RSP Faculty

CynthiaCynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP
Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP is a Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and in the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Minkovitz directs the Women's and Children's Health Policy Center at Johns Hopkins. Her research focus on: improving systems of preventive care for children and understanding how policies and programs impact children and families' well being. Dr. Minkovitz is co-PI on the national evaluation of the Dyson Community Pediatrics Training Initiative and led the long term national evaluation of Healthy Steps for Young Children. She received the Bloomberg Advising, Mentoring, Teaching and Research Award three times and is a former recipient of the Nemours Child Health Services Research Award. She serves on the Advisory Council for Nemours Health and Prevention Services and on the Board of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Rashimi ShetgiriRashimi Shetgiri, MD
Dr. Shetgiri is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center, Dallas. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and her medical degree from UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School in Newark, through a combined seven-year medical program. She completed her pediatrics residency in the Community Health and Advocacy Training program in Pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA. She is Co-Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Culture, Ethnicity, and Healthcare Special Interest Group, and on the Executive Committees of the APA Research Committee and Research Scholars Program. She has been awarded grant funding by NICHD for her research on Latino youth violence prevention and by the APA for her research on primary-care-based bullying prevention. She has presented about bullying prevention at national meetings, to local schools and community organizations, and has been interviewed by national and international media outlets for her research on bullying.

Raj SrivastavaRaj Srivastava, MD, MPH
Dr. Srivastava is a Tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah in the Division of Inpatient Medicine. He is a practicing hospitalist at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City and is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Care Delivery Research at Intermountain Health Care where he is working on how to measure and improve inpatient quality of care for children, with a particular interest in children with medical complexity, including conducting comparative effectiveness trials in this patient population. He is also the Chair of the only funded hospitalist network, Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS).

Joel TiederJoel Tieder, MD, MPH
Joel S. Tieder, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Inpatient Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. He is a pediatric hospitalist with an academic focus on improving the delivery of quality care for hospitalized children. He also manages the Seattle Children's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program which coordinates quality improvement training for physicians.

Dr. Tieder has devoted much of his academic and research career to measuring, defining, improving, teaching, and delivering quality healthcare for hospitalized children. His background includes formal training in epidemiology, health services research, evidence-based medicine, team leadership, and improvement science. Specifically, he is active in many national research projects and currently leading studies to characterize the quality of care for children hospitalized with urinary tract infection, community acquired pneumonia, diabetic ketoacidosis, anaphylaxis due to food allergies, and acute gastroenteritis. In addition, he has been active in improving care for children who have experienced an Apparent Life Threatening Event (ALTE), once referred to as "near-SIDS." He is currently the Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Guideline Committee on ALTEs which has recently completed a systematic review of the literature and is developing and implementing national clinical practice guidelines for this challenging condition. He is also involved in a large multicenter study to create a novel database for comparative effectiveness research containing laboratory, microbiology, and radiology results from six children's hospitals (PHIS+). Since 2009, he has served as an Executive Council Member on the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network which is dedicated to improving the health of and healthcare delivery to hospitalized children by continually defining what best practice is and how it should be implemented.

Leonadro TrasandeLeonadro Trasande, MD, MPP
Dr. Trasande's research focuses on identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, and documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin in children proactively. Dr. Trasande is perhaps best known for a 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association study associating Bisphenol A exposure in children and adolescents with obesity, and a 2011 study in Health Affairs which found that children's exposures to chemicals in the environment cost $76.6 billion in 2008. His analysis of the economic costs of mercury pollution played a critical role in preventing the Clear Skies Act (which would have relaxed regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants) from becoming law. He has also published a series of studies which document increases in hospitalizations associated with childhood obesity and increases in medical expenditures associated with being obese or overweight in childhood. These studies have been cited in the Presidential Task Force Report in Childhood Obesity, and another landmark study identified that a $2 billion annual investment in prevention would be cost-effective even if it produced small reductions in the number of children who were obese and overweight. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the World Trade Center Health Program. He recently served on a United Nations Environment Programme Steering Committee which published
a Global Outlook on Chemicals in 2013 (Click here), and on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Trasande earned a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed a pediatrics residency at Boston Children's Hospital, a Dyson Foundation Legislative Fellowship in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a fellowship in environmental pediatrics. He has testified before the Senate's Environment and Public Works committee and Democratic Policy Committee. His work has been featured on the CNN documentary Planet in Peril and in National Geographic, and frequently appears on national media, including NBC's Today Show, ABC's Evening News and National Public Radio.

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Karen WilsonKaren Wilson, MD, MPH
Dr. Wilson received her undergraduate degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University, and a Master's in Public Health, and MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Academic General Pediatric fellowship also at the University of Rochester. She is currently the Section Head for Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Children's Hospital, Colorado, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her primary research interests are in understanding the relationship between secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and severity of illness in children hospitalized for respiratory illness, and how to improve outcomes in hospitalized children. Dr. Wilson is one of the Principal Investigators and on the Speaker's Bureau of the AAP/Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, which is dedicated to eliminating children's exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke, and she is also the Co-Chair of the Provisional Section on Tobacco Control. Dr. Wilson's national hospital medicine involvement includes serving as the founding co-Chair of the Section on Hospital Medicine Research Subcommittee, and on the Planning Committee for the 2012 and 2013 Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting.



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