Liz E. Contreras, MD
Specialties: Pediatrics - General
Languages: English, Spanish
Areas of Expertise Asthma, Sotos Syndrome
Languages English, Spanish
Medical Education Universidad Iberoamericana (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
Residency Pediatrics - Cooper University Hospital (Camden, NJ; 2009-2012)
Board Certification(s) Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics
Professional Certification(s) Pediatrics Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
Professional Memberships American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Liz Contreras thinks pediatrics is the “most rewarding field in medicine.”
“The best part of pediatrics is the children. I really enjoy my time around them, whether they are healthy or sick. Kids are just an open book of honesty,” she said.
Whether for a wellness visit, a sports physical or a sick visit, Dr. Contreras makes a point to treat her patients as if they were her own children and answer any questions the parents or guardians may have.“My goal is to build a trusting environment for our patients and their families. Having a connection and listening to the parent's concerns are paramount in my practice,” Dr. Contreras said. “In pediatrics, in order for a treatment or plan to work for our patients, it takes a team effort. This team involves our patients, the parents/guardians, us as pediatricians and sometimes other specialties when needed. We have to work as a team in order to succeed in our treatment plan for the benefit of our patients.”
Dr. Contreras speaks English and Spanish. Born in Lima, Peru, she lived in New Jersey and she went to high school and college in Connecticut before attending medical school in the Dominican Republic.
“I come from a very humble and hardworking family. Throughout my early years of life and experience I learned your success can never be determined by your present situation. I do not recall seeing my parents taking time off for vacation or being too tired to do something. They were always working and I have realized that it is easier to achieve success when you are uncomfortable than when you are comfortable. My parents thought comfort made it difficult to progress and it made you forget about work. I appreciate everything I learned from my parents and I apply their strategies on my daily life routine” she said.
Dr. Contreras found the welcoming, inviting environment she was looking for in OSF HealthCare.
“I have always seen myself working for an organization that provides compassionate medical care, and I think my pediatric team provides that and more.”