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Scarsdale Pediatric Associates, PC

William Lee, MD, FAAP;Scott D. Bookner, MD, FAAP;Judith P. Halpern, MD, FAAP, Amanda Menco, MD, FAAP .....914-725-0800 or 914-725-0801

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Scarsdale Pediatrics is a friendly, state-of-the-art medical practice specializing in the care of children and adolescents from birth until 21 years of age.   Our office is conveniently located in the center of the Village of Scarsdale and has on-site valet parking.    We are open seven days per week and have evening hours.  We have separate waiting rooms for sick and well children.  Drs. Lee, Bookner, Halpern  are board-certified and have  been practicing pediatrics for at least 20 years. Dr. Menco is board-certified and has recently completed her pediatric residency training at one of the finest institutions in the New York metropolitan area.   Dr. Bookner is  the  past-Director of Pediatrics at White Plains Hospital Center.  Dr. Lee is the camp physician for Camp Mohawk in White Plains.



Now located at 7 Popham Rd. We're  at 7 Popham Rd., 3rd floor, down the hall from Soul Cycle and above CVS.  There is valet parking by attendants on the ground floor, for a reduced fee. 


 Directions From Your Home: Click on the following link.

Scarsdale Pediatrics Mapquest Directions






 January 2, 2015:  Flu vaccines still available:

Flu season is fully upon us.  It is recommended by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Dept. of Health that all persons 6 months of age or older receive a flu  (influenza) vaccine yearly. The flu is a potentially debilitating and even deadly disease that is preventable.  Children under the age of 9 years who have not received flu vaccines in the past require 2 doses this season, at least one month apart.  All others require one dose.   Children at least 2 years of age, with no history of asthma/reactive airways disease/wheezing and who are not immunocompromised or living with someone who is immunocompromised may receive FluMist, which is a live nasally-administered vaccine that is just as effective as the shot.     We currently have flu shots and a limited supply of FluMist Nasal.       You may call for an appointment (during regular hours please) for the Flu Shot or FluMist Nasal.   As our nurses have been inundated with requests, please be patient as they try to accommodate everybody as conveniently as possible.  About half of the circulating flu vaccine this year is not well-covered by the vaccine.  Nevertheless, the rest of the strains are covered, and receiving vaccine protection is much safer than no protection at all.



  Information about MEASLES vaccination from Dr. Hassink, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics:




If you encounter a problem with the phone system, our answering service can be reached directly by calling 914-524-8862.  Please do NOT call this number unless the usual number (725-0800 or 725-0801) is out of order.

 Parents can find very specific information about the vaccines their baby needs from several reliable sources:  
NYSDOH, CDC’s, and the American Academy of Pediatrics






The CDC and Department of Health recommend that because of cases of MEASLES being brought into this country by travelers, all children between 6 months and 12 months receive a dose of MMR vaccine before ANY TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE U.S.  Normally, children receive the first dose at age 1 year and the 2nd dose at age 4 years.  The new recommendation also is for children over 1 year to receive the 2nd dose before traveling.  (Note that New York State requires 2 doses of MMR after the age of 12 months, prior to entering 1st grade.  Therefore, if a child receives a dose between 6 and 12 months for travel, it will not count toward these 2 doses)

Health advisory: Those traveling to the Carribean, especially people performing missionary work, are at risk for dengue fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes.  It is important to use mosquito repellent and mosquito netting, especially in places and times of day when mosquitoes are prevalent.  See:





 Video clearly explaining 1998 fraudulent Wakefield study and why there has scientifically proven to be NO LINK between vaccines and autism.  Please watch:



The bottom line:

MMR is safe.

Measles is deadly.

Mumps and rubella are extremely dangerous, too.









Did you know that many popular sports drinks have MORE sugar than cola?  Only use sports drinks when your child is performing prolonged strenuous exercise or exercise in excessive heat.  Otherwise, water is best during sports and at meals/snacks. 







Watch this space for notices about the office or important public health issues in the news.






Remember that all children between 40 and 80 lbs. must be in a booster seat when riding in a car (unless over 4 ft., 9 in.) and must be in the back seat.




Studies have shown that decreasing one's time watching TV or sitting in front of the computer can significantly decrease one's BMI (body mass index).


Useful Websites:


American Academy of Pediatrics: www.aap.orgfor all kinds of pediatric health information


Centers for Disease Control -  foreign travel information:


Vaccine information from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:

A non-profit organization committed to providing accurate information about vaccines


White Plains Hospital


Car Seat Information

 Go to to find out where you can have your car seat inspected.

Car Seats for Special Needs Children


New York State Department of Health:


Westchester County Department of Health:


Quit smoking:


Children of Alcoholics Foundation:


Donate to help end cancer in children:


Scarsdale Pediatric Associates, PC


7 Popham Rd.

3rd floor

Scarsdale, NY 10583


phone: 914-725-0800

   or  725-0801


fax: 914-722-4501



Monday 9am-7pm

Tuesday 9am-7pm

Wednesday 9am-7pm

Thursday 9am-7pm

Friday 9am-7pm

Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday: for emergencies (call first)


Insurances we accept:

(If you are not sure if your insurance is accepted, please call.  Also, newly accepted insurances may not be listed yet.  If your insurance is not on this list, please call to check).


Aetna Health Plan


Cigna PPO


Empire Blue Choice

(except indemnity and traditional plans)


Choice Care  (may be noted on Humana cards) 


Health Plus Amerigroup




Multiplan (NOT through GHI plan)


Oxford Health Plans






United Health Care

(except the Empire Govt Plan)



Hospital affiliations:


Admitting privileges at White Plains Hospital


Consulting privileges at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center


Affiliated with Columbia Presbyterian