Contributors


Dr. Lewis R. First, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Lewis R. First received his BA, MD, and MS in Epidemiology from Harvard University. He did his residency at Boston Children’s Hospital followed by a fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics.While at Boston Children’s he initially served as Acting and Associate Director for the Pediatric Emergency Department, Director of Medical Student Education, as well as practiced general pediatrics. In 1994 he left Boston to become Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, a position he currently continues to hold.



Dr. Terrill Bravender, Editorial Board Member

Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chief of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Pediatrics Editorial Board. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard University, and previously held faculty appointments at Ohio State University, Harvard University and Duke University. His research involves the intersection of mental and physical health with a particular emphasis on adolescent nutrition and is active the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Board of Pediatrics.



Dr. Phyllis A. Dennery, Associate Editor

Dr. Phyllis A. Dennery MD is an Associate Editor for Pediatrics and chief of the division of neonatology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  Her expertise include neonatal intensive care, neonatal jaundice.  In addition to being an Associate Editor and regular contributor to Pediatrics she serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health, the American Lung Associate, and the American Thoracic Society.





Dr. Lydia Furman, Assistant Editor


Lydia Furman, MD, is an Assistant Editor for Pediatrics, a general academic pediatrician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine. Her areas of academic interest include general pediatrics, breastfeeding medicine, institutional review board issues related to clinical research, ADHD controversies, and resident education; her clinical practice at Rainbow serves the underserved.




Dr. Stephen Harris, Editorial Board Member

Stephen Harris, MD, MS, is Chairman of Pediatrics at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the public safety net hospital and clinic system for San Jose, California, and surrounding communities. He is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Affiliated) at Stanford University Medical School. He graduated from Harvard College, majoring in government, and Stanford Medical School, where he also earned an MS in Health Services Research. He did pediatric residency at Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Steve was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and is still an avid Cardinals fan.


Dr. Alex Kemper, Deputy Editor

Alex Kemper MD, MPH, MS is the Deputy Editor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University.  His areas of expertise include Epidemiology, quality of care, and public health.








Dr. Donald E. Lighter, Editorial Board Member

Dr. Donald E. Lighter serves as director of the Institute for Healthcare Quality Research and Education, working with organizations to improve quality management. His more than 30 years of experience include senior leadership positions in healthcare quality and safety, academic and private practice in pediatrics, managed care leadership roles, Medicaid and Medicare quality management programs and medical missionary work. He taught as a professor for the Physicians’ Executive MBA program at the University of Tennessee and authored three textbooks on healthcare quality improvement.



Dr. Jeffery Malatack, Associate Editor

Profile coming soon.










Dr. William V. Raszka, Associate Editor

Dr. William Raszka received his MD degree from Boston University and completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He has been at the University of Vermont College of Medicine since 1995. Dr. Raszka is the Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease service and a part-time hospitalist at the Vermont Children’s Hospital and is course director for both basic science and clerkship courses at the College of Medicine. He has been an editor for Pediatrics since 2010.


Dr. Joann Schulte, Editorial Board Member

Joann is board certified in general pediatrics and preventive medicine. She has worked at CDC and NIH. At CDC she investigated more than 100 outbreaks and worked in Atlanta, the states and internationally. She was state epidemiologist in Florida. At NIH, she worked on a vaccine trial to evaluate a candidate vaccine to prevent genital herpes in women. She’s spent a year in Boston at the New England Journal of Medicine as an editorial fellow and in July will be doing a medical toxicology fellowship at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas.




Dr. Beth Tarini, Editorial Board Member

Dr. Tarini's research focuses on the organization and delivery of genetic services in pediatrics.  She is particularly interested in pediatric population-based screening programs, such as newborn screening.  Through her research, Dr. Tarini seeks to optimize communication about genetic testing between parents and providers in an effort to maximize health and minimize harm.





Dr. Mark Neuman, Assistant Editor

Mark I. Neuman, MD, MPH is an Assistant Editor for Pediatrics, and is the Section Editor for eLetters.  He practices Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and is the research director for the division of emergency medicine.  He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His research interests include the study of common infectious diseases encountered in the emergency department setting, with a focus on pneumonia.