Melissa J. Goldstein, MD, along with the rest of her esteemed Carnegie Hill Pediatrics colleagues, proudly serves the children of New York City’s Upper East Side. She earned her medical degree in 1999 from Cornell University Medical College, served her internship and pediatric residency at New York-Weill Cornell Hospital, and currently lives in New York City with her son.
After completing her residency, Dr. Goldstein practiced pediatric medicine in Russia for four years, working among Moscow’s large expatriate community. During her time in Moscow, Dr. Goldstein performed pre-adoption evaluations for international couples who wanted to adopt Russian orphans.
After that, Dr. Goldstein worked with Dr. Jane Aronson at New York City’s International Pediatric Health Services. There, she provided pediatric care for adopted children.
Today, Dr. Goldstein dedicates much of her time to helping families navigate the steps to adoption, practicing adoption medicine and offering pre-adoption medical counseling. She can recommend and provide travel vaccinations, new adoptive-parent counseling, and give cultural insight to parents in the process of adopting in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Goldstein can also screen preliminary videos and any available records from adopted children for potential considerations before they come home. She has expert knowledge about the health issues unique to orphans, and as a mother herself, she understands the nuances of raising children, so she can make personal connections with other parents.
Dr. Goldstein is a co-founder of the Ready to Parent Lecture Series, preparing new parents to bring newborns into their lives. Dr. Goldstein is also a certified American Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor. She teaches these life-saving procedures to Ready to Parent students and other families that request them.