Children’s Specialized Hospital Auxiliary To Honor Long-Time Hospital Doctors

MOUNTAINSIDE — On April 14, Children’s Specialized Hospital’s auxiliary and twigs volunteer groups will honor two of the hospital’s most prominent physicians, Dr. Uday Mehta and Dr. Martin Diamond, with its Morning Star Award. In addition to superior medical care, these doctors offer their patients and parents compassion and hope on a daily basis. Both doctors celebrate 30 years at Children’s Specialized Hospital this year.

Mehta is Associate Medical Director at the hospital specializing in Neuro-development and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. His programs include working with children who are diagnosed with autism, attention/deficit/hyperactivity disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and was formerly Chief of Developmental Disabilities at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He enjoys a national reputation for his research and extensive professional articles.


Diamond is Director of Outpatient Services and specializes in Pediatric Physiatry. His patients typically have diagnoses of Cerebral Palsy, neuromuscular disease and spinal cord dysfunction. He is considered to be a trend-setter constantly encouraging his patients to try activities above and beyond their therapies. Always an educator, he is a Clinical Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is the author of many clinical articles and has written a chapter for a textbook on rehabilitation medicine.

“These doctors are obvious choices for the Morning Star Award,” according to Nancy Jackson, President of the Auxiliary. “We designed the award to honor those who, in addition to their daily practice, offer renewed hope and possibilities to the children and their families.”

When asked to comment on his award, Mehta observed, “I have always loved working with children – it is so rewarding because they are so genuine in their responses. Of course it is a privilege to be part of a valued team providing such outstanding patient-and-family centered care.”

Diamond develops such close relationships with many patients that he is often part of their personal milestones attending bar mitzvahs, graduations and weddings.

The Morning Star Awards will be presented at Canoe Brook Country Club as part of the Auxiliary’s annual fund raising event which this year is a luncheon-fashion show. Persons who are interested in attending the event may call 1-908-522-1583 for further information and to purchase reservations.

Drs. Martin Diamond and Uday Mehta, of Children’s Specialized Hospital, will be honored with the Morning Star Award on April 14 at Canoe Brook Country Club. Dr. Diamond is pictured here with patient Christian Panarese. (Photo courtesy of Children’s Specialized Hospital)

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