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Robert A. Finkelstein, M.D.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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Biographical Info

Dr. Robert Finkelstein is Assistant Attending Physician in the Divisions of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Finkelstein received his medical degree from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine, and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, as well as a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. He is board certified in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

His interests include trauma, resuscitation, therapeutic hypothermia, medical simulation, wound care in the emergency department, and the use of point of care ultrasound for both procedures and diagnostics.

Dr. Finkelstein serves as the Associate Pediatric Trauma Medical Director at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine and is the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Liaison to the Trauma Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Committee. He has developed and directs the division’s multi-disciplinary hi-fidelity in-situ pediatric trauma simulation curriculum and is part of a small group of faculty for the Trauma In Kids (TRIK) course through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Pediatric Trauma Society. He has been involved in the revision of the TRIK curriculum and was director of the first TRIK course offered in New York City. He is a member of the guidelines committee of the Pediatric Trauma Society and serves on the subcommittees developing national guidelines for pediatric massive transfusion and cervical spine trauma. In addition, he serves on the Pediatric Trauma Subcommittee of the New York State Trauma Advisory Committee. He is a member of the New York City Pediatric Disaster Coalition’s Pediatric Intensivist Response Team (PIRT) and Clinical Advisory Group and of the New York City Medical Reserve Corps. He was the site principal investigator for the NIH funded multi-center prospective observational study, “MATIC: Massive Transfusion Epidemiology and Outcomes in Children Study.”

He is part of the faculty for the annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Base Camp, the New York City Pediatric Residency Simulation Olympics the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine Protected Airway Course and the Weill Cornell Medicine Transition to Residency Course. Additional teaching activities include participation in formal workshops on diagnostic ultrasound for medical students, procedural and resuscitation skills for pediatric residents, and call–review with NewYork-Presbyterian Emergency Medical Services. He is also a Master Trainer for the TeamSTEPPS® (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) course.

Board Certifications
American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)
American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Emergency Medicine)
Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
Clinical Expertise
Simulation Training In Medical Education
Languages
English
French
Education 
  • M.D., C.M.
    McGill University Faculty of Medicine (Canada)
    2005
  • B.S.
    Tufts University
    1993
Appointments 
  • Assistant Attending Physician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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Professional Services: 
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The Pediatric Trauma Society
Other Interest: 
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
Metro Law: Robert Solomon
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada