Children's Hospital Physician Elected to Institute of Medicine; Virginia Stallings, M.D. is expert in pediatric nutrition

10/24/2005

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A leading physician-scientist at The
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Virginia A. Stallings, M.D., has been
elected to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Stallings has long been a leading
researcher in the nutritional needs of children.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today announced the election of 64 new members from throughout the United States, in recognition of their major
contributions to the advancement of medical sciences, health care and public
health. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM
honors professional achievement in the health sciences and serves as a
national resource for independent analysis and recommendations on issues
related to medicine, biomedical sciences and health.

Current members of the Institute elect new members from a slate of candidates nominated for their professional achievement.

Dr. Stallings is the director of the Nutrition Center and deputy director of the Joseph Stokes Research Institute at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. An attending physician in the hospital's Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, she holds the Jean Cortner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology. She also is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Stallings' research has focused on nutrition-related growth failure in children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, obesity, sickle cell disease and osteoporosis. Her work has helped establish national standards for nutritional care for children with these diseases.

As deputy director of the Stokes Research Institute, Dr. Stallings is a leader in one of the nation's largest pediatric research programs. She has lectured extensively around the country on pediatric nutrition and bone health issues.

After receiving her bachelor of science degree from Auburn University, she
earned a master's degree in human nutrition from Cornell University and a
medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Stallings completed her residency at the University of Virginia and her fellowship in pediatric clinical nutrition at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. A resident of Merion Station, Pa., she joined the staff of The
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1985.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its longstanding commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking second in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 430-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For
more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.

Contact:
Joey Marie McCool
Phone: (267) 426-6070
McCool@email.chop.edu