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Maimonides is Proud to Welcome Danielle Laraque, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Danielle Laraque, MD is the incoming Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Vice-President of the Infants & Children's Hospital of Brooklyn. 

Prior to joining Maimonides, Dr. Laraque was Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Public Policy and Advocacy at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Her academic appointments included Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Preventive Medicine, and the endowed Debra and Leon Black Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. Laraque received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA 1976). She completed her medical studies at UCLA where she received the Roy Markus Scholarship (1977-1981). Her internship and residency were completed at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in General Academic Pediatrics (1984-86). Her fellowship research focused on lead poisoning and calcium status in children. 

Dr. Laraque directed the joint Mount Sinai Faculty Development Program for Primary Care and Clinician Research Fellowship (General Academic Pediatrics and General Internal Medicine), and over a period of about a decade she trained countless fellows, residents and medical students. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in injury prevention, child abuse, adolescent health risk behaviors, and health care delivery in underserved communities. In the past several years, she has focused on system changes to integrate the identification, diagnosis and treatment of children's mental health problems in primary care settings.

She is the Immediate-Past-President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) District II (New York State) Vice Chair (2004-2010) . She was the AAP representative as the 2001 United States Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow and a former member of the National Institute of Mental Health Standing Committee on Interventions for Disorders Involving Children and Their Families (2006-2010).

Dr. Laraque was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1962. She is fluent in French, Creole, Italian and English. Dr. Laraque is married to Luigi Arena, MD, PhD and is the mother of two children, Marc Anthony and Julia Marie. 

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Danielle Laraque, MD
977 48th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219
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