Carl R. Baum, MD, MSc, director of the Yale Lead Program, treats pediatric emergency patients at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, and specializes in toxicological exposures, including lead poisoning. “There are a broad variety of exposures that affect all ages and every organ system, and there is a renewed attention to pediatric lead poisoning in environmental health,” he says.
Environmental health threats include breathing problems from pesticides, lead poisoning from deteriorated paint dust, and cancer from radiation. In 2014, Dr. Baum was one of three principal investigators awarded a five-year, federally funded $5.7 million grant to address pediatric environmental health. He is a professor of pediatrics and of emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine.