Saint Barnabas Medical Center Welcomes Pediatric Specialty Providers

The Physicians’ Expertise Includes Pediatric Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary Care

West Orange, NJ, March 1, 2021 – Saint Barnabas Medical Center has welcomed new physicians to the Pediatric Specialty Center, a member of the combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health. The providers bring additional expertise to the West Orange community in pediatric endocrinology, infectious diseases and pulmonary care.

“We are committed to providing our community with the highest quality pediatric healthcare services delivered with compassionate care,” said Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “The addition of these physicians helps strengthen the outstanding pediatric specialty services available at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.”

Recent additions to the Pediatric Specialty Center include:

  • Anas Al-Turki, MD, Pediatric Pulmonology: Dr. Al-Turki attended King Faisal University and completed his residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College. He went on to complete a fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/ Ohio State University. Also affiliated with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Al-Turki’s clinical areas of interest include asthma, recurrent pneumonia, aerodigestive disorders, cystic fibrosis, and chronic cough.
  • Barry Dashefsky, MD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Dr. Dashefsky has been engaged in the practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases for 40 years and was awarded fellowship status by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. His clinical interests span the full gamut of pediatric infectious diseases, ranging from common ambulatory infections to infections in patients with compromised immune systems. Dr. Dashefsky attended Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), Boston, MA. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at TUSM-The Floating Hospital, Boston, MA; a chief residency in Ambulatory Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA.
  • Angela Verardo, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology: Dr. Verardo attended New York Medical College and completed her residency in pediatrics from NYU School of Medicine. She went on to complete a research and clinical pediatric endocrine fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her clinical areas of interest include Diabetes I & II, calcium metabolism issues, rare bone disease and pubertal disorders. Dr. Verardo is also affiliated with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
  • Peter Wenger, MD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Dr. Wenger is a graduate of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed a residency in Pediatrics and International Child Health at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. His interests include the entire spectrum of pediatric infectious diseases as well as immunizations throughout the life span, healthcare-associated infection prevention, infectious disease outbreak, pandemic investigation and mitigation as well as public health preparedness.

Drs. Al-Turki, Dashefsky, Verardo, and Wenger are accepting patients at the Pediatric Specialty Center, located at 375 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange, NJ. The Pediatric Specialty Center offers a wealth of outstanding pediatric specialties, advanced technologies and a full scope of programs and services in an outpatient setting. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call 973-322-6900.

About Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Since 1865, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), New Jersey’s oldest nonsectarian hospital, has worked to exceed our community’s highest expectations for compassionate, comprehensive health care. The 597-bed institution is one of the largest health care providers in the state, treating more than 32,000 inpatients and close to 95,000 Emergency Department patients each year. Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center provide treatment and services for more than 300,000 outpatient visits annually. Saint Barnabas Medical Center has long been recognized as a leader in providing the highest level of patient care—delivering more than 6,300 babies annually which is one of the largest programs in the state, leading the nation in Kidney Transplant, and providing more than 100 medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty services. RWJBarnabas Health and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. For more information, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit www.rwjbh.org/saintbarnabas. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is located 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039.