Michael L Weitzman

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Michael L Weitzman, M.D.

Departments of Pediatrics (Fac) and Environmental Medicine

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Mezzanine Floor, Rm 16
New York, NY 10016


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1976-1977 — Harvard School of Public Health, Clinical Fellowships

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Research Summary

Our research is aimed understanding and integrate the diverse factors in our society that enhance or impede the development and wellness of children. We recognize that while quality health care is an essential element of children's wellness, it is only an element. Ensuring wellness for all our children requires that we adopt a much broader framework. In particular, we are most concerned about the new epidemic of alternative tobacco products, parental depression and child health; and obesity comorbidities. We examine the interaction between the child and his or her environments and communities primarily through secondary analysis of large, national datasets such as the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the National Health Interview Survey, the Community Tracking Survey of the General Population, the State Inpatient Database, the Health Care Cost and Utilization Project, and the National Survey of Child Abuse and Welfare. In addition MUCH of the work on hookahs involves primary data collection in the US and abroad.

Research Interests

1.Hookah (water pipe use among adolescents)-- survey of med and dental students in US, Slovakia and Abu Dhabi; air quality in hookah bars; cardiopulmonary changes associated with active and passive hookah smoke exposure; epidemiology of hookah and e-cigarette use and marijuana use 2.Childhood Overweight and Obesity and sensorineural hearing loss and inflammatory markers 3. trends in mild sensorineural hearing loss and effects of mild sensorineural hearing loss on child neurocognitive function 4. adolescent risk taking behaviors 3. depression in mothers and fathers and effects on children Parent-Child Interactions - Child and Family Mental Health

Research Keywords

1 child health and development 2. alternative tobacco products 3. hookahs (water pipes) 4. e-cigarettes 5. marijuana 6. depression in mothers and fathers 7. obesity co-morbidities 8. child sensori-neural hearing loss