STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 6, 2013 – Sergey Kunkov, MD, MS, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, has been appointed to the New York State Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Advisory Committee. The appointment, effective through Jan. 31, 2017, was announced on Feb. 5 by Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, New York State Commissioner of Health.
The EMSC Advisory Committee advises the Department of Health, the Commissioner, the state Emergency Medical Services Council, the state Emergency Medical Advisory Committee and the state Trauma Advisory Committee regarding all aspects of emergency medical services for children, including pediatric emergency medical, trauma, and disaster care, and the early care of maltreated children and children with special healthcare needs. Dr. Kunkov will represent the downstate region of New York State on the committee.
“This was an extremely rigorous selection process,” said Margaret M. McGovern, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief, Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital. “That the Department of Health selected Dr. Kunkov is a testament to his reputation. He is a strong advocate for the health and well-being of children at the local, regional, state and national levels.”
“I look forward to the opportunity to contribute on the state level toward improving access and quality of emergency care for sick and injured children,” Dr. Kunkov said.
Dr. Kunkov joined Stony Brook in 2010. Previously he served as Associate Director for a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Jacobi Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, from 2005 to 2010.
He received his medical degree from Pediatric Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and his master of science degree in clinical research methods at Albert Einstein. He completed his residency at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY, and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Jacobi Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and is sub-boarded in pediatric emergency medicine.
About Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital:
Established in June 2010, Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital is Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital. More than 7,000 children and adolescents are admitted each year. Stony Brook Children’s operates 100 pediatric beds and has more than 140 full-time pediatric physicians and surgeons in 30 different specialties and over 200 voluntary pediatric faculty members. The hospital is the Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center for our area and has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is home to the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center and also offers a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, Pediatric Cardiology Program, Pediatric HIV and AIDS Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookchildrens.org.
About the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Advisory Committee:
The EMSC program works to decrease pediatric mortality and morbidity due to severe illness or injury by enhancing pediatric emergency care services throughout the state by building partnerships with emergency care providers, offering special programs and training opportunities, and through policy development. According to the EMSC, early EMS systems were designed to provide rapid intervention for sudden cardiac arrest in adults and rapid transport for motor vehicle crash victims. But the specialized care that children require was often overlooked. In 1984, legislation led to the establishment of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program. Since then, EMSC grants have helped all 50 states improve the availability of child-appropriate equipment in ambulances and emergency departments; supported hundreds of programs to prevent injuries; and provided thousands of hours of training to EMTs, paramedics, and other emergency medical care providers. EMSC Program support also has led to legislation mandating EMSC initiatives in several states, and to educational materials covering every aspect of pediatric emergency care, in order to help save children’s lives.