Christian Hietanen, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Primary Care

Dr. Christian Hietanen

Dr. Hietanen received his undergraduate degree from Canisius College and then went on to medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, he founded the NYCOM Pediatric Club and upon graduation received the award for excellence in pediatrics. Dr. Hietanen did his pediatric residency at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where he was consistently recognized as one of the top residents in the program. He is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr Hietanen takes a special interest in the care of asthma and allergies, educating new parents, as well as pediatric physical fitness. He is deeply involved with charity work, mostly centered on helping children with cancer, and community service. In his free time, he enjoys various outdoor activities and spending time with his family.

Courses Taught:

Physical Diagnosis

Early Clinical Education


Pediatrics Clerkship


DO - 2002, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY

BS - 1998, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

Board Certifications:


Hospital Appointments:

Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Professional Affiliations:

American Academy of Pediatrics

Areas of Research/Interest:

Newborn Care

Behavioral Health

Asthma and Allergies

Community Service/Outreach:

Extensive fundraising for charitable organizations with a focus on children

Outreach with local schools including "maturation" talks with fifth and sixth grade students