Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP

A Staunch Advocate
for Children’s HEALTH and

Jerome A. Paulson, MD is an internationally recognized expert on environmental issues and its impact on the health of children. He has more than 30 years of experience providing health care to children and dealing with environmental health issues.

A Staunch Advocate for Children’s HEALTH and the ENVIRONMENT

Jerome A. Paulson, MD is an internationally recognized expert on environmental issues and its impact on the health of children. He has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry.


For environmental issues affecting children’s health, seek the professional advice of Jerome A. Paulson, MD. In addition to being a physician, Dr. Paulson hosts lectures and webinars as well as provide advice and expert witness services related to the topic.


Dr. Paulson has frequently testified before the Congress and participated in congressional briefings on environmental health issues. These include air and water pollution, lead poisoning, and unconventional gas extraction (fracking).

He advises health professionals, parents, lawyers, and others on various conditions like asthma as well as the following topics:

  • Brominated Flame Retardants Exposure
  • Damp Buildings and Mold
  • Lead Exposure
  • Mercury Exposure
  • Radiation Exposure
  • Toxicants From an Asphalt Plant
  • Other Environmental Health Hazards

Dr. Paulson has lectured in multiple venues in the US and overseas on pediatric environmental health, including climate change, environmental health policy, and reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), among other issues.

Education, Work Experience, and Other Accomplishments

Dr. Paulson has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with honors and general honors from the University of Maryland and an MD from Duke University. He did his pediatrics residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sinai Hospital, which are both in Baltimore, MD, while he obtained a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics at Sinai Hospital.

He taught and practiced primary care pediatrics for many years at the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, George Washington University (GWU), and Children’s Pediatricians & Associates. In 2008, he became the medical director for national and global affairs in the Child Health Advocacy Institute of the Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C.

After nearly 25 years on the faculties of GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Dr. Paulson was named Professor Emeritus in Pediatrics and Professor Emeritus in Environmental and Occupational Health respectively in 2015. He is currently a consultant to nongovernmental organizations, lawyers, and others in matters related to children’s health and the environment.

Dr. Paulson is a past chair of the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)’s Council on Environmental Health. Before that, he served as a member of the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the United States Environmental Protection Agency for six years. From 2000 to early 2015, he was the director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment—one of 10 pediatric environmental health specialty units (PEHSUs) in the US.

In 2014, Dr. Paulson was elected to the Collegium Ramazzini, an international honorary society of 185 experts focused on environmental health issues. He also received the Hero’s Award from the Healthy Schools Network—a national nongovernmental organization focused on environmental health in schools.

He further served on the pediatric medical care committee of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and was part of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures organized by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. In 2011, Dr. Paulson was elected to the American Pediatric Society primarily because of his work on public policy and advocacy.

In October 2004, he was a Dozor Visiting Professor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel. He lectured there and throughout Israel on children’s environmental health.

Dr. Paulson was a recipient of the Soros Advocacy Fellowship for Physicians from the Open Society Institute and worked with the Children’s Environmental Health Network in the early 2000s. He also served as a special assistant to the director of the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and worked on children’s environmental health issues.

He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow during the academic year 1985–1986 and worked on Capitol Hill for a member of the US House of Representatives. Dr. Paulson served on the AAP’s Council on Government Affairs and chaired the public policy committee of the Academic Pediatric Association.

In addition to serving on numerous boards and committees, he has published papers and book chapters on many different topics related to children’s health and the environment.


Jerome A. Paulson, MD is an expert when it comes to presenting topics related to the environment and its impact on children’s health. In addition to leading lectures for large audiences, small group discussions, and webinars, he assists in developing policy options associated with issues on the health of children and the environment at large.

If needed, Dr. Paulson provides expert witness and forensic consulting services to attorneys involved in litigation about the health effects of exposures to environmental hazards among children.


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