Dr. Michael Weitzman, associated faculty member with New York University College of Global Public Health (NYU GPH) and professor at NYU School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the Science Award from the national Children’s Environmental Health Network.
The focus of Dr. Weitzman’s career has been on understanding the social and environmental determinants of child and family health and the means to prevent or attenuate the effects of such exposures. He received his BA from CUNY Brooklyn College, his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and completed clinical training in Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical Center prior to studying health services research at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Weitzman has served as Chief of the Divisions of General Pediatrics at two medical schools and Chair of Pediatrics at another while also having served as director of Parent and Child Health Services for the City of Boston and leading multiple federally funded fellowship programs in Academic General Pediatrics and Pediatric Primary Care. He also was a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Academic Generalist Faculty Scholars Program and has mentored well over 100 individuals from Pediatrics and countless other child-health related fields.
His contributions to the U.S. federal government concerning child environmental health issues include having served on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and overseeing the committee’s input into the CDC’s 2005 statement on childhood blood lead levels less than 10 µg/dL. His research on prenatal tobacco and childhood secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure provided important input into the Department of Justice’s Federal Racketeering Case against the tobacco industry, in which case he served as an expert medical witness. Dr. Weitzman currently serves on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.