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.
Sara F. Forman
Sara F. Forman, MD, is a graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Medical School, USA. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA followed by a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, USA. She is currently a Senior Associate Physician in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, where she serves as Clinical Chief of the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine. She previously served as Director of the Adolescent Outpatient Eating Disorders Program and Director of Medical Student and Resident Teaching for the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine and she is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr Forman sees adolescent and young adult patients for primary and consultative care. She has presented at many conferences- locally, nationally and internationally about providing primary care to teens and eating disorders. More recently, Dr Forman has also completed a fellowship program in Humanism and Professionalism. Dr Forman is a member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Dr Sarah Pitts graduated from Dartmouth College and Medical School, USA. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Boston Combined Residency Program and a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, USA. She is currently the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program Director at Boston Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, USA. Dr Pitts specializes in reproductive endocrine, complex contraception, and eating disorder care, and she is part of the Bone Health Program in the Division of Endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital through which she cares for adolescents with bone health concerns. She is a clinician educator, with research pursuits in medical education and teaching experience in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Program.
Joyce M.C. Teng
Joyce M.C. Teng, MD PhD is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Department of Dermatology at Stanford University, USA. She also serves as the Chief of Pediatric Dermatology as well as the Director of the Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship Program at Stanford. She obtained her medical degree and completed dermatology residency training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA. Dr Teng has broad clinical interests, particularly in the area of therapeutic development. She is an active physician scientist with expertise in clinical and translational research. She is experienced in drug repurposing and trans-epidermal drug delivery. Dr Teng directs multidisciplinary care of patients with complex dermatologic conditions, genetic skin diseases, and vascular anomalies at Stanford. She enjoys teaching and provides mentorship to many students, physicians-in-training and junior dermatologists. Dr Teng also serves as medical science advisor for several non-for-profit disease organizations and serves in leadership roles in the Women's Dermatologic Society, the Society of Pediatric Dermatology, and the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance. Dr Teng has been the Dermatology Section Editor for Current Opinion in Pediatrics since 2016. She is also the Chief Editor of the recently published book Therapy in Pediatric Dermatology - Management of Pediatric Skin Disease.
Sally Radovick, MD received her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, USA. She then completed her residency in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, USA and her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is currently the Chair of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, USA. Prior to this position, she was the Division Director of Pediatric Endocrinology and the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA.
Dr Radovick is a specialist in growth and development and pubertal disorders in children. Her research has focused on the developmental regulation of hypothalamic-pituitary function. Her laboratory has elucidated some of the factors that control GnRH gene expression and the intracellular signaling pathways within the GnRH neuron. Dr Radovick's laboratory has demonstrated that the GnRH gene is the target of growth factor and nuclear hormone signaling pathways, which link nutrition and growth with pubertal development and reproduction. Her laboratory has shown the critical requirement for kisspeptin signaling in the neuroendocrine control of GnRH expression. Roles for kisspeptin signaling in the gonad and pancreas have also been elucidated by her laboratory. Another major area of her research has been to characterize the transcription factors important for normal pituitary development. Her initial studies provided the first description in man of the molecular genetic mechanism for combined pituitary hormone deficiency.
Dr Radovick has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has been invited to write a dozen book chapters in her field. She is an author of ‘Puberty in the female and its disorders’ in Sperling's textbook Pediatric Endocrinology, and of ‘Normal and aberrant growth’ in Williams Textbook of Endocrinology. She served as Associate Editor for Pediatric Endocrinology for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr Radovick served as the President of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the Chair of the Research Council, and a Council Member and Chair of the Drug and Therapeutics Committee. She was also a member of the Guidelines Committee of the Endocrine Society, co-Chair of the Hypothyroidism Subcommittee, a member of the Program Committee, and the Finance and Audit Committee. She is a co-author of the AACE Growth Hormone Guidelines.
Dr Radovick participates in the teaching of undergraduates, medical students, residents, and endocrinology fellows. Her most notable teaching efforts have been in training individuals for scientific research. She actively participates in clinical activities, holding pediatric endocrinology teaching clinics.
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.