Pediatrics Office Information and Policies

Hours

Monday & Wednesday: 9am-6pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am-5pm

Location

We are located on the 5th floor of 1207 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, near the corner of 12th Street and Chestnut Street. We are easily accessible via the Broad Street Line (City Hall stop) and the Market Frankford Line (13th Street stop). Just about any bus that travels near City Hall will get you to our practice. Use Google maps to find out how to get to us using public transportation. If you would choose to drive here we recommend leaving plenty of time in case of a traffic or parking issues.

Insurance

Philadelphia FIGHT has agreements with most major insurance companies. For those without insurance we are required by law to ask for payment according to a sliding fee scale. It is critical that your child be insured because even if we see you, many specialists will only see patients with insurance and many medications are too expensive to afford without insurance. If needed, we have a benefits coordinator who can support you with your application for health insurance.

Vaccines

It is our strong medical recommendation that all children receive vaccines according to the schedule provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We vaccinate our own children according to these schedules. Vaccines are safe, they are effective, and they save lives. When you vaccinate your child you are also protecting others in the community who are too weak, small or sick to protect themselves from dangerous diseases.

We also recognize that parents have a legal right to refuse to vaccinate for religious, medical or strong personal convictions. We will not shame or “kick out” families who have made these decisions. However, we will recommend catch-up vaccines to these families at every visit to our office with the expectation that these children will eventually become fully vaccinated.

Click below for the current recommended vaccine schedules. Please talk to your child’s provider for any questions.

Vaccine schedule for children from Birth to Age 6 Vaccine schedule for children from Age 7 through 18

Sick Visits

If you are having a medical emergency please go to the closest emergency room or call 911. However, if your child is sick, and it is not an emergency, please call us at 215-525-8600. We are available 24 hours a day to answer questions about your sick child. If you call after-hours or on the weekends just listen to the voicemail and at the very end you will be automatically connected with a nurse who will handle your phone call. If they are unable to handle your situation they will notify one of our medical providers who are on call 24 hours a day, even on weekends and holidays. Remember, if it is NOT an emergency and your child is sick please CALL US FIRST before going to an emergency department or an urgent care center. Many times we can handle your issue over the telephone, which will save you tons of time and stress.

Walk-in Visits

We will accept patients on a walk-in basis, however they must be already established as patients in our practice. Our walk-in hours are 9-10am and 1-2 pm (Monday-Friday). We cannot accommodate walk-in well child visits, these visits are meant for patients who are sick. We only accept a few walk-in patients per day so if you walk-in and we are completely booked there is a possibility that we might not be able to see you. We strongly recommend that you call our office and schedule an appointment if your child needs to be seen. In some cases we might be able to solve your problem without you having to come to our office, that would save you lots of time!

The only way to guarantee that your child will be seen is to arrive on-time for a scheduled appointment.

Program Information

  • Location: 1207 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 - 5th Floor

  • Phone: 215-525-8600. Fax: 215-567-1012

  • Contact: Dr. Mario Cruz

  • Email: pediatrics@fight.org

  • Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 9am-6pm - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am-5pm

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring fellows, residents and students.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who joins Philadelphia FIGHT as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He completed his undergraduate training in Biology and Psychology from Union College, his medical school training at Albany Medical College, his residency training at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and his Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center


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