Richard J. Schanler

Dr. Schanler serves as Interim Director of Neonatal Services of the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. He also serves as Program Director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program. He is Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Prior to his move to NY, he was an investigator at the Baylor College of Medicine Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston.

Dr. Schanler is the current Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, co-author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statement, Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk, and Senior Editor of the AAP/ACOG Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians which currently is in revision. He is an elected member of the American Society for Nutrition, American Pediatric Society, and Society For Pediatric Research. He is a Founding Member and former President of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and Past President of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.

For more than 2 decades, he has focused his research on breastfeeding and the role of human milk in premature infants. He has designed and studied human milk fortification to supplement the nutritional needs of the premature infant, parenteral nutrition strategies, and discharge nutrition planning. He lectures on neonatal nutrition around the world.

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