Dr. Alicia Pointer, DO, MPH, FAAP

I am a general pediatrician with a passion for expanding knowledge- that of my families, my patients and my own. One of my favorite parts of my job is working with parents to discover and build on their children’s strengths. And while I stay up to date on the health issues that are relevant to my work, I have learned many of my tips and insights directly from families.

Many of my pediatric passions are driven by curiosity. It’s a trait that has served me well as a pediatrician and has also helped me with my own kids. Part of our job as parents is to ask A LOT of questions: “Peek-a-boo, where’s the baby?” “What’s in your ear?” “Did you do your homework?” “When can we expect you home?” I can’t answer all of those (except the ear one; we have tools for that!). But hopefully, my love of questions will give you some peace of mind to focus on the most important ones.

Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to write and speak on a variety of topics including children’s health, pediatric trauma, foster care and COVID-19. I was Chief of Pediatrics at Cornerstone Family Healthcare where I founded and direct the STAR Program, which provides medical care and healthcare coordination to children in foster care. I serve on the Advisory Council of the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York and am a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care. I also advocate for my patients and amplify the voices of families who want to create healthy and safe communities.