was “delighted” to welcome Jan into the fold.

“All of us at Cohen are united by a common mission – to provide our young patients and the families who love them with the best possible care delivered by the top professionals in their respective fields,” said Schleien, who is also a Northwell Health senior vice president and the health system’s pediatrics chairman.

“After meeting Dr. Jan and learning of her lifetime of service to children in need, we know she will be an excellent addition to our team,” Schleien added.

Jan earned her bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College and her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. She continued her fellowship training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation clinical scholar at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn, earning a master’s degree in health policy research.

A renowned speaker on a variety of critical topics, she has also contributed to several prestigious medical publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA Pediatrics.