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Your Environment. Your Health.

A Day in the Life of a Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

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June 27, 2019

There is a recognized need to train pediatric and other health professionals in the assessment and management of children's health issues related to the environment. Different approaches have been used to meet this knowledge gap, most notably the Pediatric Environmental Health Fellowship program that was established in 2002 by the Academic Pediatric Association. In this webinar, we heard two Pediatric Environmental Health Fellows talk about learning a new discipline, managing research, and maintaining clinical practice. They touched upon the benefits of the fellowship for them personally and professionally. We also heard from fellowship directors about the valuable contributions of these health professionals to the advancement of pediatric environmental health.



Alan Woolf

Alan Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at Boston Children’s Hospital. A board-certified pediatrician and medical toxicologist, Dr. Woolf serves as the director of both the Pediatric Environmental Health Center at Boston Children’s and the Region 1 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU), which covers New England. He also directs the fellowship training program in pediatric environmental health at Boston Children’s and Harvard Medical School and was named the Hospital’s Associate Chief Medical Education Officer in 2015. Alan is a past president of both the American Association of Poison Control Centers and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. He and his colleagues have done seminal research into topics in clinical toxicology, metals poisoning, the management of childhood poisonings, and poisoning epidemiology and prevention. He also has investigated the toxicity, safety, and marketing of herbs and dietary supplements, as well as health policy implications of the use of herbs by families.

Bryan Stierman

Bryan Stierman, M.D., M.P.H., is the pediatric environmental health fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and he is currently in the process of completing that fellowship. He received both his medical degree and his M.P.H. in global health leadership from New York University, and he completed his pediatrics residency at Children’s National Health System. His current research interests in environmental health include the impacts of heavy metals and water contaminants on the health of children.

Maida Galvez

Maida Galvez, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor in both the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also serves as director of the Region 2 PEHSU and as founding director of the New York State Children’s Environmental Health Center. Through NIH-funded projects, Dr. Galvez works to translate emerging research into programs and policies that prevent and reduce environmental exposures for children, their families, and their communities.

For More Information

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs)
PEHSUs are an interconnected system of specialists located throughout North America who respond to questions from public health professionals, clinicians, policy makers, and the public about the impacts of environmental factors on the health of children and reproductive-age adults.

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