Why Choose Us

Since its foundation in June of 1959, Lehigh Valley Pediatrics has been serving the community. We specialize in all aspects of general and preventative care of infants, toddlers and adolescents as well as children with special and chronic needs. Our practice is comprised of a dedicated group of certified Pediatric specialists with a proven history of caring for the children of the Lehigh Valley area. Our compassionate staff is ready to accommodate your needs with flexible hours and we are dependably in the Lehigh Valley Pediatric offices to address any and all patient needs.

Our Providers

Vilas Deshpande, MD, FAAP

Vilas Despande, MD, FAAP
Vilas Deshpande graduated from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India in 1973. After doing Residency terms in Pediatrics and Cardiology in Mumbai, he did 3 years of Pediatric Residency in various places in England and earned his Diploma in Child Health from the Royal College of Physicians. He did a Residency in Albany, NY, including a year as Chief Resident in Pediatrics. Since 1981 he has been practicing General Pediatrics in the Lehigh Valley. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is married with two grown children.

Oscar A. Morffi, MD, FAAP

Oscar Morffi, MD, FAAP
Oscar Morffi is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since 1987 he has been practicing General Pediatrics in the Lehigh Valley. He was born in Cuba and is bilingual speaking English and Spanish. His interests include involvement in the Medical Society, Allentown Health Bureau and traveling. He is married with two grown children.

Richard J. Morse, MD, FAAP

Richard Morse, MD, FAAP
Richard Morse is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been practicing General Pediatrics since 1989 and has been with Lehigh Valley Pediatrics since 1994. He grew up in the Lehigh Valley and is married with two grown children. His interests include reading, bike riding and volunteering in the community.

Rajender S. Totlani, MD, FAAP

Rajender Totlani is a staff physician at Lehigh Valley Pediatrics, with a quarter century of experience dealing with newborn to college age patients, is dedicated to his unique compassionate patient care. He specializes in all aspects of general and preventative care, as well as assorted diseases, adhering to the standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His areas of special interests include newborn care, developmental and behavioral problems, travel medicine and infectious diseases. Having practiced in a number of European hospitals, Dr. Totlani completed his pediatric residency at Hahnemann University and is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He is married with 2 children.

Melissa E. McCarthy, PA-C

Melissa McCarthy graduated from DeSales University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Studies and a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.  She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.  Melissa completed a portion of her practical training here, at Lehigh Valley Pediatric Associates, where she was inspired to establish her career in pediatrics.

Sarah Petruno, PA-C

Sarah Petruno, PAC
Sarah Petruno graduated from King’s College, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Studies and continued at King’s to earn a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Sarah chose to work in pediatrics after graduating and has worked in the field ever since. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants. Sarah is married and has a daughter.