Dunkirk Pediatrics welcomes new physician

Dunkirk Pediatrics recently welcomed Dr. Jack Coyne to its team of caring professionals, all of whom share a common goal of making kids’ lives healthy, happy and safe.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Coyne to our family,” said Dr. John Mulawka of Dunkirk Pediatrics, “He is a brilliant man with a warm, caring heart that just shines through in his work. He is by far one of the most accomplished pediatricians to ever work in Buffalo and we are extremely fortunate to have him caring for our community’s children.”

Dr. Coyne is an activist, father and pediatrician determined to improve the lives of abused children. Combining all three facets of his life, he is dedicated to fighting for those who lack the ability to fight for themselves. This passion for child advocacy impelled him in 1994 to help launch The Children’s Advocacy Center, which has since flourished into a network of 40 centers across New York state.

In addition to his activism work, the offices of Dunkirk, Derby and Silver Creek Pediatrics have recently welcomed Dr. Coyne to their team of practitioners.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Coyne to our family,” said Dr. Mulawka, “He is an excellent doctor and will be a great addition to our team. His work with abused children is greatly admirable.”

Along with his working in a pediatrics practice, Dr. Coyne is also an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at SUNY Buffalo, and chairman of pediatrics at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo. He also serves as the Medical Director of Care for Kids Pediatrics and the Child Advocacy Centers of Erie, Niagara and Genesee counties. Furthermore, he served as the medical director of Hopevale and presently at Gateway and New Direction, a court ordered detention program for delinquent minors.

With all Dr. Coyne gives back to the local community, his first passion is still helping abused children attain a better life. No stranger to compassion, he didn’t always plan to become a doctor helping children. He initially went to seminary and became an ordained Roman Catholic priest. During his ministry with the church he decided to go to medical school. He had intentions of becoming a family practice physician, however during his medical residency he encountered a case that changed his outlook on medicine and life. His patient was a 10-year-old girl who had been sexually abused by her father and became pregnant.

“That was a turning point for me to do this kind of work,” Dr. Coyne said.

His experience prompted him to help open the Children’s Advocacy Center, a pioneering endeavor to provide abused children a safe, welcoming place to help children minimize the trauma associated with their abuse. The center coordinates care between doctors, social workers and the legal system.

“Children who have been traumatized no longer need to be traumatized in the investigation process,” Dr. Coyne explained. “We bring all the teams together to help the child. There’s one interview and one exam, instead of multiple, in a place that is very child friendly.”

Dr. Coyne has spread his model to centers across the state, launching several branches himself. He has taken his practice overseas to help children in Saigon, Haiti and Africa. Dr. Coyne is so pre-eminent in his field; he is regularly called to testify as an expert witness in trials across the country. He also gives presentations to medical schools as well as police departments on recognizing the signs of physical and sexual abuse in children.

Outside of his work life, his other passion is his family. He loves to watch movies with his wife, Diane, and their two sons, Francis and Liam. Dr. Coyne is proud of his life’s work and wouldn’t have it any other way.

“As a pediatrician I can begin the healing process and help them through it so they don’t become one of the many adult survivors that we see today. We can help give them back that power that was taken from them by the perpetrators,” he said.

Yet despite all of his appointed positions, awards, and accolades, Dr. Coyne’s primary job now is with Dunkirk Pediatrics and caring for its community’s kids. Dr. Coyne is eager to invite new patients into his practice at Dunkirk Pediatrics, and looks forward to many years of working with and developing relationships with our community’s children. If you would like to meet Dr. Coyne, please call Dunkirk Pediatrics at (716)366-6111.