Pediatric Endocrinologist Paul I. Pelavin, M.S., M.D.
The Valley Hospital has added pediatric endocrinology services to its comprehensive roster of pediatric health care services.
Pediatric endocrinology deals with endocrine-related conditions in children, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, growth disorders, obesity, thyroid and adrenal problems, problems of puberty, hypoglycemia, pituitary disorders, calcium and bone metabolism disorders, intersex disorders, menstrual disorders, endocrine tumors, and other conditions related to hormones.
“The addition of pediatric endocrinology services to our pediatric services enable us to offer the children in our community specialized pediatric care that, in the past, they would have had to travel a distance to receive,” says Irwin Berkowitz, M.D., director of the Department of Pediatrics at Valley. “These capabilities allow us to more successfully coordinate all of the services children with endocrine-related disorders need to grow up healthy and strong.”
The Valley Hospital welcomes pediatric endocrinologist Paul I. Pelavin, M.S., M.D. to the Medical Staff. He is seeing patients at Valley’s outpatient Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion in Paramus. Dr. Pelavin is also joined by Rachel Devine, R.N., M.S.N., C.P.N.P., a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Dr. Pelavin completed a bachelor of arts degree in molecular biology summa cum laude at Princeton University in 1996. He received his master of science degree in cell and molecular biology (2000) and his medical degree (2002) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine in 2005 and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2008.
Throughout his training, Dr. Pelavin has been engaged in basic and clinical research, including studies at Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has had several research projects published in medical journals and presented at annual meetings of the Endocrine Society. Dr. Pelavin is currently a co-investigator on a study of the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in children and adolescents at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He has received a number of awards and honors, including Phi Beta Kappa and the George Khoury ’65 Senior Prize for Academic Excellence from Princeton; and the Irving Weinstein Lectureship in Nutrition and Disease Prevention Abstract Award and the 2006-2007 Pediatrics Teaching Fellow of the Year from New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. His special interests include pediatric obesity and nutrition, type 2 diabetes, vitamin D and bone metabolism, and electronic medical records. He is board-certified in pediatrics and is board-eligible in pediatric endocrinology.
Ms. Devine received her B.S. in Nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1992 and her M.S.N. at Seton Hall University in 1999. Ms. Devine spent 9 years working as a pediatric hematology-oncology RN. She was also one of the first independently functioning pediatric nurse practitioners in Bergen County, starting in 1999. She also has extensive emergency room nursing experience, including at Valley Hospital. Of note, she is a Pediatric Clinical Instructor of Nursing at Ramapo College.
To make an appointment with Dr. Pelavin, please call 201-634-5500.