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In this episode Alex R. Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP, deputy editor of the journal Pediatrics, offers a bird’s-eye view of the April issue. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also speak with Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP, about the effects of global climate change on children’s health. 



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Alex R. Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP


Dr. Kemper is the Division Chief of Primary Care Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.  Dr. Kemper serves as the Chair of the Evidence Review Workgroup for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children and is the Deputy Editor of Pediatrics. 

Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP


Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Alexandria in Virginia and an Assistant Professor of Medical Education at University of Virginia School of Medicine. She was elected to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee for two terms and served as lead author on their Global Climate Change and Children’s Health Policy Statements and Technical Reports, published in Pediatrics in November 2015 and revised in March 2024. Dr. Ahdoot wrote the Climate Change chapter of the AAP’s book, Pediatric Environmental Health, 4th Edition, published in 2019, and served for years as Environmental Champion on the Board of the Virginia Chapter of the AAP.  


Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

Dr. Ahdoot has received compensation as an expert reviewer of an Environmental Protection Agency report on Climate Change and Children's Health, as a consultant for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-funded grant and as a speaker on climate change and health.  

Music Credits:
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Theme music composed by Matthew Simonson at

*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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