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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Polin, Richard A.; Randis, Tara M.; Baum, Michel; Wright, Robert

Current Opinion in Pediatrics: April 2014 - Volume 26 - Issue 2 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000089
Editorial introductions

Current Opinion in Pediatrics was launched in 1989. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of pediatrics is divided into 18 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. In addition to this, Henry H. Bernstein also invites a prominent authority in the field of Office Pediatrics to write on the subject for each issue. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.

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Richard A. Polin

Dr Richard A. Polin is a Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA, and has been Director of the Division of Neonatology at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian since 1998.

After earning BA and MD degrees from Temple University, USA, Dr Polin completed 2-years of a Pediatric Residency at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and a 3rd year of pediatric residency and fellowship in neonatology at Babies Hospital in NY. He was Pediatric Chief Resident there, from 1974 to 1975 and Rustin McIntosh Fellow in Pediatrics from 1975 to 1977.

An Associate Pediatrician at Babies Hospital from 1975 to 1977, he was named Outstanding Pediatric Attending for 1976–1977. He won similar honors for 1978–79 and 1982–83 at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he held the positions of Director of the Housestaff Training Program, Assistant and Associate Physician-in-Chief, Academic Coordinator of Pediatrics, and Acting Director, Neonatology. Temple University's Medical School named Dr Polin its outstanding alumnus in 1995. In 1998, Dr Polin returned to Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian as the Director of Neonatology. In 2005 he received the Physician of the Year Award both from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center and the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Division of Nursing. In the spring of 2006 Dr Polin was the recipient of the National Neonatal Education Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Perinatal Pediatrics.

Dr Polin has published over 200 papers, 20 books (including Fetal and Neonatal Physiology, Workbook in Practical Neonatology, Pediatric Secrets, Fetal and Neonatal Secrets, Current Pediatric Therapy, Pocket Neonatology) and more than 150 abstracts. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on the Fetus and Newborn, and is the Chair of the Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr Polin is the Chair of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network Executive Steering committee.

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Tara M. Randis

Dr Tara M. Randis is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, USA, and a member of the Division of Neonatology and Perinatology. She is a graduate of The University of Scranton, USA, and received her MD from MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She completed her pediatric residency training at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, USA, where she served an additional year as Chief Resident before pursuing her fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Columbia University. In 2011, she earned a MS degree in biostatistics from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. In 2005, Dr Randis was awarded The Young Investigator Grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program and in 2011, she received a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Development Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for her work investigating the link between vitamin D deficiency and bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women. Her current research focuses on the mechanisms of bacterial colonization of the female reproductive tract as it relates to adverse pregnancy outcomes including chorioamnionitis, preterm labor and early-onset neonatal sepsis.

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Michel Baum

Dr Michel Baum received his BS and MD degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles, USA. He did his internship and residency at Yale University School of Medicine, USA. His nephrology fellowship was performed at the University of California at San Francisco, USA, where he was a research fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Institute. Since completion of his fellowship he has been at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center of Dallas, USA. He is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and Director of Pediatric Nephrology. He also holds the Sara M. and Charles E. Seay Chair in Pediatric Research. He is a member of a number of national societies including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Society of Nephrology and International Pediatric Nephrology Association. He has served as a member of the General Medicine B Study Section and the DDKD Study Section for the NIH. Dr Baum's research primarily examines the maturational changes that occur in renal tubular transport during development. He has described many changes in transporters that explain the physiologic difference between the neonatal kidney and the adult kidney. His other research interests include the pathophysiology and pathogenesis of hereditary defects in tubular transport such as X-linked hypophosphatemia. He is currently also investigating the cause for hypertension in patients with a prenatal insult that are small for gestational age. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has contributed to over 150 publications

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Robert Wright

Dr Robert Wright is a pediatrician and environmental epidemiologist at Children's Hospital, Boston and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), USA. He is a board certified Medical Toxicologist and trained in genetic epidemiology. He is the Director of the Harvard Superfund Research Program, which is a six project NIH funded grant dedicated to the effects of metals on child health. He is also the Principal Investigator of an ongoing birth cohort study also funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences called ELEMENT (Exposure to Lead, Environmental MEtals and their NeuroToxicology). This study takes place in Mexico City and is a collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico. His research expertise is in the field of gene-environment interaction in neurodevelopment and the role of psychosocial factors as modifiers of lead toxicity. He has published over 100 papers, most of which deal with environmental health issues and served on numerous national committee/advisory boards in the field of pediatric environmental health. Dr Wright directs the Metals Research Core at HSPH, and the affiliated environmental chemistry laboratory. He is the Research Director of the Region 1, Pediatric Environmental Health Subspecialty Unit and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health.

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