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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Pizzo, Philip A.; Blaney, Susan M.; Green, Daniel W.; Bryson, Yvonne J.; Bernstein, Henry H.

doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000585

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 Journal's Editor and Section Editors for this issue.

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Philip A. Pizzo

Philip A. Pizzo, MD is the David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Founding Director of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, USA. Dr Pizzo served as Dean of the Stanford School of Medicine from April 2001 to December 2012, where he was also the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr Pizzo has devoted much of his distinguished medical career to the diagnosis, management, prevention and treatment of childhood cancers and the infectious complications that occur in children whose immune systems are compromised by cancer and AIDS. He has also been a leader in academic medicine, championing programs and policies to improve the future of science, education and healthcare in the US and beyond.

Dr Pizzo received his MD degree with Honors and Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester, USA in 1970, and completed an internship and residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, USA, a teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School, USA, and a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Pizzo served as Head of the Institute's Infectious Disease Section, Chief of the NCI's Pediatric Department, and Acting Scientific Director for NCI's Division of Clinical Sciences between 1973 and 1996. Before joining Stanford in 2001, he was the Physician-in-Chief of Children's Hospital in Boston and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, where he was also the Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr Pizzo is the author of more than 615 scientific articles and 16 books and monographs, including Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology, the Seventh Edition of which was published in 2015. He co-led a multidisciplinary committee for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that resulted in the 2011 report Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research; he also co-chaired the IOM report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences at the End of Life, which was published in 2015.

Dr Pizzo has received numerous awards and honors, among them the Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal in 1995, the Barbara Bohen Pfiefer Award for Scientific Excellence in 1991, the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Award in 2008, the Ronald McDonald Charities Award of Excellence in 2009, and the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award in 2013. He is the 2012 recipient of the John Howland Award, the highest honor for lifetime achievement bestowed by the American Pediatric Society. He has been elected to a number of prestigious organizations and societies, including the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American Pediatric Society and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where he was also elected to the Governing Council. The IOM became the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Dr Pizzo has served as Chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers, and Chair of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Oncology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He was President of the International Immunocompromised Host Society (1998–2011). He served on the Governing Board for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine from 2004–2012. In 2009 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester and the Board of Overseers of Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of MRI Interventions and the Academic Advisory Council for Merritt Hawkins. In 2014 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and in 2015 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Global Blood Therapeutics.

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Susan M. Blaney

Susan M. Blaney, MD is Professor and Executive Vice Chair for the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, USA and the Deputy Director of Texas Children's Cancer Center at Texas Children's Hospital, USA. She is a board-certified pediatric oncologist whose career over the past 25 years has focused on the development of new agents and therapeutic strategies for children with recurrent or refractory cancer, particularly for those with malignancies of the central nervous system. She has extensive experience in clinical translational research and currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Children's Oncology Group (COG), an NCI-funded cooperative effort of more than 200 sites. She has also served as the Principal Investigator of the Children's Oncology Phase 1 and Pilot Consortium.

Dr Blaney has served as a mentor to many pediatric medical students, residents, fellows and faculty who are current or developing leaders in the field of pediatric oncology. Her influence in the field also extends to numerous advisory roles that she has held, including membership roles on the Clinical Trial Advisory Committee and the Investigational Drug Steering Committee for the National Cancer Institute, service as a consultant for the FDA's Pediatric Oncology Drug Advisory Committee, and roles in other leading cancer organizations such as the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She also directs or serves on the scientific advisory board for multiple foundations for childhood cancer research.

Dr Blaney is dedicated to the development of new anti-cancer agents and therapeutic strategies for children with refractory cancer, as well as to decreasing the morbidity of childhood cancer treatment. In addition, she is passionate about the mentorship and career development of trainees and young faculty members in clinical and translational research.

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Daniel W. Green

Dr Daniel W. Green has been practicing at the Hospital for Special Surgery, USA since 1998 and is currently the Director of the Pediatric Sports Program for the Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and a Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Weil Cornell Medical College, USA. He has a special interest in pediatric sports injuries and pediatric knee injuries, in addition to pediatric orthopedic trauma. He provides emergency treatment for pediatric fractures and other orthopedic emergencies at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Manhattan. His research focuses on pediatric knee surgery, cartilage repair and restoration, pediatric ACL surgery, pediatric growth plate surgery, pediatric fracture care, and osteogenesis imperfecta. He has extensively studied the surgical options for patellar dislocations, evaluating both conservative and surgical approaches to stabilizing the patella. He has also investigated surgical techniques for ACL reconstruction in the skeletally immature and poor outcomes resulting from non-surgical management of ACL injuries.

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Yvonne J. Bryson

Dr Yvonne J. Bryson is a Distinguished Professor and recent past Chief of Global Pediatrics Infectious Diseases at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Mattel Children's, USA. She is a world-renowned leader, researcher, virologist and clinician in the field of HIV pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of maternal-fetal and pediatric HIV-1, and is an active member of the HIV CURE Scientific Committee of International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical trials network (IMPAACT) and the Adolescent trials network for identification and treatment of HIV acute infection. She is past Chair of the NIH Network IMPAACT PMTCT Committee (Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV) as well as a previous past chair. She has served a national and international leadership role for the past 25 years in studies of prevention and treatment of pediatric HIV. She has served on the HIV Therapeutics Trans NIH panel to set the NIH agenda for the past eleven years.

Dr Bryson was influential in the development of CDC and Public Health guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV-infected pregnant women and has been involved in the planning and execution of national cooperative studies of maternal-fetal HIV transmission. She has made significant contributions to the development of the original studies of the use of Zidovudine and Nevirapine for the prevention of perinatal HIV. She published studies of maternal risk factors for vertical transmission of HIV including viral load and autologous neutralizing antibody, as well as advances in the early diagnosis of HIV in newborns. Her research at UCLA has been funded by NIH for over twenty-five years. She has over 190 original peer-reviewed publications and is a sought-after lecturer and reviewer. She was founding advisor and one of the original health board advisors of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, with co-founders Elizabeth Glazer, Susie Zeegan and Susan Delorentis, and colleagues Dr Richard Stiehm and Phil Pizzo. She participated and helped plan the EGPAF thinktanks, the Ariel Project, the Elizabeth Glazer Scientist Award, and fundraising strategies for the foundation and the role of NIH in promoting new investigators in the field. She also was involved in political activism in Washington DC and California with Elizabeth and cofounders to focus attention on children.

Dr Bryson has served on numerous NIH study section reviews and panels. She had significant experience in global health issues related to reduction of maternal infant mortality and morbidity and meeting the millennium goals. Dr Bryson has had significant leadership and field experience setting up NIH funded clinical trials, laboratories and infrastructure in Brazil over the past 13 years. She has trained a large number of students and post-doctoral MD, PhD scholars and junior faculty who are now national and international leaders as academic faculty or public health professionals in the US and around the world. Dr Bryson is a strong advocate for mothers and children for the prevention and treatment of infectious disease and is now committed to the CURE for HIV. She still has active NIH RO1 grants for studies of HIV remission and cure in infants and children, collaboration on an infant maque monkey model, and most recently, studies in adolescents in Los Angeles and New Orleans. She is an expert in perinatal infections, pediatric infectious disease, antivirals, herpes infections, and other viral, bacterial, and opportunistic infections, and serves as a pediatric infectious disease consultant.

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Henry H. Bernstein

Dr Bernstein is a Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York, USA. He taps into his extensive 32-year experience as a general pediatrician in private practice and in academia at urban, suburban, and rural children's hospitals to promote the health and wellbeing of children, their families, and their communities. His private, community-based primary care (generalist) experiences in combination with academic experiences have provided him with a value-added, translational science perspective, unique from many others in academia. This tacit knowledge enables him to fulfill a lifelong passion of communicating, educating, and translating science into clinical settings, educational venues, policy-making, and media interactions to advance the health of children.

Research is consistently woven into the fabric of Dr Bernstein's clinical practice, which has served as a “laboratory” for his active studies. His research and quality improvement initiatives focus on issues important to Academic General Pediatrics and community-based practice, including immunizations, postpartum newborn discharge, childhood obesity, breastfeeding, health promotion, preventive health screening in primary care, technology, and medical education. His commitment, innovative spirit, and enthusiasm also encompass many facets of medical education along the continuum, from training and mentoring future physicians to fostering lifelong learning, to supporting the continuous professional development of practicing pediatricians.

Hank is an ex-officio member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee), Associate Editor of Red Book Online (, and AAP liaison to the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Influenza Workgroup, spearheading both seasonal and pandemic influenza preparedness and policy for children. In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of PediaLink (, the AAP's online home for lifelong learning and chair of the interdisciplinary Bright Futures Health Promotion Workgroup, which has created a distinctive health promotion curriculum, videos, and a companion educational website ( He regularly shares his knowledge and expertise by educating the public, writing for health information websites, and participating in media interviews on a variety of pediatric health care issues including immunization, diagnosis and treatment of common childhood infectious diseases and illnesses, and practical information for parents, teachers and caregivers.

In the spirit of lifelong learning, Hank earned a Masters in Healthcare Management (MHCM) at Harvard School of Public Health in 2013. He actively maintains his certification by the American Board of Pediatrics. He completed his residency training in Pediatrics at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, after earning his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine, USA. Hank and his wife, Sophie, have been married for 36 years and are extremely proud of their 31-year-old daughter, Lauren, and 26-year-old son, David.

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