Mount Sinai Specialists Join Valley’s Pediatric Subspecialty Team

May 18, 2019

Valley Health System has expanded its roster of pediatric subspecialists to include Mount Sinai Health System pediatric gastroenterologists Keith J. Benkov, M.D., and Nanci S. Pittman, M.D.  Both will now see patients at Valley. 

Dr. Benkov is an Associate Professor and Dr. Pitmman an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology in the Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. They join Diana Volpert, M.D., as part of Valley’s pediatric gastroenterology practice.

Drs. Benkov and Pittman join Valley’s Medical Staff as a result of a clinical and academic alliance with Mount Sinai Health System, which was announced in 2015.  Additional Mount Sinai pediatric specialists are expected to join Valley’s staff in the future.

“We are very pleased to welcome Drs. Benkov and Pittman to our team of pediatric subspecialists,” said Gail Matthews, M.D., Chair of Women’s and Children’s Services for Valley Medical Group. “Our patients will benefit not only from their expertise, but from access to Mount Sinai’s multidisciplinary team to ensure comprehensive care for digestive disorders.”

Dr. Benkov cares for children with a broad range of gastrointestinal and liver diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, constipation, abdominal pain, and short bowel syndrome. He provides specialized, evidence-based, and compassionate care for infants, children, and adolescents. 

Dr. Benkov obtained his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and he completed his residency in Pediatrics and his fellowship in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai. He is actively involved in research in the field of pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Benkov is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology. 

He was division chief for 12 years and has remained the fellowship program director for the last 16 years. He has been instrumental in the training of over 40 fellows in the field of pediatric gastroenterology. Along with his extensive clinical practice, his main interest has been the outcome analysis of children and adolescents with various types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), based on a large database of over 2000 patients over 25 years in the Pediatric IBD Program at Mount Sinai. 

He has been recognized as a Top Doctor by the distinguished Castle Connolly for the last 30 years, both in the NY Region and nationwide.

Dr. Pittman cares for pediatric patients with gastrointestinal conditions including abdominal pain, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, diarrhea, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Although Dr. Pittman cares for children with a wide variety of gastrointestinal conditions, she has focused her practice on the care of children with IBD, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

Dr. Pittman delivers exceptional care to children and adolescents with IBD by utilizing a multifaceted approach including nutrition, psychology, and pharmacology.  Her dedication in caring for patients with IBD led to her being named 2018 Doctor of the Year by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

In recognition of the extra time Dr. Pittman takes to communicate with her patients and their families, she was awarded The Cullman Family Award for Excellence in Physician Communication. She has been as recognized as a New York Times Best Doctor and a Top Doctor by the distinguished Castle Connolly for over a decade. 

Dr. Pittman obtained her medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA where she graduated with honors.  She joined the Mount Sinai community in July 1989 and began her pediatric internship followed by her pediatric residency. Upon completion, she continued her training at Mount Sinai in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology as a fellow in the division before becoming an Assistant Professor in 1995.

Drs. Benkov, Pittman, Orellana and Volpert see patients at 140 E. Ridgewood Ave, 4th Floor, in Paramus. To make an appointment with a Valley pediatric gastroenterologist, please call 201-614-6118.