Tuesday, May 12, 2009


E. Stephen Buescher, MD
is Professor of Pediatrics at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). He is a member of the Division of Pediatric Basic Sciences at the Center for Pediatric Research and the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters, which are in Norfolk, VA. Since joining EVMS in 1992, his research has focused on studies related to inflammation, related cellular and humoral components and the anti-inflammatory characteristics of human milk, and he has a clinical interest in phagocyte functional disorders. In addition to his active role in medical student teaching, he serves as Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program at EVMS. He is also Medical Director of Infection Control and the Clinical Microbiology laboratory at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. Well known for his fact-filled and enjoyable presentations on the qualities of human milk, Dr. Buescher is the author of Breastfeeding and Diseases.

Laurie Nomssen-Rivers, PhD, RD, IBCLC
moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2008 to take a position as Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) in the Division of Neonatology. Her role at CCHMC is to pursue multi-disciplinary research regarding human milk and lactation, co-chair a human milk and lactation seminar series, and provide evidence-based outreach to regional breastfeeding support programs. Dr. Nommsen-Rivers is well known for her contributions to research in the field of breastfeeding, human lactation and human milk, and her name has appeared as the principle investigator or a contributing member on countless research reports appearing in numerous peer-reviewed healthcare journals. Prior to earning a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California (UC), Davis in 2007, she examined the validity of various clinical indicators associated with breastfeeding initiation and duration for her dissertation Perinatal factors associated with breastfeeding success. She also serves as a study group member of the WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study Group. Many will recognize her name as Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Lactation, a position she held from 1997 through 2006.

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