Nienke Dosa named as first professor of child health policy at Upstate, and a senior fellow at SU's Burton Blatt Institute

September 17, 2013


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Nienke Dosa, MD, MPH, has been named as the inaugural Upstate Foundation Professor of Child Health Policy at Upstate Medical University/Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. She also has been named a senior fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.

The announcement was made Thomas Welch, MD, Upstate professor and chair of the department of pediatrics and medical director of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Peter Blanck, PhD, JD, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) who holds the rank of University Professor at Syracuse University.

Dosa is a nationally recognized specialist in child development, whose focus is in the area of community organization for the care and transition of children with developmental disorders, such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Dosa has been a member of the Upstate faculty since 2002, and has served as associate professor of pediatrics since 2008.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University, and obtained her MD from Upstate and her MPH from the University of Rochester. She received additional training in pediatrics and developmental disabilities from both institutions.

In her new position, Dosa will further her research in the organization of health care services to children and young adults with developmental disabilities and in the development of inclusive fitness programs for these individuals. Dosa is a widely sought-after speaker internationally on such issues. Additionally, Dosa will continue as the medical director of the spina bifida clinic at the children’s hospital, caring for these children and for those with cerebral palsy.

“Dr. Dosa is widely appreciated as a caring and compassionate advocate for persons with disabilities,” Welch said. “We believe that this new position, and the support which comes with it, will enable her to impact individuals well beyond our region.”

The Upstate Foundation Professor of Child Health Policy at Upstate Medical University/Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital was established through contributions to the capital campaign for the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“The capital campaign not only helped us build a world-class facility to care for our region’s children, it has also enabled us to elevate and support the ground-breaking research faculty, such as Dr Dosa, do to benefit children far beyond our campus,” said Eileen Pezzi, Upstate’s vice president for development.
The capital campaign also has supported the establishment of two other endowed professorships: the Gregory Liptak Professor of Child Development, held by Henry Roane, PhD; and the Murphy Family Professorship of Children’s Oncology Research, held by William Kerr, PhD.

Dosa’s appointment to the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) is the beginning of what officials expect will be a long and fruitful partnership with the children’s hospital.  “Our program has had a long and well-recognized focus on the policy and legal issues impacting individuals with disabilities,” said Blanck.  “Having Dr. Dosa join us will provide the expertise of a talented clinician and public health expert to complement our diverse team.”

Through its research and participation in various projects, BBI seeks to advance the civic, economic and social participation of persons with disabilities globally.

Dosa’s appointments became effective Sept. 1.