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Editorial introductions

Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Johnston, Richard B. Jr; Bernstein, Henry H.; Hunger, Stephen; Green, Daniel W.; Baltimore, Robert S.; Jenson, Hal B.

Current Opinion in Pediatrics: February 2013 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p vii-x
doi: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e32835dda1a
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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 17 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 Journal's Editors and the Section Editors for this issue.


Richard B. Johnston Jr

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Richard B. Johnston Jr

Dick Johnston grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School, USA. He had residency training, in pediatrics at Vanderbilt and additional residency and fellowship training in immunology at Children's Hospital, Harvard, USA. He served on the faculty at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA, and Rockefeller University, New York, USA, and was Chair of Pediatrics at National Jewish, Denver, USA, and at the University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA. From there he moved to the non-profit organization March of Dimes as Medical Director while conducting research and serving as Chief of Pediatric Immunology at Yale, USA. He is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Research Development at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA. His research interests include host defense, the cell biology of phagocytes, immunodeficiency disease, and child health. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Science and has chaired seven IOM committees and served on the IOM Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He is former President of the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society (APS), and the Board of the International Pediatric Research Foundation; a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and recipient of the John Howland Medal from the APS for lifetime contributions to immunology, pediatrics, and child health. He is kept current in medicine by his family: two sons are physicians, one in practice and one in academic medicine, his wife is a PhD medical educator, and his daughter is a practicing child psychologist.

Henry H. Bernstein

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Henry H. Bernstein

Dr Bernstein's extensive experience as a primary care pediatrician in a variety of settings (i.e., private practice, a health center, a medically underserved area as a member of the National Health Service Corps, an urban free-standing children's hospital, and a rural children's hospital within a hospital) has provided him with a valuable and rewarding perspective, which is unique from that of many others in academia. Cognizant of the need for the outcome of learning to go beyond recall of content, he focuses significant time and effort on the development of new and innovative tools to facilitate lifelong learning to enhance clinical judgment and practice, and result in improved health outcomes for patients. He leads several national initiatives in medical education and clinical primary care research.

Dr Bernstein is Editor-in-Chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ cutting-edge, internet-based, model educational learning platform, PediaLink™ (, which utilizes state of the art information and communication technology to provide an interactive learning environment in meeting the current and emerging individualized professional development needs of pediatricians and housestaff. As Senior Editor of Pediatrics, he is responsible for the internet publishing of pediatric content for award-winning InteliHealth (, a consumer health information guide from Harvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School, USA. Dr Bernstein also serves as Chair of the multi-disciplinary Bright Futures Health Promotion Workgroup, which has produced a video and published an innovative health promotion curriculum of unique core concepts to teach this value-added approach to pediatric care. The health promotion content has been expanded into a comprehensive, web-based, distance learning program ( for maternal and child health (MCH) educators and clinicians.

Dr Bernstein's research focuses on issues important to the community-based practice of primary care, including: medical education, health promotion, postpartum newborn discharge, preventive screening tests, and immunization development, education, and delivery. His clinical research studies have had significant impact on the practice of primary care pediatrics and national policy. The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have used these results to make changes in the way previously licensed vaccines are used, or to recommend to the FDA that new products be licensed. In addition, he is a recent member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Disease (COID/Red Book Committee), whose responsibility it is to develop and revise guidelines for control of infectious diseases in children, as well as an Associate Editor of the Red Book. In addition, the outcomes from his postpartum newborn discharge study are helping to monitor federal legislation (The Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act of 1996) and to influence the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Fetus and Newborn policy statements and guidelines intended to insure the health and well-being of newborns, postpartum mothers, and their families during the first week after hospital discharge. Screening guidelines used in primary care practice (e.g., using Reticulocyte Hemoglobin Content [CHr] for identifying iron deficiency before anemia) have also been enhanced through the results of our studies.

Dr Bernstein is maintaining his certification with the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Stephen Hunger

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Stephen Hunger

Dr Stephen Hunger is a board certified Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist who specializes in the treatment of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer. Dr Hunger received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, USA. He completed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, USA. Dr Hunger completed five years of post-doctoral research training at Stanford in the laboratory of Dr Michael Cleary, working on a variety of projects related to chromosome translocations in childhood ALL.

Dr Hunger was an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado, USA, from 1994 to 2001. Following this, he moved to the University of Florida College of Medicine, USA, as an Associate and Full Professor, where he held the STOP! Children's Cancer Endowed Chair and served as the Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology from 2001 to 2007. Dr Hunger returned to the University of Colorado in 2007, where he is a Professor of Pediatrics and holds the Ergen Family Chair in Pediatric Cancer and serves as Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation and Director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Dr Hunger is an internationally recognized expert in the biology and treatment of childhood ALL. He has been Chairman of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) ALL Disease Committee since 2008. In this role he is responsible for oversight of the design and conduct of clinical and linked translational research studies that enrol over 2000 children with ALL each year, including more than 70% of US children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL. He also leads the COG ALL TARGET (Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Therapies) Project, that has conducted comprehensive studies of the genetic features of childhood ALL and revolutionized understanding of the genomic landscape of this malignancy. He has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts, almost all focused on pediatric ALL.

Daniel W. Green

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Daniel W. Green

Dr Green specializes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery and scoliosis. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, a Master of Science from Columbia University in New York, USA and a Doctor of Medicine with High Honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, USA. He completed his orthopedic surgery training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, USA, and a pediatric orthopaedic surgical fellowship at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, USA.

Upon completion of his training Dr Green joined the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine, USA, as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 1998, he joined the Faculty of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Cornell University Medical College, USA, where he remains in practice today as an Associate Professor.

Dr Green has an academic interest in pediatric spine disorders, pediatric knee injuries, and pediatric trauma. He also serves on the board of The New York County Medical Society and the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr Green is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Robert S. Baltimore

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Robert S. Baltimore

Dr Baltimore was born in New York City, USA, and graduated from the University of Chicago, USA with an AB in Biology in 1964. His medical school training was at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, USA, graduating in 1968. He did an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, USA, from 1968 to 1971. After completing his residency he was a Major in the US Army stationed at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, USA, from 1971 to 1974 where he did research in bacterial infections and clinical training in infectious diseases. From 1974 to 1976 he was a postdoctoral fellow and instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School's Channing Laboratory situated at the Boston City Hospital, USA. In 1976 he accepted a position in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, USA, where he is currently Professor of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Public Health.

While a faculty member at Yale Dr Baltimore has held research grants from the Hood Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH. His research has centered on studies of group B Streptococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, infections in the neonate and nosocomial infections. He is currently the Associate Director of Hospital Epidemiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Epidemiologist for Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Director of the Pediatric Tuberculosis Clinic, and Co- Director of the Training Program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Dr Baltimore has authored more than 200 research papers, reviews and book chapters. He served a three-year term as the Co-Chief Editor of Concise Reviews of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and he co-edited the textbook Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Principles and Practice. He is on the editorial boards of Infectious Diseases in Children and Journal Watch Infectious Diseases. He completed a six-year term as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (The “Red Book Committee”). During that time he was a liaison member of the CDC's Task Force on Smallpox Vaccination, and a liaison member of the American Heart Association Committee on Rheumatic Fever, Infective Endocarditis, and Kawasaki Disease. He is currently a full member of the American Heart Association Committee.

Hal B. Jenson

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Hal B. Jenson

Dr Jenson specializes in clinical infectious diseases and molecular virology. He graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Brigham Young University, USA, and a Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University School of Medicine, USA. He completed a pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, where he also served as Chief Resident, and completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases in the Departments of Pediatrics, and Epidemiology and Public health at Yale University School of Medicine, USA. He was a visiting fellow in Molecular Biology in 1984 at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Cambridge, United Kingdom. In 2003 he graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Upon the completion of his infectious diseases fellowship, Dr Jenson joined the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine, USA, as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and Epidemiology and Public Health. In 1990 he became Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, USA. He was Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology there until 2002 when he became Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Director of the Center for Pediatric Research, at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. In 2005 Dr Jenson became Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Baystate Medical Center, and Professor of Pediatrics and Dean of the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine. In 2011 Dr Jenson became the Founding Dean of the School of Medicine at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Dr Jenson received the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society in 1990, and has served in numerous capacities in many professional societies.

Dr Jenson is active in the general pediatric and infectious diseases teaching and clinical activities. His research focused on the molecular biology, epidemiology, and clinical aspects of infections, especially Epstein-Barr virus and human herpesvirus type 8 and their associated cancers. He has authored over 250 papers, commentaries, and book chapters and is an Associate Editor of Infectious Disease Alert, a monthly newsletter.

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