Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2013
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K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital's Steven Kairys, MD, MPH, FAAP is named pediatrician of the year

The American Academy of Pediatrics NJ Chapter bestows prestigious honor  

Neptune, NJ - K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital proudly announces that Steven W. Kairys, MD, MPH, FAAP was recently honored by The American Academy of Pediatrics New Jersey Chapter at its Third Annual New Jersey Children’s Ball as “Pediatrician of the Year” for his outstanding clinical care and continued dedication to improving the health and wellness of children, across New Jersey and nationally.

A general pediatrician with sub-board specialties in adolescent medicine and child abuse, Dr. Kairys serves as the Chair of Pediatrics at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Co-Medical Director of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, and as Professor of Pediatrics at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Kairys received his Medical Degree from Temple University, his Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health, and completed his pediatric residency at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr.  Kairys came to New Jersey in 1998 after 20 years of pediatric practice in New Hampshire. During his time in New Hampshire, he was President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the AAP and founder and first President of the New Hampshire Alliance for Children and Youth, a statewide advocacy organization. 

Dr. Kairys currently presides as chair of the NJ Council of Children’s Hospitals, and has served on a number of boards and committees including the National Institute for Child Health Quality (NICHQ). He is also Medical Director of the National AAP Quality Improvement and Innovation Networks (QuIIN). He was awarded WHO Fellowships in 1982 and 1989; the Best Teacher Award from Dartmouth in 1982 and 1989; and the Governor’s Award for Service to Children in New Hampshire in 1998.

Dr. Kairys has been the Medical Director and Chairman of the Board for the NJ Pediatric Council on Research and Education (PCORE) since its inception in 1999. Throughout his time as Medical Director, Dr. Kairys has been a medical champion for several PCORE initiatives related to improving pediatric health outcomes and office-based systems change, including: Medical Home, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Lead Poisoning Prevention. As a national leader in pediatric quality improvement and the prevention of child abuse and neglect, Dr. Kairys serves as the Principal Investigator for Strengthening Pediatric Partners, PCORE’s first quality improvement (QI) maintenance of certification (MOC) project. His involvement has been instrumental in developing it into a project that improves the quality of care that children and their families receive in pediatric offices across the state.

Dr. Kairys’s vision, leadership, and dedication have enabled PCORE to successfully unite diverse stakeholders, including chairpersons of competing hospitals, public health officials, and social service agencies, inviting them into the grassroots of health care — the primary care office, to improve health care systems through public policy and private practice changes.

“We are very proud that Dr. Kairys has been honored as ‘Pediatrician of the Year’ by The American Academy of Pediatrics New Jersey Chapter. As Co-Medical Director of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, he has helped establish and advance our hospital’s mission to provide the best health care experience for children in our area. He is truly passionate about providing exceptional care for children, and this recognition is well deserved,” says Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. 

About K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center:    
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. With more than 100 specialists, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is the largest provider of pediatric care in Monmouth and Ocean counties and the heart of Meridian Pediatric Network.  Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, and women’s specialty services.  For more information about K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit