Dr. Maida Galvez

Maida GalvezThe Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine conducts groundbreaking research to identify the environmental causes of childhood disease. They focus on translating their findings into solutions that protect children’s health by using research to educate families and change public policy.  For example, moms who had their children even as recently as 7 years ago probably had never heard of BPA.  Yet I bet if you asked anyone with a newborn today, I would guess that the majority of them know to look for BPA products!  We owe our thanks to the CEHC and their world class scientists for conducting research that has been able to change public policy, not to mention helping families to educate themselves on the hazards of toxic chemicals.

Dr. Maida Galvez, a board certified Pediatrician, is one of these doctors.  Not only did she complete the Academic Pediatric Association sponsored fellowship in Environmental Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York but she is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics.   She directs Mount Sinai’s Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and practices General Pediatrics.  She is Co-Principal Investigator and a designated New Investigator of an NIEHS and EPA funded research project entitled “Growing Up Healthy in East Harlem,” a community based participatory research project examining the environmental determinants of childhood obesity. She is also Co-Investigator of an NIEHS/NCI funded project assessing environmental determinants of puberty in girls.   A great article was recently featured on Katie Couric’s website entitled, “Dr. Maida Galvez’s Advice for Parents About Chemicals In The Environment.”  which I recommend everyone to read, especially parents.

I recently learned that she is trying to create a video featuring hundreds of pediatricians taking a stance on gun control, yet unfortunately the project’s budget was cut and they are only $5k short of reaching their goal.  Can you imagine if the American Academy of Pediatrics was able to take a stance on gun control? I would think our legislators would take notice!

So as for the mommy awards Dr. Galvez …you are definitely one of our super-heroes!