Opening Remarks

Richard J. Schanler, MD

Director of Neonatal Services,
Cohen Children’s Medical Center, NorthwellHealth;
and Professor of Pediatrics, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell,
New Hyde Park, NY, USA

Speaker Bio -Richard J. Schanler, MD

Dr. Richard J. Schanler received his MD from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, followed by a fellowship in neonatology at Brown University. He is a former professor and investigator at the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston. Dr. Schanler is currently Director of Neonatal Services at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and Northwell Health, which includes 10 hospitals delivering newborn care for 40,000 births and nearly 5,000 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions annually. There, he also serves as Program Director for the Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Dr. Schanler is also Professor of Pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and a Research Investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Dr. Schanler’s main research and clinical interests focus on nutrition in the NICU. He has conducted studies focusing on the effects of human milk on premature infants and how processing affects the composition of human milk. His research on human milk and early nutrition has resulted in numerous publications. Dr. Schanler is a member of the American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research, as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a former president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation. He is the immediate past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding and is the Senior Editor of the AAP/American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians.