Richard A. Polin, MD

Expertise in: 
Neonatology
Board Certifications: 
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics
Treats Children
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Neonatology, Neonatal Care

Academic Appointments

  • William T. Speck, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center

Administrative Titles

  • Executive Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics
  • Chief, Division of Neonatology and Perinatology

Dr. Richard A. Polin is the William T Speck Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of New York and has been Director of the Division of Neonatology at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian since 1998. 

After earning BA and MD degrees from Temple University, Dr. Polin completed a pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and a pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Babies’ Hospital in NY. He was Pediatric Chief Resident there, from 1974-75 and Rustin McIntosh Fellow in Pediatrics from 1975-77.

An Associate Pediatrician at Children’s Hospital from 1975-1977, he was named Outstanding Pediatric Attending for 1976-1977. He won similar honors for 1978-79 and 1982-83 at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he held the positions of Director of the Housestaff Training Program, Assistant and Associate Physician-in-Chief, Academic Coordinator of Pediatrics, and Acting Director, Neonatology. Temple University’s Medical School named Dr. Polin its outstanding alumnus in 1995. In 1998, Dr. Polin returned to Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NY- Presbyterian as the Director of Neonatology and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. In 2005 he received the Physician of the Year Award both from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Division of Nursing. In the spring of 2006 Dr. Polin received the National Neonatal Education Award from the AAP’s Section on Perinatal Pediatrics. Dr. Polin has published over 200 original papers, 20 books (including Fetal and Neonatal Physiology, Workbook in Practical Neonatology, Pediatric Secrets, Fetal and Neonatal Secrets, Current Pediatric Therapy, Pocket Neonatology) and more than 200 abstracts. He is the past chair of the Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Dr. Polin is th current Chair of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network executive steering committee.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Temple University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Children's Memorial Hospital - Chicago
  • Residency: Babies & Children's Hospital - Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Residency: Children's Memorial Hospital - Chicago
  • Fellowship: Babies & Children's Hospital - Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Honors & Awards

Neonatal Education Award from the Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Physician of the Year Awards from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and New York Presbyterian. 

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Research

Grants

EFFECTIVENESS OF PICTOGRAPHS TO PREVENT WRONG-PATIENT ERRORS IN THE NICU (Federal Gov)

Aug 8 2018 - Jul 31 2023

PROVIDING EVIDENCE AND DEVELOPING A TOOLKIT TO ACCELERATE THE ADOPTION OF PATIENT PHOTOGRAPHS IN ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2017 - Jul 31 2021

PEDIATRIC SCIENTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (PSDP) K12 (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2014 - Jun 30 2017

HYBRID OPTICAL/DOPPLER IMAGING OF ISCHEMIA IN NEC: A MULTICE NTER TRIAL (Federal Gov)

Dec 1 2010 - Nov 30 2015

WIRELESS CARDIORESPIRATOR MONITOR FOR NEONATES (Federal Gov)

Oct 1 2011 - Oct 1 2013

SHOULD VERY LOW BIRTH WEIGHT INFANTS RECEIVE ENTERAL NUTRITI ON DURING TREATMENT FOR A PATENT DUCTUS ARTERIOSUS? A MULTI (Private)

Jun 1 2009 - Feb 28 2013