Dr. Fima Lifshitz is Editor-in-Chief of Growth, Genetics & Hormones and is President of Pediatric Sunshine Academics, a non-profit organization committed to pediatric endocrinology & nutrition research and education. He holds an appointment as Senior Nutrition Scientist and Director of Pediatrics at Sansum Medical Research Institute, Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Lifshitz is also Professor Emeritus, State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn; previously serving as Professor in the Institution (1991-2007). Formerly he was Professor of Pediatrics at Cornell University Medical College, New York (1975-1991) and University of Miami, School of Medicine, Miami (2002 -2007). Dr. Lifshitz was Chief-of-Staff and Senior Vice-President for Medical Affairs (1997 – 2001) and Chair of Nutrition Sciences (1997-2002), at Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, Florida. Previously he was Chairman of Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center, Downstate SUNY Brooklyn (1991-1997); Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition and Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at North Shore University Hospital, Cornell University Medical College and (1972-1991). Dr. Lifshitz is the author of more than 350 scientific papers, review articles and book chapters. He is the author or editor of 19 books, including Pediatric Endocrinology now in its 5 th edition. Dr. Lifshitz has been on the editorial board of Growth, Genetics & Hormones since its inception in 1985 and became the Editor-in-Chief of this journal in 2004. Furthermore, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (1993-1998) and as Editor-in-Chief of International Pediatrics (1998-2002). He was a member of the Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics (2001-2005). Dr. Lifshitz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and of the American Board of Pediatric Endocrinology. He attained his MD degree at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, in his native country, Mexico, and obtained his pediatric training at Children’s Mercy Hospital and University of Kansas Medical Center; he did his pediatric endocrinology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Lifshitz has trained 35 fellows in the field and has been recipient of national and international visiting professorships and named lectureships. He has also received several awards and honors and is particularly proud the pediatric research center at the Escola da Medicina da Universidade Federal da Bahia, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil named for him.
Dr. Grimberg is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate and medical education at Cornell University. Dr. Grimberg completed both her residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was subsequently appointed to the faculty in the same institution in the division of Pediatric Endocrinology and in the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. She serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Endocrine Society and on the Institutional Review Board of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Grimberg's research interests focus on clinical problems of growth in children as well as the regulation of cell growth and death, particularly the interactions of the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis and the tumor suppressor p53 pathways. She has published over 50 scientific articles, reviews and textbook chapters. Her research has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society Genentech Clinical Scholar Award, and with coverage in multiple media venues in the United Sates and abroad, including the New York Times.
Dr. Lanes, MD is Professor of the Pediatric and Endocrinology postgraduate courses at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and the coordinator of the Pediatric Endocrine Unit at the Hospital de Clinicas Caracas where he has been since returning to Venezuela in 1985. Dr. Lanes graduated from medical school at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, completed Pediatric residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in New York, and completed his Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital under Dr. Claude Migeon. Dr. Lanes is licensed to practice medicine in Venezuela and the United States. He was Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Cornell University Medical Center and Attending in Pediatrics at North Shore University Hospital (1982-1984) and Attending at the Division of Endocrinology of the Hospital Dr. Carlos Arvelo, Caracas (1979-1991). Dr. Lanes has been secretary and president of the Venezuelan Endocrine Society and has served on the editorial boards of several medical journals. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and is the author of 16 book chapters. Dr. Lanes’ main interests lie in growth problems with a special focus on the diagnosis and treatment of growth hormone deficiency and more recently in the metabolic alterations of growth hormone deficiency.
Dr. Nishi is Vice President and Chief of the Department of Pediatrics, Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan, a position he has held since 1985. Also he is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Hiroshima University Hospital. Dr. Nishi is a graduate of the Hiroshima University School of Medicine where he attained his medical degree and where he also completed his pediatric training. Dr. Nishi holds a Doctors of Medical Science Diploma since 1980. He pursued his post graduate education in Pediatric Endocrinology Metabolism and Nutrition at the North Shore University Hospital/Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Nishi is a member of the Japanese Pediatric Endocrine Society and a corresponding member of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. Dr. Nishi is an accomplished scientist and clinical researcher. He has published extensively in the scientific literature, listing 135 peer-review publications in the field. To see Dr. Nishi’s recent article in GGH on “Growth and Minerals: Zinc” click here.
Dr. Rappaport is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Developmental Biology at the Faculty Necker- Enfants Malades, University of Paris V. He was Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology until 1998 and Director of the INSERM research Unit on Biology of Growth and Hormonal development from 1984-1995; Director of the Pediatric Department (1987-1996); and Director of the Research Institute of the Hopital. des Enfants Malades (1998-2002). Dr. Rappaport was a research fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1960-61 and was Visiting Professor at that hospital in 1973. His research interests include general clinical endocrinology, biology of the growth plate, growth regulation including pituitary developmental defects, and endocrine consequences of malignant diseases. He has directed, as co-editor, a Pediatric Endocrinology textbook, and contributed to chapters in numerous books and to articles in major journals. He is currently on the editorial board of Current Opinion in Pediatrics. He has given many invited lectures, among which the Ducharme Lecture at Montreal and the Lilly Lecture at the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. He received the Andrea Prader Prize from the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) in 1990. He was Secretary-elect (1976-1986) and later Chairman of the Programme Organizing Committee (1992-1998) of the ESPE. He has trained many fellows from various countries in Europe and abroad.
Dr. Root is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth and Harvard Medical Schools. After an internship at Strong Memorial Hospital, he completed residency training in pediatrics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Temple University College of Medicine. Since 1973 he has been Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Root has been chairman of the Sub-board of Pediatric Endocrinology of the American Board of Pediatrics and President of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. He is the author/co-author of more than 250 scientific publications. Dr. Root has served on the Editorial Board of Growth, Genetics & Hormones since 1993.
Dr. Ömer Tarim is the Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at Uludag University of Bursa, Turkey. He completed his medical and pediatric training in Hacettepe University of Ankara in his native country. Dr. Tarim was trained by Dr. Fima Lifshitz at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY between 1991-1995 where he was board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. He received an award for the best scientific paper published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (JACN) in 1997. He established the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Uludag University in his home country where he also served as Vice Dean and Chairman of Pediatrics. Dr. Tarim was one of the founders of national neonatal screening for congenital hypothyroidism in Turkey. He was a visiting professor in Pittsburgh University Children’s Hospital in 2003-2004. His basic research and area of interest is in nutrition and growth, as well as congenital hypothyroidism.
Dr. Tarim has contributed to more than eighty scientific publications including eight book chapters. He is currently on the editorial board of Journal of the American College of Nutrition, International Pediatrics, Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology, Turkish Clinics, and the Journal of Current Pediatrics.
Dr. Robert M. Blizzard was the founder of Growth, Genetics & Hormones and was Editor-in-Chief since the journal's inception in 1985 through 2001. Dr. Blizzard is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia. He was also the founding President of the Genentech Foundation for Growth and Development. Dr. Blizzard was the former Director of the Children's Medical Center and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia (1974-1987). Prior to that, Dr. Blizzard was the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a position he held from 1960-1973. He was also the president of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society (1973-1974). His research contributions in pediatric endocrinology have been broad, with special emphasis on human growth hormone, normal and abnormal pubertal development, and autoimmune endocrine disease. Dr. Blizzard has more than 200 publications to his credit and has been the recipient of many honors associated with his work including the Ayerst and Williams award given by The Endocrine Society . Click here for the GGH article “Robert M. Blizzard: A Legacy” or click here to see Dr. Blizzard’s recent GGH article “Growth Hormone as a Therapeutic Agent”.