Ingrid A. Walker Descartes, MD, MPH, MBA

Vice Chair, Pediatrics

Maimonides Physician


Pediatric Primary Care


English, Spanish

About Me

Dr. Ingrid Walker-Descartes is a pediatrician and the Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Pediatrics, at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She is also the Program Director for the Pediatrics residency training program as well as the Child Abuse fellowship. Dr. Walker-Descartes completed her residency at New York Methodist Hospital, followed by a fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ingrid Walker-Descartes is active in research and authored several publications and educational materials, and given many presentations. Her academic appointments include an HRSA Clinical Research Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she also is an instructor. Dr. Walker-Descartes is the Co-chair for the Child Protection Committee and Co-chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapter 2 Committee on the Prevention of Family Violence. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. She is an APA New Century Scholar Junior Mentor, part of the AAP Special Interest Group on Child Abuse and Neglect, and a Faculty Scholar at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Office of Ethnic and Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Walker-Descartes has been the recipient of numerous honors, such as the Woodward Scholarship of the Office of Ethnic and Multicultural Affairs, the Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award, the Fannie Henry Rice Scholarship, and the Rochester Prize Scholarship. She is involved in community service including the Organization for International Development, which provides medical outreach to underserved communities in Jamaica without access to healthcare.

Areas of Expertise

  • Maltreatment Services
  • Child Advocacy-Like Model (CALM)
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Primary Care

Conditions Treated

  • General Pediatrics
  • Child &
  • Adolescent Development
  • Child Maltreatment Concerns
  • Common Diseases of Childhood
  • Injuries and Injury Prevention
  • Pediatric Nutrition
  • Preventative Health
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • Primary Pediatric Care
  • Child Abuse Management
  • Urgent Care
  • Immunizations


Medical Degree

University of Rochester


New York Methodist Hospital


New York Methodist Hospital


Mount Sinai Medical Center


Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatrics


  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Empire Plan (United Healthcare)
  • Fidelis
  • HealthFirst
  • Hotel Trades
  • Local 1199
  • MagnaCare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • MetroPlus
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • VNS Choice
  • Wellcare
  • WTC Health Program

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