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, Hank 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 Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Richard A Polin
Dr Richard A. Polin is a Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of New York and has been Director of the Division of Neonatology at Children's Hospital of New York since 1998.
After earning BA and MD degrees from Temple University, Dr Polin completed a pediatric internship and residency at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and a pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Children's Hospital of New York. He was Pediatric Chief Resident at Children's Hospital of New York from 1974-75 and Rustin McIntosh Fellow in Pediatrics from 1975-77.
An Associate Pediatrician at Children's Hospital of New York from 1975-1977, 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 Children's Hospital of New York.
Dr Polin names education as one of his highest priorities and has always been active in pediatric research throughout his career. He has published more than 95 original papers, 60 editorial reviews and chapters, 17 books (including Fetal and Neonatal Physiology, Workbook in Practical Neonatology, Pediatric Secrets, Fetal and Neonatal Secrets, Current Pediatric Therapy, Pocket Neonatology) and over 150 abstracts, and is an editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics' publication, “Grand Rounds”.
Dr Michel Baum received his BS and MD degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. He did his internship and residency at Yale University School of Medicine. His nephrology fellowship was performed at the University of California at San Francisco, 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. 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 American Association of Physicians, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Society of Nephrology and Pediatric Nephrology. He has served as a member of the General Medicine B Study Section for four years and on numerous national committees. He is co-editor of Pediatric Nephrology. 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 and cystinosis. He has also conduced many studies examining how hormones regulate tubular transport. Dr Baum's clinical research focuses on patients with metabolic bone disease including X-linked hypophosphatemia. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has over 100 publications.
Erica L. Liebelt
Dr Erica Liebelt is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine. She is also the Director of Medical Toxicology Services at the Children's Hospital and UAB Hospitals as well as Co-Medical Director of the Regional Poison Control Center/Birmingham. She graduated from Duke University and completed her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. Her postgraduate medical education includes a pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr Liebelt completed a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass and a medical toxicology and pharmacology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Poison Control Center in Boston, Mass.
Dr Liebelt has held academic appointments at Yale University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has authored numerous book chapters for leading toxicology textbooks as well as numerous manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Liebelt is on the Executive Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT). She also serves on the editorial board of the journal Clinical Toxicology. Dr Liebelt currently is a member on the American Board of Pediatrics Certifying Examination Committee as well as the American Association of Poison Control's Specialist in Poison Information Certifying Committee. In the past, she was also a member of the Subboard of Medical Toxicology with the American Board of Emergency Medicine for 9 years.
Dr Liebelt has lectured both nationally and internationally on various topics in medical toxicology. She has served on several expert panels for both the Centers for Disease Control and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Her research interests include antidepressant poisoning, pediatric environmental toxicology, and curriculum development in medical toxicology.