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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






 9/7/16: We are now starting to schedule FLU VACCINES.  All persons 6 months and older are recommended to receive an annual flu vaccine.  Influenza can be a debilitating and deadly disease, even in previously healthy persons. At this time, we have a limited number of available appointments, with more expected to open as we get further into autumn. If your child has a routine checkup scheduled for this fall, he or she may receive the vaccine at that time.  Otherwise, please call 914-725-0800 during regular hours to speak with a nurse or medical assistant. Children under the age of 9 years who have never received a flu vaccine require 2 doses, at least one month apart.  If your child has a severe egg allergy, please speak with your child's allergist first. In order to protect your children and prevent the spread of the flu, it is equally important for parents, grandparents, and all other care-givers to receive their annual flu vaccines from their own doctors.  By recommendation of the CDC, FluMIst (nasal flu vaccine) will NOT be available this year.



 Dear Patients:  Beginning in May 2016 we will be implementing electronic medical records.  Like a home renovation, the finished product will be state-of-the-art and wonderful.  However, the process of converting all of our records and learning to use the system efficiently will take time.  Therefore, we hope you will "pardon our dust" as we may seem a little busier and visits may take a little longer over the coming months. Ultimately, access to your child's immunizations and other records through a patient portal will become part of the finished product.  As always, our ultimate goal is to provide your children with the best care possible and these necessary changes will help toward that end.  We thank our patients for their patience.





  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:




From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Optimum amount of sleep for children (minimum and maximum in 24 hrs.)

   Ages 4-12 months:  12-16 hours (including naps)

   Ages 1-2 years:        11-14 hours (including naps)

   Ages 3-5 years:        10-13 hours (including naps)

   Ages 6-12 years:        9-12 hours 

   Ages 13-18 years:      8-10 hours




 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).


We are not participating with any Exchange plans at this time, the following plans are all regular Commercial plans.  Please call your insurance company to verify that we are participating with your plan.


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