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Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH

Pediatrician and early childhood health advocate

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH

Pediatrician and early childhood health advocate

Biography

A pioneer in the field of medicine, Nadine Burke Harris has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated that it’s time to reassess the relationship between early childhood adversity, child development, and health, and how the practical applications of the ACE study can improve health outcomes.

A pediatrician, mom, and founder/CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, Dr. Burke Harris has brought these scientific discoveries and her new approach to audiences at the Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Google Zeitgeist.

Dr. Burke Harris’ TED talk, “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime,” has been viewed more than one million times. Her work has been profiled in the New Yorker, in Paul Tough’s best-selling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, and in Jamie Redford’s soon to be released feature film, Resilience.

Dr. Burke Harris serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail initiative, championed by the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation, to improve the lives of children ages birth to five.

She also serves as an advisor on Governor Brown’s Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, and as a committee member for the Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Burke Harris’ work has also earned her the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

With partners and allies, Dr. Burke Harris and the Center for Youth Wellness are spearheading a national public education campaign to get the message out on early adversity to parents and pediatricians across the country, just as previous campaigns did for seat belts and secondhand smoke.

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