Phyllis Agran, MD, MPH, FAAP
Car Seat Safety
Dr.Phyllis Agran, MD, MPH, FAAP, comes on the show to answer your questions about car seats such as: What are the most important features to look for in an infant seat? Why is it important to keep toddlers rear-facing as long as possible? When do you transition to a booster seat? How long do kids need to stay in a booster?
Dr. Agran is a pediatrician, board certified in pediatrics and in pediatric gastroenterologist. She has practiced in the Orange County California community for almost 30 years. Her research and advocacy work for children has focused on injury prevention and in particular child passenger safety.
Dr. Agran now serves as President, California Chapter 4, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She is the immediate past Chair of the National AAP Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention and has served on the Committee and as past Chair of the Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention – and in these roles has both reviewed and written many AAP policy statements on pediatric injury.
Since 2001, she has been Medical Director of California Chapter 4, AAP Injury and Violence Prevention Program. Representing the National American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Agran served on the Federal Safe Routes to School Task Force and the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Committee on School Transportation. She is the State AAP representative on the California School Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee.
Dr. Agran is Professor, Emeritus, UCI School of Medicine and Faculty Associate, @ the Center for Trauma and Injury Prevention Research, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Agran’s research has been on the epidemiology and prevention of injuries and translating evidence-based guidelines into interventions for children and families. Additional service has been on the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (CDC) grant review committee. She is also a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and a past president. Dr. Agran is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals including Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Injury Prevention. She is also Fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics and member of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Dr. Agran has drawn upon her experience to become a leading advocate for policies and programs — locally, statewide and nationally — to prevent pediatric injuries and promote better health and safety outcomes for children.
Melanie Cole, M.S.