On December 12, 2014, the NIH Director decided to close the National Children’s Study. The information on this page is not being updated and is provided for reference only.
Steven Hirschfeld, M.D., Ph.D., has been named Director of the National Children’s Study. He has served as the study’s Acting Director since August 2009.
Dr. Steven Hirschfeld joined the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health in 2006, when he was appointed NICHD associate director for clinical research. In this capacity, which he holds concurrently with his appointment with the National Children’s Study, Dr. Hirschfeld oversees the institute’s portfolio of clinical research, coordinates research policy and provides guidance on human subject protection, regulatory matters, the design of clinical trials and informatics.
Dr. Hirschfeld holds the rank of Captain in the United States Public Health Service and received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his Ph.D. in cell biology from New York University. Upon completion of his pediatric training at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Hirschfeld was a medical staff fellow in the Laboratory of Developmental and Molecular Immunity in the NICHD Division of Intramural Research. He received board certification in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology. He worked at the National Cancer Institute as a clinical investigator and then at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute’s website at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/.