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.
Nathaniel H. Robin
Dr Robin attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, USA, where he also completed a residency in pediatrics. He then proceeded to do a fellowship in genetics at The Children's Hospital Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania. His first faculty position was in the Department of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1995. In 2003, Dr Robin joined the newly created Department of Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. Dr Robin is board certified in clinical genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics. His clinical practice is primarily as a general medical geneticist, with expertise in pediatric genetics, syndrome identification and genetic counseling. His areas of focused interest include craniofacial disorders, and the genetics of deafness. While maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr Robin has authored one book (Medical Genetics: Its Application to Speech, Hearing, and Craniofacial Disorders), 18 book chapters, over a dozen invited editorials and over 110 peer-review publications. His writings cover a wide range of topics in genetics and include descriptions and studies on a variety of genetic syndromes. He has published studies that have looked at genetics testing for deafness, and on ethical issues in genetic testing, including issues of confidentiality and duty to warn at risk relatives.
Dr Robin's other role is as an educator. He is the Medical Genetics residency program director, and is the President of the national Medical Genetics Residency Directors’ Group. He also supervises all the educational activities of the department with respect to the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) as well as all other UAB residency programs.
Robert C. Tasker
Robert C. Tasker is Professor of Neurology and Anesthesia (Pediatrics) at the Harvard Medical School, USA, and Chair of the Neurocritical Care Program at Boston Children's Hospital, USA. He is an expert in the field of pediatric neurocritical care and is a member of the Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center at Children's. His expertise is in clinical neuroscience, computational physiology, and translational research in global and focal cerebral hypoxia-ischemia.
Dr Talal Chatila was born in Beirut Lebanon, and completed his medical studies and residency training at the American University of Beirut School of Medicine. In 1985 he joined The Division of Immunology at the Boston Children's hospital, Massachusetts. Thereafter, he occupied faculty positions at the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of California in Los Angeles. In 2012, he was appointed as the Denise and David Bunning Professor of Pediatrics in the Field of Allergy and Immunology, Harvard Medical School, and Senior Physician, Division of Immunology, the Boston Children's Hospital. His research is focused on genetic and regulatory mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of human immunological diseases.