Our Honorees

 Jeffrey R. Avner, MD, FAAP

Chair, Pediatrics

Maimonides Medical Center

Dr. Jeffrey Avner is the Chairman of Pediatrics at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. Dr. Avner graduated from Johns Hopkins University and earned his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed both his pediatric residency and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For almost 20 years, he was the Division Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx as well as Co-Director of Medical Student Education and Professor of Pediatrics at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since assuming the role of Chair of Pediatrics at Maimonides in 2017, Dr. Avner has overseen an expansion of Maimonides Pediatric Services including development of new physician outreach and networking activities, growth of pediatric inpatient services and increased breadth of pediatric outpatient specialists. Maimonides Children’s Hospital is Brooklyn’s only Children’s Hospital, only Pediatric Trauma Center, and the only facility in the borough that is a member of the national Children’s Oncology Group.


Dr. Avner has been a member of many national committees related to Pediatric Emergency Medicine including the Emergency Medicine Section Executive Committee of the AAP, editor of the section newsletter, and contributing editor for AAP Grand Rounds. He has been the program chairperson for the AAP Emergency Medicine section meeting for several years, the course director for a national review course for Pediatric Emergency Medicine as well as an editor for an AAP online self-assessment for Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr Avner has received numerous awards for excellence in both medical student and resident teaching.


Dr. Avner is also an internationally recognized expert in pediatric emergencies and has published more than 200 original studies, review articles, chapters and abstracts on a variety of topics, but his specific interest is the management of febrile children. His work on febrile infants has been published in Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Care, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine and The New England Journal of Medicine.