Jeffrey Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical pediatrics and associate director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected a member of the American Pediatric Society (APS).
Dr. Brosco’s lifetime appointment to APS begins January 1, 2021. The Pediatric Academic Societies will recognize him and 54 other new members at their May 2021 virtual meeting.
“Our members represent the most distinguished and accomplished academic leaders in pediatrics whose outstanding work has advanced child health,” said APS President Steven Abman, M.D., in the Society’s announcement of 2021 new members.
Members of APS gain access to a network of pediatric health professionals as well as the Society’s policy council, which advocates at the federal level for child health.
Founded in 1888, the APS was among the first pediatric professional organizations in the U.S. It’s the organization’s rich history, Dr. Brosco said, that makes membership such an honor.
“The APS was founded just as pediatrics was forming as a clinical specialty,” Dr. Brosco said. “I completed my doctoral dissertation on the early years of pediatrics and can recall reading the letters and early writings of APS founders. I’m incredibly proud to be named a member of a society that these pediatric leaders created.”
As a pediatric development and behavior specialist, Dr. Brosco assesses children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. He also conducts research on health history and health policy.
Helping children and families gain access to health care
Dr. Brosco is particularly focused on finding ways to make sure children and families get access to needed health care. His most recent work centers on family decision-making as it pertains to in-person education during the COVID-19 pandemic. He and his colleagues created an interactive online tool for families to use — together with their children’s doctor — when determining the best schooling option for their children.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Brosco completed his residency in pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He received his Ph.D. in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Since joining the University of Miami in 1996, Dr. Brosco has served as director of faculty education development in the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Leadership Education Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program. He currently chairs the Pediatric Bioethics Committee at Jackson Memorial Hospital and directs Population Health Ethics at the University of Miami Health System Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy.
In addition, Dr. Brosco’s expertise has led him to serve in leadership roles at the state and national level for organizations that seek to improve the health of children, including those with special health care needs. He was the Florida Deputy Secretary of Health for Children’s Medical Services, overseeing Part C Early Interventions programs, child protection teams, newborn screening, and Florida’s health care plan for CSHCN. He is currently the state’s Title V Director for CSHCN. Dr. Brosco is also active in national health policy groups, such as the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (Department of Health and Human Services) and the National Workgroup on Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs/National Academy for State Health Policy).
In 2019, he was awarded a Maternal and Child Health Bureau Director’s Award for noteworthy national level contributions to the health of infants, mothers, children, adolescents, and children with special health care needs.