Robert R. Tanz, MD
Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Dr.Robert R. Tanz, MD Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, comes on the show to discuss the changes at the Consumer Product Safety Commission to improve product safety.
Dr. Robert R. Tanz is Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, in 1972 and his MD from the Chicago Medical School in 1976. He was a resident in pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital from 1976 to 1979 and joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School in 1980. He was Associate Chair for Education from 1997 to 1999 and the Director of Medical Education in the Department of Pediatrics from 1999 to 2004. He is currently the Director of Continuity Clinic. He is a seven-time recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Education Award, voted by the pediatric housestaff.
Dr. Tanz was a member of the Executive Committee of the AAP Section on Injury and Poison Prevention from 1996 to 2007, serving as Chair of the Section from 1999 to 2003. He was a co-organizer of the HELP Network in 1993 and subsequently served on several HELP committees and the Board of Directors. Since 1999 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Kids in Danger, Inc., an advocacy organization focused on improving the safety of childhood products. He received the 2007 Kids in Danger Best Friend Award.
Dr. Tanz has conducted research and published in the areas of child and adolescent injuries, including firearm injuries, motor vehicle pedestrian and passenger injuries, cycling-related injuries, and product-related injuries. He has testified in regulatory and legislative hearings on child passenger safety, motorcycle helmet laws, firearm regulation and legislation, and child product safety. He is also engaged in research related to the diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of streptococcal infections.
Dr. Tanz visited all 30 major league baseball parks in 2006, in the process raising more than $30,000 for Chicago Youth Programs, Inc., a comprehensive inner city youth support organization. He was a youth baseball, softball, and basketball coach for many years and he is currently the assistant varsity softball coach at the Latin School of Chicago.
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