Editorial introductions : Current Opinion in Pediatrics

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Editorial introductions

Editor(s): Robin, Nathaniel H.; Orange, Jordan S.; Bernstein, Henry H.

Current Opinion in Pediatrics 34(6):p v-vi, December 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000001185
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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.


Nathaniel H. Robin

Nathaniel H. Robin

Dr Robin is the Medical Director of Genetics, and Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), USA. He 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 human genetics at The Children's Hospital Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania, USA. His first faculty position was in the Department of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA, in 1995. In 2003, Dr Robin joined the newly created Department of Genetics at the UAB. 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 education. His areas of focused interest include craniofacial disorders and the genetics of deafness. While maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr Robin has authored two books (Paediatric Cancer Genetics; Medical Genetics: Its Application to Speech, Hearing, and Craniofacial Disorders), over 20 book chapters, dozens of invited editorials and over 180 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 examined genetics testing for deafness and on ethical issues in genetic testing, including issues of confidentiality and duty to warn at risk relatives.

Jordan S. Orange

Jordan S. Orange

Dr Orange is the Reuben S. Carpentier Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University, USA and the Physician-in-Chief at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, USA. Previously, he was Professor, Vice Chair for Research, and Chief of Immunology/Allergy/Rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine, USA and Director of the Center for Human Immunobiology at Texas Children's Hospital, USA. Before that, he was the Jeffrey Modell Endowed Chair of Immunology Research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), USA. Dr Orange completed baccalaureate and MD/PhD degrees at Brown University, USA, pediatric residency at CHOP, allergy/immunology/rheumatology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, USA. He was the recipient of the 2009 Judson Daland Prize from the American Philosophical Society, the 2017 E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research the 2018 O’Donnell Prize in Medicine from the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science, and the 2019 Distinguished Scientist Award from the AAAAI. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (2010), The American Pediatric Society (2016) and the National Academy of Medicine (2018). Dr Orange's research focuses on the cell biology of intercellular immune interactions, the immunological synapse, novel causes of immune diseases and mechanistic insights gained from inborn errors of immunity. Dr Orange's research has been continuously funded by the NIH and he has over 300 publications.

Henry H. Bernstein

Henry H. Bernstein

Dr Bernstein is a Professor of Pediatrics at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York, USA. He taps into his extensive 36–year experience as a general pediatrician in private practice, the National Health Service Corps, and as Chief of General Academic Pediatrics at urban, suburban, and rural children's hospitals to promote the health and well-being of children, their families, and their communities. His private, community-based primary care (generalist) experiences in combination with academic leadership responsibilities have provided him with a value-added, translational science perspective, unique from many others in academia. This tacit knowledge enables him to fulfil 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, infectious diseases, 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 and supporting the continuous professional development of practicing pediatricians.

Dr Bernstein is Associate Editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Red Book Online (www.aapredbook.org) and a former voting member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). He serves as a consultant on the ACIP COVID-19, Influenza, and Immunization Schedules for Adults and Children workgroups. He also is an ex-officio member of the AAP's Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee). In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of PediaLink (www.pedialink.aap.org), the AAP's online home for lifelong learning, and Chair of the interdisciplinary Bright Futures Health Promotion Workgroup, which created a distinctive health promotion curriculum, videos, and a companion educational website (www.pediatricsinpractice.org).

Dr Bernstein has been Editor of the Office Pediatrics Series in Current Opinion in Pediatrics since 1995 and was Senior Editor of Pediatrics on the public website of Harvard Medical School's Health Publications Division for 17 years. He regularly shares his knowledge and expertise by educating the public, writing for health information websites and often participating in media interviews on a variety of pediatric health care issues including immunizations, diagnosis and treatment of common childhood infectious diseases and conditions, and practical information for parents, teachers and caregivers.

In the spirit of lifelong learning, Dr Bernstein earned a masters in healthcare management (MHCM) at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, USA in 2013 and has been a faculty member in this Executive Education Masters degree program since. 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 41 years, are extremely proud of their 36-year-old daughter, Lauren, and 30-year-old son, David, and are “over the moon” with their first grandchild Eva.

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