About

LEONARDO TRASANDE, MD, MPP

He is the Jim G. Hendrick MD Associate Professor, Director of the Division of Environmental Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine. He also serves on the faculty of the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and the NYU College of Global Public Health.

Dr. Trasande is an internationally renowned leader in environmental health. His research focuses on the impacts of chemicals on hormones in our bodies. He also has led the way in documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin proactively.

For information on his work documenting the global burden of childhood lead exposure, including an interactive map of costs by country READ MORE

For information on his work documenting air pollution and preterm birth in the US, READ MORE

He is perhaps best known for a series of studies published in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism that document disease costs due to endocrine disrupting chemicals in the US and Europe of $340 billion and €163 billion annually, respectively.  For information about this work, READ MORE

He is also Principal Investigator for a research project comparing neurodevelopment, cardiometabolic and respiratory profiles of children exposed in utero to the World Trade Center disaster to a comparison group.  READ MORE

 

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Your child’s health

"Dr. Trasande leads one of 35 centers across the country as part of the National Institute of Health’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes program." READ MORE

— echochildren.org

He is leveraging the NYU Children’s Health and Environment Study as well as another birth cohort to examine phthalates, bisphenols, organophosphate pesticides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their effects on fetal as well as postnatal growth and early cardiovascular and renal risks. For more information about CHES and its role in the ECHO program. READ MORE

 

 

He has served as a member of numerous scientific committees and expert panels, including:

  • the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Executive Committee of the Council for Environmental Health

  • the Science and Technical Advisory Committee for the World Trade Center Health Program

  • the National Children’s Study Methodological Review Panel of the National Academy of Sciences

  • the United Nations Environment Programme Steering Committee on a Global Outlook for Chemicals

  • the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

After receiving his bachelor, medical and public policy degrees from Harvard, he completed the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics and a legislative fellowship in the Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to coming to NYU, he completed fellowship training in environmental pediatrics. For five years he also was a Lead Investigator in one of the original (Vanguard) locations of the National Children's Study, and Deputy Director for the largest (eight location) Study Center spanning a region from upstate New York to central New Jersey.

 
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RESEARCH

“Dr. Trasande is Principal Investigator on numerous NIH-funded projects. These include a study on prenatal and childhood phthalate and bisphenol exposures in Generation R (a Dutch birth cohort) to examine obesity and cardiovascular risks, as well as another project studying the effect of these dietary contaminants in children with chronic kidney disease, with the hypothesis that these exposures create oxidant stress and accelerate disease progression”. READ MORE

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HUSBAND & FATHER

Dr. Leo Trasande and his wife Dr. Caitlin Trasande are the parents of two young sons. They are a family of bookworms and board game enthusiasts.  Dr. Leo Trasande is also an avid runner and has completed seven marathons through the end of 2018 (personal best 3:57:25, 2018 TCS NYC Marathon).