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Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing: Barbara Medoff-Cooper
November 7, 2006, Volume 53, No. 11

Barbara Medoff-Cooper

Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper has been appointed to the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at CHOP—created to recognize and support nurses who conduct cutting-edge research.   

Known for her work on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants, and infant temperament, Dr. Medoff-Cooper is the first Penn Nursing faculty member to be appointed a CHOP-endowed chair. She is the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor in Nutrition at Nursing, as well as the Director of the Center for Biobehavioral Research.

“What is exciting about being the recipient of this endowed chair is the recognition that nursing research matters and makes a contribution to the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children,” she said.

Dr. Medoff-Cooper began her research career as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar. She has served on numerous review panels for the NIH, for Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Nurses Foundation. Her work has been funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health; and the Benjamin Franklin Partnership of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; as well as numerous professional organizations and foundations.

“The Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing embodies the Hospital’s philosophy of colleagueship, as it offers nurses the opportunity to conduct research alongside physicians and play a significant role in shaping a new era of pediatric health,” said Leslie Clarke, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at CHOP. “We’re thrilled with Dr. Medoff-Cooper’s appointment, as she is a role model of what a nursing scholar can accomplish.”

Almanac - November 7, 2006, Volume 53, No. 11