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Joan Griffith

Chairman of Pediatrics Ochsner Children’s Health Center New Orleans, La.

Dr. Griffith anticipates a pediatric academic appointment through which she will contribute to the achievement and maintenance of clinical/educational excellence, scholarship, community service, and child health advocacy. Dr. Griffith's most recent position was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Prior to that, she served in the United States Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a Colonel. While in the military, she was Chief of Medical Staff at a 300-staff health maintenance organization, Director of Adolescent Medicine and Staff Pediatrician at Andrews Air Force Base, and Chief of Pediatrics at Kadena Air Base in Japan. Greatly concerned about childhood obesity, Dr. Griffith conceived, developed, and implemented the University of Kentucky TEAMS Clinic, the first pediatric weight-management clinic of its kind in the Commonwealth. She plans to apply her medical and leadership expertise toward influencing policies that affect childhood obesity and related illnesses. Dr. Griffith received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio in 1978, and completed her residency in pediatrics at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1981. she received a M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2007 as a CFHU Fellow.