DANVILLE - Dr. Janis Maksimak, M.D., has been appointed director of general pediatrics at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), and will oversee the general pediatrics operations at GMC and Geisinger-Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.

Maksimak has been a practicing pediatrician at GMC since 1985. During her tenure at GMC, she has held several leadership positions in the department of pediatrics, including director of the newborn nursery from 1988 to 1996, director from the pediatric residency program from 1998 to 2001 and resident continuity clinical director, a post she has held since 1996. In addition to her clinical appointments, Maksimak also spent nearly 20 years as a clinical assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, and since 2007 has held the same position with Temple University, also in Philadelphia.

"Throughout her illustrious career, Maksimak has displayed a level of professionalism and leadership that made her the unquestionable choice for this position," said Dr. Michael Ryan, chairman, Janet Weis Children's Hospital. "We're confident that the youngest patients in our region are in the most caring and capable hands with Maksimak at the helm."

Prior to joining Geisinger, Makismak spent two years in private practice in Williamsport. She also spent one year as an emergency department attending pediatrician at Harvard University's Boston Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she completed a pediatric fellowship in 1982. A 1978 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, Maksimak completed a pediatrics internship and residency at the University of California-Los Angeles Hospital and Clinics in 1979 and 1981 respectively.

Maksimak is board certified in pediatrics and a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Pediatric Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society and Montour County Medical Society. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a distinction she has held since 1984.