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In this episode, hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, talk about returning to school during the pandemic. Nathaniel Beers, MD, MPA, FAAP, co-author of the AAP guidance for school re-entry, explains what needs to happen for schools to be safe and why returning to in-person learning is about more than education. The hosts also discuss with Szu-Ta Chen, MD, PhD, MPH, the findings of a new study of HPV vaccination rates in girls and boys. 



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Nathaniel Beers, MD, MPA, FAAP


Nathaniel Beers, MD, MPA, FAAP, is the president at The HSC Health Care System. He has served as the Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Specialized Instruction, and Executive Director for Early Stages in the Office of Special Education in DC Public Schools since 2009. 

Nathaniel is past president of the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was also the Chair of the AAP National Committee on Membership. He serves on the executive committee of the AAP Council of School Health and serves in a variety of other roles for the AAP, both regionally and nationally. 

Szu-Ta Chen, MD, PhD, MPH


Physician Scientist  

Szu-Ta Chen, MD, PhD, MPH, is pediatric gastroenterologist by training and a physician scientist focusing on clinical and epidemiological research. Dr. Chen earned his medical degree and PhD from National Taiwan University. He earned his MPH degree from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and then conducted post-doctoral research with Professor Sonia Hernandez-Diaz at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.  



Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

Dr. Szu-Ta Chen is an employee for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a position he accepted after publication of this study.

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