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Environmental Factor, March 2012

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Rogan honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics

By Ian Thomas

Walter Rogan M.D.

Newly elected AAP honorary fellow Rogan (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS epidemiologist Walter Rogan M.D., was named an honorary fellow by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for his exemplary service with the organization’s Council on Environmental Health. Currently the head of the NIEHS Pediatric Epidemiology Group, Rogan has been a lead scientist and expert in the field of children’s health for nearly four decades.  

“My association with the Academy dates back quite a while now,” said Rogan, NIEHS liaison to AAP for 35 years. “In that time, we’ve made some remarkable strides toward increasing the public’s understanding of how the environment can impact children’s health. It’s been a privilege to have been a part of that endeavor, and I sincerely look forward to doing more in the future.”

Having worked extensively on several key pediatric issues, ranging from lead poisoning and well water safety to the effects of plant estrogens in soy-based products for infants, Rogan is widely recognized as one of the field’s leading minds with regard to environmental health and human growth and development. Over time, that expertise led him to author a number of AAP educational and policy materials, including several chapters in its Handbook of Pediatric Environmental Health, otherwise known as the Green Book.

“AAP is pleased to recognize Dr. Rogan for his incredible work in the field of children’s environmental health, as well as his longevity as a valued member of this committee,” said Jerome Paulson, M.D., the chairperson for AAP’s executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health and a professor of pediatrics and public health at George Washington University. “He’s been an outstanding link between the Academy and NIEHS, and his scientific input has been essential to maintaining the productivity and credibility of this committee’s work.”

Founded in 1930, the mission of AAP is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, by supporting the needs of its professional members. At present, the Academy has roughly 60,000 members in both primary care and subspecialty areas.

“All of us here at NIEHS want to congratulate Dr. Rogan on this terrific accomplishment,” said NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. “Walter has worn a lot of hats in his years with this Institute, and it’s that rich experience that makes him the perfect person to represent our mission with the Academy.”

Rogan received an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley, before arriving at NIEHS in 1976. Since that time, he has served as the Institute’s acting clinical director, as well as chief of the Epidemiology Branch and associate director of the Division of Biometry and Risk Assessment.

Rogan will officially be presented with an Honorary Fellow award at the May 21 AAP meeting in Washington, D.C. 

(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist with the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)

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