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Joseph L. Wright, M.D., MPH


Joseph L. Wright, M.D., MPH, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Howard University College of Medicine, was recently elected to the American Pediatric Society (APS).

Society membership is reserved for individuals who have distinguished themselves as child health leaders, teachers, scholars, policymakers and clinicians and whose important contributions are recognized nationally or internationally.

“Election to the American Pediatric Society is a special honor and represents important peer recognition not only for my scholarly work but also my commitment to children,” Dr. Wright said. “Membership provides a platform for me to further Howard’s commitment to outstanding patient care and service to the community.”

As one of the nation’s leading pediatricians, Dr. Wright and has been recognized as an effective advocate throughout his career. As pediatrics chairman at Howard University, he is charged with advancing pediatric research, further developing innovative educational opportunities for trainees, realigning clinical services for children and expanding advocacy initiatives. Dr. Wright joined Howard University in 2014.

Dr. Wright’s scholarly interests include pre-hospital pediatrics, youth violence prevention and the needs of underserved communities, areas in which he has contributed to more than 80 research manuscripts, review articles and book chapters in the scientific literature. He serves on national advisory bodies, including the Department of Transportation’s National EMS Advisory Council, the American Hospital Association’s Maternal and Child Health Council, the March of Dimes’ Public Policy Advisory Council, and recently, as an Obama administration appointee to the Food and Drug Administration’s Pediatric Advisory Committee.