Yonit Lax, MD

Chief, Pediatric Community Health

Maimonides Physician


Pediatric Primary Care


English, Hebrew

About Me

Yonit Lax, MD is an Attending Physician in the Division of General Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine, and Population Health at Maimonides Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. As a pediatrician who believes in treating the whole child, she takes a holistic approach to understanding more than what makes you sick but also what makes you healthy. She loves working with families from birth up to adolescence, and helping them navigate their path. Dr. Lax attended The George Washington University Honors Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs where she concentrated on Global Health, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa enrollment. She received her post-baccalaureate in premedical studies at The Johns Hopkins University, and acquired her Doctor of Medicine from The George Washington University School of medicine where she was made a member of the Gold Humanism Honors Society. Dr. Lax completed an internship, residency, and chief residency in Social Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore where she received the Chairman's Award for Distinction in Research, the Daniel Leicht Award for Outstanding Achievement, and was inducted into the Leo Davidoff Society for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Lax's research focus is on social determinants of health and medical education. While at Montefiore she had a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors to start a curriculum on advocacy for pediatric residents and medical students. She has presented her work nationally and published several papers. Dr. Lax is the principal investigator for two HRSA Healthy Tomorrow Grants at Maimonides Children's Hospital that integrate mental health into primary care- one which focuses on school age children and one on early childhood, and the recipient of the Maimonides Research and Development Foundation Grant for her research on Social and Emotional Needs for Children Before and During COVID 19.

Areas of Expertise

  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Primary Care

Conditions Treated

  • Reproductive Health
  • Preventive Health Care
  • Newborn Care & Breastfeeding
  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Acute Illness
  • Parenting 7 Psychosocial
  • Ex-Premature (NICU Discharge) Babies
  • Children with Chronic Medical Conditions


  • Sore Throat
  • Colds
  • Ear Infections
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Routine Vaccinations


Medical Degree

George Washington University School of Medicine


Children's Hospital of Montefiore


Children's Hospital of Montefiore


General Pediatrics


  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • ElderPlan
  • 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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