Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit

The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) is a Center of Excellence at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Founded in 1999, we have received core support from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Our mission in the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit is to provide clinical consultation and education to families, health care professionals, public health officials, and community organizations who have concerns regarding children's environmental health.

The Region 2 PEHSU serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is a member of a national and international network of PEHSUs. PEHSUs are located across the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Europe. PEHSU East (Regions 1-5) is managed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and PEHSU West (Regions 2-6) is managed by the American College of Medical Toxicology.

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We sponsor educational fellowships, research, seminars, and career development at the Mount Sinai Health System and throughout Federal Region II, which includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center serves as the clinical practice for the Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Fellowship, and the Pediatric Environmental Health Electives Program.

We educate and train students, physicians-in-training, environmental pediatricians, pediatric health care providers, parents, community members, governmental agencies, the media, and legislators about children’s environmental health exposures.

To expand clinical services and educational programs in children's environmental health beyond the New York City area, the Region 2 PEHSU has worked with the New York State Assembly, the New York State Senate and the New York State Department of Health to build a statewide network of Centers of Excellence in Children's Environmental Health.

This network currently consists of six Centers of Excellence. The Center at Icahn School of Medicine in Manhattan is co-located with the Region 2 PEHSU. The other Centers in the network each serves a region of New York State and are located at:

We have been actively engaged in a number of important projects, including some that have received notable grants to make them possible.

Projects

  • New York Statewide Center of Excellence
  • Environmental Protection Agency Making a Visible Difference in Communities Initiative
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Soil Shop
  • U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico Children’s Environmental Health Initiatives

Support

This website was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000237-03 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

Maida Galvez, MD, MPH
PEHSU Director, Associate Professor, Departments of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and the Department of Pediatrics

Perry Sheffield, MD, MPH
PEHSU Deputy Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and the Department of Pediatrics

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc
Senior PEHSU Faculty, Professor and Dean for Global Health

Robert Wright, MD, MPH
Toxicologist, Ethel H. Wise, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Joel Forman, MD
Pediatrician, Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine and Public Health

John Meyer, MD, MPH
Reproductive Environmental Health, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Katherine Chen, MD, MPH
Professor Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH
PEHSU Pediatrician, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Bambi Fisher, LCSW
Pediatric Social Worker, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Sarah Evans, PhD
PEHSU Outreach and Education, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Norman Zuckerman, MS
PEHSU Industrial Hygienist, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health