NASSAU, New York — The Summit pediatric team at Princeton University has a lot to do over the next four years to meet a growing demand for its pediatric specialty.
The team plans to expand its team of pediatricians and staff and to invest in its network of providers, which include more than 30 schools and clinics, said Dr. Michael C. Cauci, a professor of pediatrics at Princeton and a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.
“The new school years are really about the critical roles we’re going to play in the delivery of the care that we offer and the community care that our community is providing,” he said.
The new year will also mark the first time that the team will have more than one pediatric orthopaedic surgeon working for it.
That could help it to address a growing number of patients who require intensive care services, or who have other issues, such as chronic health problems, Cauji said.
Summit pediatric is part of a growing field of orthopod care that includes both pediatric and pediatric surgical procedures.
The University of Rochester’s school of pediatrics and sports medicine is part in a program of more than 70 orthopedics centers around the world.
The medical center, which was established in 1873, is a partner of Princeton’s Pediatric Orthopedic Center, a partnership between the university and the University of California, Davis.
Cauci said he hopes to open more offices in the next five years.
Princeton has seen a rapid increase in demand for pediatric orthodontics care.
It has seen an average of 15 new pediatric orthosis procedures a year since the spring of 2018.
That number rose to more than 35 in 2019.
More than a dozen operations are scheduled to be performed in 2019 and 2020, according to the hospital’s website.
The school also plans to add more pediatric surgical training to its team, as well as to open two more orthopedias.
Cauli said the school will focus on helping pediatric patients get the most out of the medical profession.
“I think we need to be better at what we’re doing, because we’re a small school, and the size is very important,” he added.
“We’re looking at the next generation of the profession, and I think that’s really going to be a challenge.”