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About Us

Ramon J.C. Murphy, MD, MPH

Specialty:  Pediatrics, Community Medicine

Ramon Murphy founded Uptown Pediatrics in 1982. He received his undergraduate education at University of Notre Dame, his medical degree at Northwestern University, and his MPH at Columbia University. After doing internships in both internal medicine and pediatrics in Chicago, Dr. Murphy then returned to New York to complete his pediatric residency at Columbia and his community medicine fellowship at Mount Sinai. He is currently a clinical professor of pediatrics and of community medicine at Mount Sinai, where he serves on numerous committees. Dr. Murphy is particularly interested in adolescent medicine and delivery of care to underserved communities. He worked at the Adolescent Health Center for almost 20 years and is co-director of Mount Sinai's Global Health Center. Dr. Murphy was named to New York Magazine's Top Doctors in New York for the last five years, as well as to the "Best Doctors in America," "America's Top Pediatricians," and "America's Top Doctors." When not in the office, he enjoys family dinners, golfing, and fishing.

John Larsen, MD

Specialty:  Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease

John Larsen has been a doctor at Uptown Pediatrics since 1985. A New Yorker since birth, Dr. Larsen received his BA at Queens College and his MD at Downstate Medical Center. He stayed in New York to complete his pediatric residency, chief residency, and pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr Larsen is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a former president of the New York Pediatric Society. As an associate clinical professor and associate attending at Mount Sinai Hospital, he is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents. He has published several scholarly articles on topics in infectious disease, and remains the office expert on pediatric infectious disease and dermatology. Dr Larsen's interests include, biking, reading, and music. He occasionally leaves the island of Manhattan to go hiking and enjoy the outdoors.

Signe Larson, MD

Specialty:  Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology

Signe Larson has been with Uptown Pediatrics since 1995. Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Dr. Larson moved to New York to attend college at Hunter. Dr Larson received her medical degree from SUNY Stony Brook, completed a year of family practice in Vancouver B.C. and then returned to New York for her pediatrics residency at Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Diabetes Association, and Lawson Wilkens Pediatric Endocrine Society. Dr. Larson is the author of The Idiot's Guide to Babies, and has published articles related to endocrinology in medical journals. She is particularly interested in growth, diabetes, cell biology, and cancer.

Beth Cohen, MD

Specialty:  Pediatrics

Beth Cohen has been at Uptown Pediatrics since 1988. Dr. Cohen completed her undergraduate studies at University of Florida and Tulane, and her medical degree at University of Miami. She then moved to New York City where she completed three years of pediatric training at Mount Sinai Hospital. After completing residency, she went into private practice right away because she "absolutely loves children." Dr. Cohen is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also married to a pediatrician, and is the proud mother of three children.

Daniel Cammerman, MD

Specialty:  Pediatrics

Daniel Cammerman grew up in England and completed his BA and MA at Oxford University in Mathematics and Computation. After a short period in industry working in the field of medical informatics, he came to the US for medical school at The University of Chicago. Dr. Cammerman completed a three-year pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Hospital before joining Uptown Pediatrics in 2000. He remains active in medical education at Mount Sinai, where he is director of the Pediatric Intern Support Group. Dr. Cammerman's particular areas of interest include the use of computers in medicine and the care of the chronically sick child. He is also the Uptown Pediatrics computer expert , and the driving force behind our new electronic medical records system.

Ivanya Landon Alpert, MD

Specialty:  Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine

Ivanya Landon Alpert joined Uptown Pediatrics in 2006. Dr. Alpert is a native New Yorker who received her BA from Harvard College in 1994 and her medical degree from The University of Pittsburgh in 2000. She then returned to New York to complete her pediatric residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Alpert has particular expertise working with teenagers, and she has presented nationally on various adolescent health topics. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Alpert is in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She spends the other days at home chasing after her three children.

Jennifer Cerasoli, MD

Specialty:  Pediatrics

Dr. Cerasoli joined the practice in 2009. After completing her undergraduate degree in Biology and Society at Cornell University, she went on to obtain her medical degree at New York Medical College and completed her pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Hospital where she served as Pediatric Chief Resident. Dr. Cerasoli is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents. Dr. Cerasoli, who also speaks Spanish, is particularly interested in child advocacy and outreach to children with developmental disabilities. We are pleased to have her as part of the group.

Michelle L. Klein, MD

Specialty:  Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Klein, who has covered our practice since 2008, is now an official member of our group. In addition to being a board certified pediatrician, Dr. Klein also specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology. Dr. Klein received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from UCLA, her master's degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University; and her medical degree from New York Medical College. Dr. Klein completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she served an additional year as Pediatric Chief Resident. Dr. Klein, then went on to complete her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology, also at Mount Sinai Hospital. During her training at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Klein maintained an active schedule in the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows and, in this regard was honored with the Arnold Gold Humanism in Medicine Teaching Award. Dr. Klein is particularly interested in growth and short stature, thyroid disease, children born small for gestational age, abnormal pubertal development, and has authored many publications on these topics. In her spare time, Dr. Klein enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, dancing, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Emese Szirtes, RN, CLC

Specialty:  Pediatric Nursing, Lactation Counseling

Emese Szirtes also known as Nurse Mesi (mè-shee) has a vital role in helping to keep our patients healthy since 2006. In addition to her being the Practice's Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Mesi holds certification in lactation counseling and is our in-house breast-feeding expert. When she's not educating our parents on the safety and importance of vaccination and helping our new moms with breastfeeding, she's spending quality time with her energetic son!

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