Jocelyn Alfieri had confidence in Greenwich Hospital before rushing to the Emergency Department with her husband, Ryan Sokolowski, and their four-and-a-half year-old son Hunter. What surprised her, however, was how quickly young Hunter – even through the pain of a dislocated elbow – became a fan. Jocelyn attributes this to the terrific care of Karen Santucci, MD, section chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.
“My favorite part of the entire experience in the emergency room was that Dr. Santucci walked straight to our son first. She got down on his level, addressed him and asked him what was going on. Then she introduced herself to us. She made him comfortable first, then us,” Jocelyn said.
“Dr. Santucci joked with Hunter and made him laugh. After resetting his elbow, she gave him toy cars and when he returned to school the next week he told everyone ‘The doctor fixed my arm and gave me cars – two of them!’”
Nearly 10,000 children visit the Greenwich Hospital Emergency Department every year. Thanks to Dr. Santucci, the ED is staffed 24/7 with pediatric emergency medicine specialists. She has played an active role in developing this department and the Pediatric Hospitalist program, which provides round-the-clock physicians, certified in pediatrics, to the pediatric inpatient floor.
At this year’s Under the Stars fundraising event to benefit Pediatrics and Women’s Health, Greenwich Hospital is proud to honor Dr. Karen Santucci for her extraordinary skills in pediatric emergency medicine. Her sensitivity to the emotional welfare of young patients is an innate skill that makes her exceptional. Her passion and drive set her apart as a true leader in the field.
Dr. Santucci is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY and her Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Hasbro Children’s Hospital/Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, RI.
She has been at Yale for 20 years and is the section chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the pediatric vice chair of Clinical Affairs at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. She is a professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. She works both at Yale Children’s and Greenwich Hospital. She has authored numerous research papers, book chapters and review articles and has received many teaching awards from both Brown and Yale and continues to receive invitations annually to speak nationally on such topics as Clinical Forensic Medicine, Pediatric Psychiatric Emergencies, Trauma, and Risk Management.
Karen is regularly out in the community either at hockey rinks with her daughter or interacting with and teaching school nurses and students about the effects of drugs and alcohol on the developing brain. She also meets regularly with community Pediatric, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine providers discussing Pediatric specific issues.