Dr. Mona Tantawi
Dr. Tantawi is the founder of Hackensack Pediatrics with almost 40 years of pediatric experience. Dr. Tantawi graduated top of her class from Cairo University School of Medicine in Egypt in 1972. She received her M.D. degree at age 23. She then went on to complete her pediatric residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with the honor of being offered the Chief Resident position in only her 3rd year.
Board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Tantawi began her career as the Chief of out-patient pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center taking the honor of being the first full-time female pediatrician ever hired by the hospital. After seven years of devoted service. She then started her own private practice (Hackensack Pediatrics) in 1985 and going strong ever since. Currently holds an academic appointment as clinical assistant professor at UMDNJ and as an instructor at New York Medical College. She enjoys teaching medical students and residents.
Dr. Tantawi is a member of the Arab American Medical Association and she served as the president of the New Jersey Chapter. Her passion is humanitarian work and through non-for-profit organizations, such as EAMA and AAMA, and with the help of other physicians she has raised funds to establish a children cancer treatment unit in Cairo (Egypt), a burn unit in the West Bank (Palestine), and supported the medical care for the injured of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. In 2006 Dr. Tantawi helped organize a successful community health fair in Hackensack that provided free medical services to almost two thousand individuals of all ages.
None of her success would have been possible without the support of her late husband Adel Tantawi with whom she had two beautiful children, Mohamed (pediatrician at Hackensack Pediatrics) and Shirley (a special education consultant), whom she takes great pride in. She enjoys spending time with her four lovely grandchildren Yusuf, Malek, Jennah & Jebriel.