Jerome Paulson

Jerome Paulson, MD

Jerome Paulson


Emeritus Professor


School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Environmental and Occupational Health


Office Phone: 202-471-4891

Jerome A. Paulson is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He created the American Academy of Pediatrics Program on Climate Change and Health. He is a consultant to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health and is a founding member of Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action and is helping clinicians in other states create Clinicians for Climate Action groups. He is a past chair the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health of the AAP and past Medical Director for the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units – East. He served on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the US EPA. Dr. Paulson co-created, and for a number of years lead, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health & the Environment.

Dr. Paulson received a bachelors degree in biochemistry with honors and with general honors from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. He received an MD degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. He did his pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He also completed a fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Sinai Hospital.

Bachelor of Arts (Biochemistry), University of Maryland, 1971

Doctor of Medicine, Duke University, 1974

Climate Change

Children's Health

Working with an array of community organizations, Dr. Paulson advocates for minimizing environmental health risks to children, including preventing lead poisoning and mitigating climate change. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics and on the EPA's Child Health Protection Advisory Committee.

  • School Siting Near Industrial Chemical Facilities: Findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s Investigation of the West Fertilizer Explosion. Tinney VA, Denton JM, Sciallo-Tyler L, Paulson JA. 2016. Environ Health Perspect; 124:1493–1496

  • Prevention of Childhood Lead Toxicity. Council on Environmental Health. 2016. Pediatrics, e20161493

  • Public Health Stops at the School House Door. Paulson JA, Barnett CL. 2016. Environmental Health Perspectives. 124: A171-A175.

  • Significance of the School Physical Environment–A Commentary Fisk, WJ, Paulson, JA, Kolbe, LJ, & Barnett, CL. 2016.. Journal of School Health, 86, 483-487.

  • Nontherapeutic Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Animal Agriculture: Implications for Pediatrics. Paulson JA, Zaoutis TE, the Council on Environmental Health, the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 2015. Pediatrics 136, e1670-e1677.

  • Findings from a pilot environmental health intervention at early childhood centers in the District of Columbia. Amoah AA, Witherspoon NO, Pérodin J, Paulson JA. 2015. J Public Health doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdv135

  • Medical education for obstetricians and gynecologists should incorporate environmental health.Tinney VA; Paulson JA; Bathgate SL; Larsen JW. 2015. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 212:163-6.e1.

  • Iodine deficiency, pollutant chemicals, and the thyroid: new information on an old problem. Rogan, WJ., Paulson, JA., Baum, C., et al.,  2014. Pediatrics, 133, 1163-1166.

  • Global vaccination recommendations and thimerosal
    Orenstein WA, Paulson JA, Brady MT, Cooper LZ, Seib K. Pediatrics. 2013 Jan;131(1):149-51. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-1760. Epub 2012 Dec 17. No abstract available.
  • Clinical services in environmental pediatrics
    Paulson JA, Gordon L. Clinical services in environmental pediatrics. Mt Sinai J Med. 2011 Jan-Feb;78(1):11-21. doi: 10.1002/msj.20230.
  • Climate change and child health in the United States
    Ebi, KL and Paulson JA. 2010. Climate Change and Child Health in the United States. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 40: 2-18.
  • Who's in charge of children
    Paulson J, Barnett C. 2010. Who's In Charge of Children's Environmental Health at Schools? New Solutions. 20: 3-23.
  • Development of the pediatric environmental health specialty unit network
    Paulson JA, Karr CJ, Seltzer JM, Sheffield PE, Cifuentes E, Buka I, Amler RW. 2009. Development of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Network: The North American Experience. Am J Public Health.99:S511?S516.
  • Global climate change and its impact on children
    Ebi, K and Paulson, JA. Global Climate Change and Its Impact on Children. Pediatric Clinics of North America.2007; 54: 213-226.
  • The use of the internet for children's environmental health
    Paulson JA, Arnesen S. The Use of the Internet for Children's Environmental Health. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2007; 54: 135-54
  • Pediatric clinics of North America
    Paulson JA, Gitterman BG (eds.). Pediatric Clinics of North America: Children's Health & the Environment, Part 2 W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia. April, 2007.
  • Protecting children from environmental hazards
    Lanphear BP, Paulson JA, Beirne S. Trials and Tribulations of Protecting Children from Environmental Hazards. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2006.114:1609-1612.
  • Exploring ethical issues in research in children's health and the environment
    Paulson, JA. An Exploration of Ethical Issues in Research in Children's Health and the Environment. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2006.114:1603-1608.
  • Incorporating environmental health into pediatric medical and nursing education
    McCurdy LE, Roberts J, Rogers B, Love R, Etzel R, Paulson J, Obot Witherspoon N, and Dearry A. Incorporating Environmental Health into Pediatric Medical and Nursing Education. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2004; 112(17):1755-60
  • Children's environmental health policy and advocacy
    Paulson JA. Children's Environmental Health Policy and Advocacy. Pediatric Clinics of North America.2001;48:1307-18
  • Pediatric clinics of North America
    Paulson JA (ed). Pediatric Clinics of North America: Children's Environmental Health: W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia, October, 2001.
  • Children's environmental health policy and advocacy.
    Paulson JA. Children
    Pediatrics: review for new national boards.

    Paulson, JA. Pediatrics: review for new national boards. Alexandria (VA): J & S Publishing Co., Inc.; 2000.

  • Expanding the physician's role in pediatric environmental health
    Paulson JA, Jackson RJ, Sussman D. Expanding the physician's role in pediatric environmental health. Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. 1999; 88: 13-17.