The Society for Pediatric Research Announces Dr. Beth A. Tarini as 2021-2022 President


Beth A. Tarini, MD, MS Associate Director, Center for Translational Research Children’s National Medical Center

HOUSTON, May 25, 2021 – The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) is pleased to announce Beth A. Tarini, MD, MS, as the society’s new president for the 2021-2022 term. She will take office as President on June 1, 2021. She succeeds Stephanie D. Davis, MD.

Dr. Tarini is the Associate Director, Center for Translational Research, at Children’s National Medical Center. She is a health services researcher and through her research she identifies ways to optimize the delivery of genetic services to families and children, particularly newborn screening. Dr. Tarini’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, HRSA, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Tarini as SPR’s new president,” said SPR President Dr. Stephanie D. Davis. “Dr. Tarini has been part of SPR since 2009. She was elected to serve on SPR’s Executive Council in 2019. In her roles as Vice-President and President-Elect, we have benefited from her exceptional leadership and strong dedication to promoting child health. She will be an outstanding SPR President.”

“I am honored to serve as the next SPR President and build on the outstanding work of my predecessors. I look forward to working with our members and other stakeholders to build a more diverse and inclusive child health research workforce.” said Dr. Tarini.

Dr. Tarini’s mission during her tenure is to support the careers of SPR members who are women and underrepresented in medicine. “SPR is in a unique position to leverage professional networks, mentoring, and funding to help women and those underrepresented in medicine succeed in child health research. I am committed to ensuring that we translate this leverage into results.”

Dr. Tarini is eager to hear from fellow SPR members, new and longstanding alike, on how SPR can provide more value to its members. She encourages all members to reach out to her with their ideas.

For more information about the SPR Executive Council, please visit the SPR website.


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Society for Pediatric Research
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