Dr. Juan Tapia Mendoza, MD
Founder and CEO
Dr. Juan Tapia-Mendoza is the founder, CEO and president of Pediatrics 2000. He was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York. In 1978, he returned to Santo Domingo and enrolled in medical school at Universidad Central del Este. In the 1980's, Dr. Tapia began his training as a pediatrician at the Hospital Infantil de Mexico Federico Gomez in Mexico City. Dr. Tapia completed his post-doctoral studies at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst City Hospital Center.
Dr. Tapia became the first Dominican to hold the following positions: "Chief Resident in the Department of Pediatrics" at Elmhurst Hospital, coordinator of the hospital's Pediatric HIV clinic, and Chief of Pediatrics at a hospital in Manhattan (St. Clare's Hospital). He is a former faculty member at Columbia University, a former Community Affairs advisor to the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a former Pediatrician at Babies and Children's Hospital of New York. Dr. Tapia is currently affiliated with the Mount Sinai Hospital St. Luke's.
Dr. Tapia has received numerous awards for his community work. They include being recognized by the New York State Assembly as well as being honored as the New Yorker of the Week Award given by New York 1 Television station to outstanding citizens. In 2020, the documentary of Dr. Tapia's life story won a New York Emmy Award.
Dr. Robert Perello, MD
Medical Director Pediatrics 2000
Dr. Perello was born and raised in the Washington Heights area of New York and has over 30 years of experience as a pediatrician. He received his medical degree at the Universidad Autónoma in Santo Domingo. He completed his pediatrics residency in 1991 with the New York Medical College program at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. He went on to do a Fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Upon completion, he was a Clinical Instructor for the Columbia University
Department of Pediatric and Attending Physician at its Ambulatory Care Network Clinics (ACNC). Dr. Perello then moved to Miami, Florida where he practiced pediatrics for the next 16 years. There, he was part of the voluntary teaching Faculty for the University of Miami Department of Pediatrics. In 2011, he moved back to New York City to further his education. In May 2012, he received a Master's Degree in Public Health from The Mailman School at Columbia University. Since 2012 he has been the Medical Director of Pediatrics 2000. Dr. Perello has a keen interest in asthma and allergic diseases.
Dr. Reúcar Quijada, MD
Medical Director at 207th Street Clinic
Dr. Quijada has been serving the Washington Heights community since 1999. In 2001, Dr. Quijada joined Pediatrics 2000. Originally from Venezuela, Dr. Quijada graduated from Pedro Henriquez Urena University (UNPHU) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1991. He completed his residency in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine program in 1999. Dr. Quijada has a passion for General Pediatrics and Urgent Care.
Dr. Christina Chou, MD
Dr. Christina Lee Chou is a pediatrician of Chinese American descent who truly enjoys working with the culturally diverse community of urban New York City. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in chemistry and then received her medical degree from NYU School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric internship at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and completed her pediatric residency at Harvard University, Mass General Hospital. She has served on several medical missions in Bolivia, Honduras, Beijing and central Mongolia. She works at Pediatrics 2000 and loves spending the rest of her time with her three daughters.
Dr. Jolie Hsu, MD
Dr. Hsu is a pediatrician of Chinese American descent who speaks English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University Thomas Jefferson Medical College 6-year combined degrees (B.S./M.D.) program. Dr. Hsu then completed her pediatric residency at the Thomas Jefferson Medical College Nemours A. I. DuPont Hospital for Children program in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. Dr. Hsu has an interest in working with children with special needs. When not at work, Dr. Hsu enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends and going for runs in Riverside Park with her dog.
Dr. Patricio Gallardo
Originally from Ecuador, Dr. Patricio Gallardo received his medical degree from the Central University of Ecuador in Quito. Dr. Gallardo then went on to complete his pediatric internship and residency at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Tania Florimon is a Dominican American pediatrician who received her medical degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She went on to receive her Master's in Public Health from Hofstra University in New York. Dr. Florimon completed her pediatric residency program at the Flushing Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Haidang Nguyen
Dr. Haidang Nguyen is a pediatrician of Vietnamese descent ` who is passionate about working with immigrant populations having grown up ` in a Vietnamese community in Southern California. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in neuroscience and then received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and also completed the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Program in Flint, MI during the Flint Water Crisis. He then completed his pediatric internship and residency at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnon / Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital in New Jersey. He has volunteered in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Guatemala, Belize, and Vietnam. He enjoys traveling, practicing his Spanish and Portuguese, and spending time with his family, friends, and dog.
Dr. Benjamin Toral
Dr. Benjamin Toral is a Dominican American pediatrician who received his medical degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Dr. Toral completed his pediatric residency at the Icahn School of Medicine Elmhurst Hospital Center.
Dr. Sagar Pathak
Dr. Sagar Pathak received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Dr. Pathak completed his pediatric residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois. Aside from practicing medicine in various states, Dr. Pathak also served in medical missions in Guatemala. In his free time, Dr. Pathak enjoys playing soccer.