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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Bernstein, Daniel; Barth, Bradley; Bernstein, Henry H.

Current Opinion in Pediatrics: October 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000821
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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 fields of pediatrics are 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. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.


Daniel Bernstein

Daniel Bernstein

Dr Daniel Bernstein received his undergraduate degree in biology at MIT, USA, and attended medical school at New York University, USA. He completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, USA, spent a year as a fellow in medical education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA, and then a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at University of California, San Francisco, USA. Dr Bernstein joined the faculty at Stanford University, USA, in 1986, where he is now Associate Dean for Curriculum and Scholarship at the Stanford Medical School and the Alfred Woodley Salter and Mabel G. Salter Endowed Professor of Pediatrics. He served as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology for 18 years, and Director of the Children's Heart Center at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, USA.

Dr Bernstein has maintained a general pediatric cardiology practice since his first years at Stanford and has also been at the forefront of pediatric heart failure and transplantation since the infancy of both fields. He established Stanford's first transplant clinic for children and published some of the first descriptions of growth in the transplanted heart, post-transplant lymphoma (PTLD), and transplantation for congenital heart disease. He is currently co-investigator on Stanford's NIH-funded clinical trial on biomarkers for post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders in children.

Dr Bernstein has also directed an NIH- and AHA-funded basic science lab for over 30 years, focusing on the role of cell surface receptors in modulating cardiotoxicity and cardioprotection. He was part of the collaborative team that created some of the first gene knockouts. His recent work has focused on alterations in mitochondrial function both with cardiovascular disease and with normal physiologic stresses such as exercise. His lab also focuses on the molecular mechanisms of RV failure, a critical issue for children with congenital heart disease. He is also applying the powerful new platform of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to study the mechanisms of inherited cardiac diseases, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and to enhance the power of pharmacogenomics to screen patients for susceptibility to drug toxicity, e.g. the anthracycline anti-cancer agent, doxorubicin.

Dr Bernstein has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, has authored the Cardiovascular chapter of Nelson's Textbook of Pediatrics, and is the editor of Pediatrics for Medical Students, the first textbook written specifically to enhance critical thinking skills for students during the pediatrics clinical clerkship.

Bradley Barth

Bradley Barth

Bradley Barth, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Division Director of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center, Dallas, USA. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin, USA and a Master of Public Health degree at The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, USA before attending The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, USA. He then completed his residency at Tufts University, USA and The Floating Hospital for Children, and a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital Boston, USA, in 2004. Dr Barth's clinical and research interests include therapeutic endoscopy, enteroscopy, ERCP, endoscopic treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding, complex esophageal strictures, and recurrent and chronic pancreatitis.

Henry H. Bernstein

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 at Harvard School of Public Health, USA, 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, USA, 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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