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Photo of Ruth Lawrence, M.D.Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., D.D. (H)

Center Co-Director; Distinguished Alumna Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Lawrence is a pediatrician and subspecialty trained in Neonatology and Toxicology. She developed the first Poison Control Center in the United States serving the public and she is internationally recognized for her expertise in breastfeeding and therapeutic and environmental exposures. She has been instrumental in developing the National Lactation Center at University of Rochester. Further, Dr. Lawrence was a member of the original NYS Children’s Environmental Health Center at the University of Rochester. She has published a number of books on the subject of breastfeeding. She has been directing the development of the Finger Lakes Children’s Environmental Health Center with Dr. Miller and the team.


Photo of Richard Miller, Ph.D.Richard K. Miller, Ph.D.

Center Co-Director; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, of Environmental Medicine and of Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Miller is a clinical Pharmacologist/Toxicologist by training and has been counseling patients who are planning pregnancies or are already pregnant concerning health risks. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in Teratology. He is the immediate past Chair of the OTIS-ENTIS (Organization of Teratology Information Specialists-European Network of Teratology Information Services) International Research Consortium on evaluating agents that can produce birth defects and past president of the Teratology Society. He is member of the Advisory Board for TERIS (Teratogen Information System). Dr. Miller is also Director of MotherToBaby UR Medicine and a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicology.


Photo of Casey Rosen-Carole, M.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.Casey B. Rosen-Carole, M.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.

Assistant Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology
Assistant Professor - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Rosen-Carole is Medical Director of Lactation Services and Programs at the University of Rochester. She practices outpatient and inpatient Breastfeeding Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Rosen-Carole's research focus is in systems change for breastfeeding education and support.


Photo of Timothy Wiegand, M.D.Timothy Wiegand, M.D.

Medical Toxicologist - Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Wiegand is a board certified toxicologist handling a wide range of environmental, occupational and medicinal exposures in children and adults. Dr. Wiegand will respond to calls concerning environmental exposures in children for our center.


Photo of Augusto Litonjua, M.D., M.P.H.Augusto Litonjua, M.D., M.P.H.

Asthma Specialist

As Division Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology, Dr. Litonjua will be responsible for oversight of children that require asthma care and will participate in our Health Care Provider Education Outreach efforts.


Rogelio Perez-D'Gregorio, M.D., M.S.Rogelio Perez-D'Gregorio, M.D., M.S.

Research Assistant Professor – Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Perez-D’Gregorio is a bilingual (Spanish-English) retired OB/GYN with training in Clinical Toxicology, Reproductive-Developmental Toxicology and Placentology. After his training at the University of Rochester 1982 - 1987, he returned to Venezuela, where he was assistant Director of the National Poison Control Center, reproductive toxicology research and Obstetrics. He brings his experience to counseling health care providers, pregnant women and families concerning environmental and therapeutic exposures. He is also involved with our outreach program to community health care providers and families.


Sandra Jee, M.D., M.P.H.Sandra H. Jee, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
Pediatric Environmental Health Scholar - New York State Children's Environmental Health Center (NYS CEHC)

Dr. Jee is a general pediatrician and fellowship trained in Pediatric Health Services Research and Integrative Medicine. She has over two decades of clinical experience as a primary care pediatrician for underserved children, including those in foster and kinship care. Dr. Jee’s clinical work and research has focused on addressing social-emotional problems for underserved children and reducing health disparities. As a parent and pediatrician, she is committed to promoting resilience and healthy living principles through outdoor play and mindfulness. She will counsel families and will educate other health care providers and medical trainees on pediatric environmental health issues, including nutrition, lead exposure, and environmental triggers for asthma.


Jennifer Becker, M.P.H.Jennifer D. Becker, M.P.H.

Outreach Coordinator

Ms. Becker is also the coordinator for the Rochester Office of the Western NY Lead Poisoning Resource Center which covers 9 counties. She is bringing her experience and skills with the lead program to the Children’s Environmental Health Center to expand the educational opportunities across a 15 county area for all childhood exposures.


Sylvia D. ThomasSylvia D. Thomas

Administrative Coordinator

Sylvia Thomas comes to URMC with 20+ years’ experience in the Intellectual Disability’s field. More recently she served as Coordinator of Self Directed Services as Fiscal Intermediary Coordinator where she provided supervision and oversight of the Fiscal Intermediary services. Sylvia is currently Secretary for the Division of Neonatology at Golisano Children’s Hospital.


Community Partner


Photo of Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Ph.D.Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Ph.D.

FLCEHC Educator/Consultant; Associate Professor Environmental Medicine, of Public Health Sciences and of the Center for Community Health

Dr. Korfmacher is Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core for the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Rochester.


Photo of Stanley Schaffer, M.D., M.S.Stanley Schaffer, M.D., M.S.

Lead Exposure Advisor; Associate Professor Pediatrics and Center for Community Health

Dr. Schaffer is Director of Rochester office of the WNY Lead Poisoning Resource Center.


Photo of Eva Pressman, M.DEva Pressman, M.D.

Maternal Fetal Medicine Expert and Professor and Chair of Obstetrics/Gynecology

Dr. Pressman is our Ob/Gyn Advisor.