Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P.


New York University School of Medicine

227 East 30th Street, Room 711

New York, NY 10014

Office: 646-501-2520





For a PDF version of my CV, click here.

Current Position:


Associate Professor (pending) in Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Health Policy, New York University (2011-present)




            1990-1994       A.B. (Chemistry, cum laude), Harvard College

            1994-1999       M.D., Harvard Medical School

            1997-1999       M.P.P. (Health Care Policy), Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government


Postdoctoral Training:


            1999-2002       Internship/Residency (Pediatrics), Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics (Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center)

            2002-2003       Dyson Foundation Advocacy Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital


Ø  Assisted and advised Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on children’s and environmental health, analyzed and assembled policy proposals, prepared speeches, and prepared the Senator for Meetings of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate.


2003-2005       Fellow in Environmental Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Academic Appointments:


            1992-4                          Teaching Fellow, Organic Chemistry Laboratory and Section,Harvard University Extension School

1994-1995       Teaching Fellow, Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Harvard University Department of Chemistry

1994                Teaching Fellow, Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Harvard University Summer School

1999-2002       Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

            1999-2002       Teaching Fellow in Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

            2002-2004       Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

            2004-2005       Visiting Research Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

            2003-2005       Instructor in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

            2003-2005       Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

            2010-present    Visiting Professor, Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro Universitario de Ciencias de Salud

            2010-2011       Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

            2011-present    Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Health Policy, New York University


Awards and Honors:


1990-1994       Dean’s List, Harvard College (all semesters)

1991-1994       Harvard College Scholarship

1993                                Ford Undergraduate Research Grant Award, Harvard College

1997-1998              John H. Knowles Fellowship (full tuition scholarship for study at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government)

2001                House Arms for service to Adams House, Harvard College

2001                                Von L. Meyer Traveling Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital

2001                American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access To Child Health Planning Grant

2002                                White House Fellowship Regional Finalist

2002                American Association for the Advancement of Science NIH Science Policy Fellowship Finalist

2003                                Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

2005                Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Travel Award

2005                Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting Travel Award

            2009                Top Reviewer, Environmental Health Perspectives

            2010                Faculty Member, Delta Omega Society, Beta Omicron Chapter


Review and Advisory Panels:


            2011                Health Research Board (HRB), Ireland, Peer Reviewer, Population Health Sciences and Health Services Research, HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Awards

            2011                Pediatric Academic Societies, Abstract Reviewer, Epidemiology


Peer Reviewer: Environmental Health Perspectives, American Journal of Public Health, Health and Place, Journal of Clinical Investigation, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, International Journal of Obesity, Epidemiology, Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Science and the Total Environment, Academic Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Health Affairs, Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Economics and Human Biology, BMC Public Health, BMC Pediatrics, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, American Journal of Preventive Medicine


Other Professional Appointments:


2005-2011       Steering Committee, National Children’s Study, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development


This Committee shapes ongoing refinement and development of the protocol for the National Children's Study, a longitudinal cohort study of 100,000 children that promises to identify the preventable and environmental causes of chronic conditions in childhood.  I also served on the Study's Data Access and Confidentiality Committee and Vanguard Center Subcommittee.


2007-2010       Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


This Federal Advisory Committee advises the director of the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR) regarding scientific direction and allocation of federal funding to achieve its purview.  I provided peer reviews to a number of sections within NCEH/ATSDR as part of this service.


2007-present    Special Interest Group Chair, Environmental Health, Academic Pediatric Association


In this capacity, I organize annual meetings of interested academic pediatricians as part of the annual Academic Pediatric Association meetings.  I am also working with my co-chairs to draft a position statement for the APA on environmental policy and children's health.


            2008-present    Contributing Editor, American Journal of Industrial Medicine

            2008-present    Editorial Review Board, Environmental Health Perspectives

2008-2010       Governor's Task Force on Brominated Flame Retardants

2009-present    Governor's Task Force on Mercury

2009-present    Steering Committee, Global Outlook for Chemicals and Waste, United Nations Environment Program


This Steering Committee executed in 2010 a preliminary assessment of current knowledge on trends in chemical production, use, and disposal; health, environmental, and economic effects of chemicals; and instruments and approaches for sound chemicals management.  I led a task force which specifically examined the economic benefits of sound chemicals management, including reductions in childhood disease and disability that can be attributed to chemical exposures.  The scoping document produced by the Committee, when approved by the Governing Council, has reactivated this Committee to execute a broader mission from 2011-2013, which will expand the scope of my involvement to quantifying global burden of disease attributable to chemical exposures, and reductions in this burden and associated economic costs that can be achieved through sound chemicals management.


2011-present    Executive Committee, Council on Environmental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics


The Council on Environmental Health advises the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics on issues pertaining to environmental health and toxic exposure. Council-authored policy statements address issues such as radiation disasters, air pollution, lead screening, and secondhand smoke. The council supports legislative initiatives designed to protect the health of the fetus, infant, and child from debilitating or hazardous environmental agents. The council also leads educational initiatives related to children's environmental health, including development of the Academy's landmark Pediatric Environmental Health manual, currently in its second edition.


Board Affiliations:


Grassroots Environmental Education, 2004- present

Physicians for Social Responsibility, Environment and Health Board, 2005-2008

Healthy Child Healthy World, Scientific Advisory Board, 2006-present

Public Health Association of New York City, 2009

Policy Advisory Committee, Children’s Environmental Health Network, 2011-present


Administrative Leadership Appointments:


Internal -- Teaching




Years of Involvement

Frequency Per Year

Impact on Course Quality

Health Economics: Principles, NYU Wagner School of Public Service

Course Director


Fall Term


Health Economics: Key Domestic Policies, NYU Wagner School of Public Service

Course Director


Fall Term


Health Economics, Master’s in Public Health Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Course Director


Winter Term

Designed new course

Introduction to Public Health, Master’s in Public Health Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Course Director


Fall Term

Designed new course

Global Environmental Change, Master’s in Public Health Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Course Director


Fall Term

Designed new course


External -- Teaching




Years Taught

Frequency Per Year

Impact on Course Quality

Children's Environmental Health Course, Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, Cuernavaca Mexico

Course Director


Once annually

Designed new course


For grant and contract support history, click here.


For publication history, click here.


For selected press history, click here.


Selected Academic Reports and Invited Presentations (from 70 Reports/Presentations):


1.      U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing: “An Oversight Hearing on the Administration's Mercury Pollution Rule.”  April 19, 2005. Washington, DC.

2.       “Health and Economic Consequences of Policy Proposals to Reduce Mercury Pollution in America,” Presentation at LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin.” A Reconsideration of Human and Environmental Vulnerability.”  April 22, 2005.

3.       “Public Health Consequences of Methylmercury Toxicity and Implications for Mercury Policy,” Presentation to 4th Annual Environmental Workshop, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services partnering with the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce and Transportation, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus, May 3, 2005.  Bethesda, MD.

4.      U.S. Congressional Briefing, “The National Children’s Study: Our Generation’s Best Hope of Preventing Disease of Environmental origin in America’s Children.”  May 10, 2005.  Washington, DC.

5.      “Applying cost analyses to drive policy that protects children: mercury as a case study,” Economic Impact of Occupational and Environmental Diseases Session, Collegium Ramazzini 3rd International Scientific Conference, "Framing the Future in Light of the Past: Living in a Chemical World,” Bologna, Italy, September 18th-21st, 2005.

6.       “Public Health Consequences of Methylmercury Toxicity and Implications for Mercury Policy,” Presentation to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Mercury Rule Workgroup, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, November 18, 2005.  Available at www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/airwaste/aq/regs/docs/TresandeLandrigan_Presentation_111805.pdf

7.       “Smarter Public Investments to Lower Health and Education Costs and Protect Kids.”  Keynote Address, Preventing Harm to Growing Brains Conference, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, Cowles Auditorium.  Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 21, 2006.

Average Evaluation (CME): 4.51 (N=105)

8.       “The Superfund Program and the Health of Our Nation’s Children,” Testimony to U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, June 15, 2006.

9.      “Health and Economic Consequences of Methylmercury Toxicity.”  NCEH/ATSDR Director’s Special Science Seminar Special Seminar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 6, 2006.

10.  "Childhood Obesity in America: Future Implications, Present Costs and Possible Solutions." Grand Rounds, New York University Department of Pediatrics. July 17, 2007.

11.  "The Urgent Need for Federal Policy Interventions to Prevent Diseases of Environmental Origin in American Children," Testimony to U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, September 16, 2008.

12.  "The National Children’s Study and Opportunities for Research to Study Pregnancy-Related Conditions, Causes and Effects," Grand Rounds, University of Rochester Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rochester, New York, April 2009.

13.  "Investing Wisely in Children's Health and Development through Environmental Prevention."  Plenary Presentation, Wisconsin Association of Perinatal Care Providers, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, April 2009.

14.  "The National Children's Study in Urban America," Plenary Presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, May 2009, Baltimore, Maryland.

15.  "Environmental Exposures and Children's Health in Lake Chapala Communities." Special Seminar, University of Guadalajara School of Medicine, Guadalajara, Mexico, February 2010.

16.  "Cohort Studies of Children's Environmental Health in Lake Chapala, Mexico and Prospects for a Mexican National Children's Study," Seminar, Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, Cuernavaca, Mexico, February 2010.

17.  "How Much Should the US Invest in Childhood Obesity Prevention?" Health Affairs Obesity Briefing, National Press Club, Washington, DC, March 2010.

18.  "An Update on the National Children's Study," Labor/Health and Human Services Subcommittee, U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee, May 2010.

19.  "From Epidemiology to Public Policy and Back: Prenatal Environmental Exposures and their Implications for Neurodevelopment and Obesity Risk," Seminar, Departments of Global and Environmental Health, George Washington University, August 2010.

20.  "From Epidemiology to Public Policy and Back: Prenatal Environmental Exposures and their Implications for Neurodevelopment and Obesity Risk," Seminars for Division of General Pediatrics and Neonatology, University of California at San Francisco, September 2010.

21.  “Protecting Children From Environmental Exposures: A Global Health Priority,” Plenary Presentation, World Forum 2010, New York, November 2010.