2nd Annual Lectureship (2017)
keynote address by
Dr. Elsie Taveras
Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Population Health Management - Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
October 11, 2017
About the keynote speaker:
Elsie M. Taveras, M.D., M.P.H. is Chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Population Health Management at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Science and MD degrees from New York University. After receiving her MD, she did her internship, residency, and chief residency, at the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center in Pediatrics. Dr. Taveras also holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Taveras is a Pediatrician and a childhood obesity researcher. Her main focus of research is understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the life course to prevent obesity and chronic diseases, especially in underserved populations. Her work spans the spectrum of observational studies and interventions—to identify and quantify risk factors— and to modify these risk factors for health promotion and disease prevention. She has published over 150 research studies and served on Committees for the National Academy of Medicine to develop recommendations for prevention of obesity in early life and for evaluating the progress of national obesity prevention efforts. Her work in early life origins of childhood obesity was cited by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the most influential studies of 2010 and in the White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity in May 2010.
She has received extensive research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the American Diabetes Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Boston Foundation, among many other federal and foundation sources. In 2016, she received the Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award from the Massachusetts Association of Public Health for her extensive work improving health and health care in community-based settings.
Inaugural Lectureship (2016)
keynote address by
Dr. Thomas Robinson
Endowed Professor in Child Health and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Stanford Prevention Research Center
September 8, 2016
About the Keynote Speaker:
Thomas Robinson, M.D., M.P.H.
Thomas Robinson focuses on designing solutions to help children and families improve their health- and sustainability-related behaviors. Dr. Robinson is the Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor in Child Health, Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine, in the Division of General Pediatrics and the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University, and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. He originated the solution-oriented research paradigm and directs the Solutions Science Lab at Stanford. He is known for his pioneering obesity prevention and treatment research, including the concept of stealth interventions. Dr. Robinson focuses on solution-oriented research to develop and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention interventions for children, adolescents and their families to directly inform medical and public health practice and policy. His research is largely experimental in design, conducting family-, school-, and community-based randomized controlled trials to test the efficacy and/or effectiveness of theory-driven behavioral, social and environmental interventions to prevent and reduce obesity, improve nutrition, increase physical activity and decrease inactivity, reduce children's screen time, and promote energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Robinson's research is grounded in social cognitive models of human behavior uses rigorous methods, and is performed in real World settings with diverse populations, making the results of his research more relevant for clinical and public health practice and policy.
Dr. Robinson is published widely in the scientific literature, Principal Investigator on numerous prevention and treatment studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, and a frequent appointee to expert and advisory panels for leading national and international scientific and public health agencies and organizations. Robinson received both his B.S. and M.D. from Stanford University and his M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School, and then returned to Stanford for post-doctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He has been a faculty member at Stanford since 1991. Dr. Robinson also is Board Certified in Pediatrics and practices General Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.