Dr. Trasande is a faculty member in
pediatrics and environmental medicine at the NYU School of Medicine, and
in health policy at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.
His research focuses on identifying the
role of environmental and other factors in chronic childhood disease, and
documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent
them proactively. Dr. Trasande is perhaps best known for a 2011 study in
Health Affairs which found that children's exposures to chemicals in the
environment cost $76.6 billion in 2008. His analysis of the economic
costs of mercury pollution played a critical role in preventing the Clear
Skies Act (which would have relaxed regulations on emissions from
coal-fired power plants) from becoming law.
He has also published a series of
studies which document increases in hospitalizations associated with
childhood obesity and increases in medical expenditures associated with
being obese or overweight in childhood. These studies have been cited in
the Presidential Task Force Report in Childhood Obesity, and another
landmark study identified that a $2 billion annual investment in prevention
would be cost-effective even if it produced small reductions in the
number of children who were obese and overweight.
He serves on a United Nations
Environment Programme Steering Committee which
is developing a Global Outlook on Chemicals Policy, and on the Executive
Committee of the Council for Environmental Health of the American Academy
of Pediatrics. He recently served on the Board of Scientific Counselors
for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Trasande earned a Master's degree in
Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and an M.D.
from Harvard Medical School. He completed a pediatrics residency at
Boston Children's Hospital, a Dyson Foundation Legislative Fellowship in
the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a fellowship in
environmental pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has
testified before the Senate's Environment and Public Works committee and
Democratic Policy Committee. His work has been featured on the CNN
documentary Planet in Peril and in National Geographic, and frequently
appears on national media, including NBC's Today Show, ABC's Evening News
and National Public Radio.