Dr. Stephen Cook, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will discuss the social determinants of health and childhood obesity during a Nov. 9 presentation at Niagara University.
The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons on the NU campus. It is free and open to the public.
Cook will discuss how the identification of social determinants of health has evolved and impacts the health of children and families, with an emphasis on childhood obesity. He will talk about innovative models for screening and linking populations in need of assistance through collaboration with health care providers.
Cook is dual trained in pediatric and adult internal medicine. He holds a B.S. in biology from Niagara University, an M.D. from SUNY Buffalo and an M.P.H. from the University of Rochester. After completing his residency and chief resident year in Buffalo, he joined the Golisano Children's Hospital at the URMC in 2001. He completed an academic pediatric fellowship there, during which time he focused his research and clinical aspects on nutrition, physical activity, obesity and the metabolic complications that arise. He currently sees patients as part of the general pediatric practice at Strong Memorial Hospital, where he also teaches medical student and residents.
Cook's address is part of Niagara University's John J. Hughes, '67, M.D. Endowed Lectureship, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the health sciences or health care. Initiated by an endowment created by the late Dr. John Hughes, Class of 1967, an accomplished radiologist, the series provides an academic forum for the university community, area health care professionals and members of the general public to address topics of importance in contemporary health care.