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Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH

New York, New York
Speaker Topic: Climate Change, Toxics
PSR Affiliation: Member, National Board; Member, PSR-NY
School Affiliation: Fellow- Pediatric Environmental Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Areas of Expertise:

  • Climate Change
  • Pediatric Environmental Health
  • Social justice
  • Medical student activism
  • Environmental justice
  • Activism

Why PSR?

I became involved with PSR during my first year of medical school because I was impressed by it’s dedication to environmental health advocacy and peace work. The health/medical voice is a crucial part of the current environmental and peace movement, and PSR does a wonderful job with education, outreach, and policy work. I have continued to be part of PSR (and will continue to be part of PSR throughout my career) because I strongly support their vision and actions.

Biographical Sketch

Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH is a Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and serves on the national board of directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). In June 2013, she completed a residency training program in Social Pediatrics at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY.  She is currently a Co-Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) NY Chapter 3 Committee on Environmental Health.  Prior to her career in medicine, Lauren earned a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Michigan and worked as an environmental health advocate at non-profit organizations.

To request Dr. Zajac as a speaker, please email psrnatl@psr.org or call 202-667-4260.

In the Spotlight

On Friday September 12, 2014, MdEHN, Chesapeake PSR, and ANHE co-hosted a symposium of experts to assess the findings of the study, Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland.  There was general consensus that science is emerging that suggests health issues associated with various aspects of gas and oil well development need to be better understood, and that as a consequence, Maryland should not proceed with hydrofracturing at this time.

Publications:

Zajac L, Sprecher E, Landrigan P, Trasande L. A systematic review of US state environmental legislation and regulation with regards to the prevention of neurodevelopmental disabilities and asthma. Environmental Health. 2009 Mar; 8(9): online. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 19323818.