Maria Childers

Maria Childers

MD, FAAP

I was born in Zaragoza, Spain, the oldest of five children.  I came to the United States when I was seven years old and grew up in a medical home where my father was a general surgeon and my mother a nurse.  I was fascinated with medicine and knew from a young age that I wanted to become a doctor and help people. The tough decision came when I realized I loved kids as much as I loved medicine and struggled between wanting to become a doctor or become a teacher.  This is where my parents helped me make the decision to become a pediatrician.  I could work with kids and still practice medicine – my dream come true!  I was in middle school at that time… and my decision to become a pediatrician never wavered.

I attended The Pennsylvania State University in State College and graduate with a bachelor of science degree in biology.  From there I was accepted to the University of Medicinal and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ)/Robert Wood Johnson Medicine School in Piscataway, NJ.  I subsequently completed my pediatric residency and training The New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell campus in NYC and rotated through the Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

I joined the Pediatric and Adolescent Center in January of 2011 after my two sons and I relocated to Lewes to be closer to family.  Prior to moving to Delaware, I worked for duPont at Jefferson in Philadelphia and at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, PA working with and helping train residents and medical students.  Following those experiences, I worked in private practice while living in Greensburg, PA and Portsmouth, OH.  I am currently on staff at Bayhealth Hospital in Milford and have admitting privileges at the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.  I enjoy working with all of my patients and their families and find that they teach me so much each and every day!  I am an advocate for patients having a central medical home and firmly believe all children and their parents should have a clear understanding about their medical health.  I have enjoyed practicing medicine in the region and look forward to many more years.

Undergraduate Education:

  • The Pennsylvania State University: 1994

Medical Education:

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: 1998

Residency:

  • The New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell campus: 2001

Board Certifications:

  • Pediatrics: 2001, re-certification 2008

Affiliations:

  • Bayhealth Hospital in Milford
  • Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children