Todd Florin, MD, MSCE, Director of Research for the Division of Emergency Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been elected Strategy & Operations Officer (SOO) at the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) – a prestigious organization founded in 1929 that strengthens and supports the pediatric research community by creating a network of multidisciplinary researchers to improve child health.
In his five-year term, which will begin in 2022, Dr. Florin will serve as the chief partner of the SPR President and SPR staff overseeing the financial stability of the Society and fulfillment of strategic goals. He will start as SOO-elect on June 1, 2021.
“I am very excited about my new role within SPR and the opportunity to develop the next generation of pediatric scientists,” says Dr. Florin. “I would like to prioritize SPR initiatives that stimulate synergistic research across disciplines, backgrounds, and institutions.”
Dr. Florin is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and nationally recognized expert in the field of respiratory infectious diseases in the acute care setting. His National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research program focuses on improving the diagnosis and management of children with lower respiratory tract infections through clinical and molecular epidemiology and clinical trials.
An SPR member since 2015, Dr. Florin served on SPR Council and SPR PAS content committee from 2017-2020, and as Chair of the SPR Perspectives Committee from 2018-2020. In this role, he greatly expanded the SPR Perspectives contributions to the society’s partner journal, Pediatric Research, while fostering collaborative writing relationships between junior and experienced SPR members. Dr. Florin serves on the planning committee for the PAS meeting, in addition to leading multicenter research as part of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee of the AAP, the HRSA-funded Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, and the global Pediatric Emergency Research Networks.
Dr. Florin received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Research at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is conducted through the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. The Manne Research Institute is focused on improving child health, transforming pediatric medicine and ensuring healthier futures through the relentless pursuit of knowledge. Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. It is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Last year, the hospital served more than 220,000 children from 48 states and 49 countries.