Researchers´ Profiles – Ruth Etzel

Ruth Etzel, MD, PhD, FAAP, is a pediatrician and epidemiologist. She is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service currently stationed at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, where she serves as Research Director for the Southcentral Foundation, an Alaska Native health organization.

Dr. Etzel discovered her love of epidemiology while she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1985. She founded the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Epidemiology and chaired it from 1988 to 1992. She is the Editor of the AAP manual Pediatric Environmental Health (now in its 2nd edition) and Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. In 2003 she was appointed to the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health. In addition to being board-certified in Pediatrics, Dr. Etzel is also board-certified in Preventive Medicine and served for 9 years on the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She has received numerous research awards, including the Arthur Flemming Award from the Washington, D.C. Jaycees and the 1998 Clinical Society Award from the US Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Association for her discovery of the association between infant pulmonary hemorrhage and exposure to toxigenic molds.


Etzel RA and the APA Research Committee. Ensuring integrity for research with children. Ambul Pediatr 2005; 5: 3-5.

McCurdy LE, Roberts J, Rogers B, Love R, Etzel R, Paulson J, Witherspoon NO, Dearry A. Incorporating environmental health into pediatric medical and nursing education. Environ Health Perspect 2004; 112: 1755-1760.

Etzel RA. Environmental risks in childhood. Pediatr Ann 2004; 33: 431-436.

Goldman LR, Falk H, Landrigan PJ, Balk SJ, Reigart JR, Etzel RA. Environmental pediatrics and its impact on government health policy. Pediatrics 2004; 113: 1146-1157.

Moya J, Bearer CF, Etzel RA. Children’s behavior and physiology and how it affects exposure to environmental contaminants. Pediatrics 2004; 113:996-1006.

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. Pediatric Environmental Health—2nd Edition. Etzel RA (Ed). Elk Grove Village: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003.

Etzel RA, Balk SJ, Reigart JR, Landrigan PJ. Environmental health for practicing pediatricians. Indian Pediatrics 2003;40:853-860.

Etzel RA. How environmental exposures influence the development and exacerbation of asthma. Pediatrics 2003;112:233-239.

Etzel RA. Stachybotrys. Current Opinion in Pediatr 2003;15:103-106.

Etzel RA, Crain EF, Gitterman BA, Oberg C, Scheidt P, Landrigan PJ. Pediatric environmental health competencies for specialists. Ambulatory Pediatrics 2003;3:60-63.

Etzel RA. Mycotoxins. J Am Med Assn 2002;287:425-427.

Dearborn DG, Smith PG, Dahms BB, Allan TM, Sorenson WG, Montana E, Etzel RA. Clinical profile of 30 infants with acute pulmonary hemorrhage in Cleveland. Pediatrics 2002;110:627-637.

Etzel RA. Indoor air pollutants in homes and schools. Pediatric Clinics of North America 2001;48:1153-1165.

Sarwari AR, Magder LS, Levine P, McNamara AM, Knower S, Armstrong GL, Etzel R, Hollingsworth J, Morris JG. Serotype distribution of Salmonella isolates from farm animals after slaughter differs from that of isolates found in humans. J Infectious Diseases 2001;183:1295-9.

Wallace DJ, Van Gilder T, Shallow S, Fiorentino T, Segler SD, Smith KE, Shiferaw B, Etzel R, Garthright WE, Angulo F, and FoodNet Working Group. Incidence of foodborne illnesses reported by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) – 1997. Journal of Food Protection 2000;63:807-809.

London E and Etzel RA. The environment as an etiologic factor in autism: A new direction for research. Environmental Health Perspectives 2000; 108 (suppl 3):401-404.

Dietert RR, Etzel RA, Chen D, Halonen M, Holladay SD, Jarabek AM, Landreth K, Peden DB, Pinkerton K, Smialowicz RJ, Zoetis T. Workshop to identify critical windows of exposure for children’s health: Immune and respiratory systems work group summary. Environmental Health Perspectives 2000; 108 (suppl 3):483-490.

Landrigan PL, Etzel RA. Chemical Pollutants. In: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics (Eds: Behrman RE, Kliegman RM, Jenson HB) Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co; 2000.

Etzel RA. The “fatal four” indoor air pollutants. Pediatric Annals 2000;29:344-350.

Rylander R, Etzel R. Introduction and summary: workshop on children’s health and indoor mold exposure. Environ Health Perspect 1999;107 (suppl 3):465-468.

Dearborn DG, Yike I, Sorenson WG, Miller MJ, Etzel RA. Overview of investigations into pulmonary hemorrhage among infants in Cleveland, Ohio. Environ Health Perspect 1999;107(suppl 3):495-499.

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. Handbook of Pediatric Environmental Health. Etzel RA, editor. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 1999.

Etzel RA, Montana E, Sorenson WG, Kullman GJ, Allan TM, Dearborn DG. Acute pulmonary hemorrhage in infants associated with exposure to Stachybotrys atra and other fungi. Arch Ped Adolesc Med 1998;152:757-762.

Jarvis BB, Sorenson WG, Hintikka E-L, Nikulin M, Zhou Y, Jiang J, Wang S, Hinkley S, Etzel RA, Dearborn D. Study of toxin production by isolates of Stachybotrys chartarum and Memnoniella echinata isolated during a study of pulmonary hemosiderosis in infants. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 1998;64:3620-3625.

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