Why Choose Metropolitan Pediatrics? - 
  Metropolitan Pediatrics provides high-quality pediatric care from our offices on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  
  We care for children from birth to college age.  
  Our pediatricians - and patients - come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, and we offer comprehensive yet practical advice to parents.  
  We relocated in 2009 to brand new offices at 254 West 87th Street.  
  Our expanded office space is just half a block from the New York City subway entrance at 87th Street and Broadway.  
  We have direct street access, no stairs to climb, a parking garage next door, and plenty of stroller parking inside.  
  For more information, see below and elsewhere on this Web site, or call us to attend one of our monthly information sessions.
  Answers to frequently asked questions appear below.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published guidance on questions that parents should ask when selecting a pediatrician.  (Read them on www.aap.org.)   Below we provide answers to these questions and to others that are important to consider as you decide on the right practice for you and your family.

What are your office hours?

Metropolitan Pediatrics has office hours Monday through Friday, as well as on Saturday afternoon during the school year. Our office hours extend into the evening on Monday through Thursday, in order to accommodate parents who cannot come to the office during normal business hours.

Because of our proximity to the New York City subway system, the office remains open even in inclement weather conditions. For detailed information on our office hours and location, click here or on the "Office Hours & Location" button above.

Do you have a separate waiting area for sick and well children?

Yes. We have a large waiting room, and patients who are sick are seated separately from newborns and other children who are in the office for vaccinations and routine check-ups.

Is my pediatrician available by phone or e-mail?

During office hours, non-urgent telephone messages can be left by calling the office, and one of our pediatricians will call you back after scheduled appointments are over, and earlier if possible.

Due to federal privacy regulations, we currently are not able to exchange confidential medical information with individual patients via email messages. We do use Twitter to post updates on flu outbreaks, vaccine information and timely medical news. Follow us on Twitter @MetroPedsNYC by clicking below.

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Is emergency coverage available 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Does the practice have an after-hours answering service?

Yes. We have a pediatrician on call whenever the office is closed to handle urgent questions that cannot wait until the office reopens. After hours, our answering service will page the on call pediatrician. All calls are returned by a Metropolitan Pediatrics doctor, not by a doctor from another practice, a contract physician or an after-hours nursing service.

Where are patients referred after hours?

Our on call pediatrician will respond to after-hours calls and help you assess the type of care needed. In urgent situations that cannot wait until the office reopens, the on call pediatrician will guide you to the appropriate hospital emergency room depending on where you are located.

What hospital(s) do you prefer to use?

If your child needs to be hospitalized, we will recommend a New York City hospital based on the particular needs of your child. Our pediatricians have direct hospital privileges at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospitals and at Lenox Hill Hospital, and we visit those hospitals on a daily basis throughout the year to see patients.

Do you provide access to pediatric specialists, if needed?

Yes. We have an extensive network of pediatric sub-specialists to whom we refer based on individual circumstances.

Do you accept insurance?

We accept virtually all of the private insurance plans that are prevalent in and around New York City. Please stop by or call the office to check on whether we accept your insurance plan. We do not accept Medicaid.

How does the office handle billing and insurance claims? Is payment due at the time of the visit?

For those patients who have an insurance plan accepted by Metropolitan Pediatrics, we will handle all of the required paperwork and submit a claim for payment by your insurance company to us. Any co-payments must be paid at the time of service. For patients who do not have an insurance plan accepted by us, payment in full must be made at the time of service.

What is your overall orientation and philosophy about caring for children with special needs?

Our doctors have a long history of working with children whose medical conditions call for focused and specialized care. We work with our patients, their families, and any necessary specialists to establish and maintain the optimum level of medical care needed.

How do I find out more about Metropolitan Pediatrics?

Elsewhere on this Web site, we have background information on each of the doctors in the practice, our office hours and location, and answers to common medical questions.

Each month we also hold an information session for expecting parents and other families who are considering Metropolitan Pediatrics and would like to meet one of our doctors and ask additional questions. Please call us at (212) 496-6440 to find out when the next session is scheduled.

And for the most up-to-date information about the practice, including this week's "bug-of-the-week" (the illness that is most prevalent in the community this week), you can follow us on Twitter. The Twitter feed is available to all, even if you are not a Metropolitan Pediatrics patient. Follow us on Twitter @MetroPedsNYC by clicking below.

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