2018 Big Shot of the Year - Dr. Stephen Berman
Stephen Berman, MD, FAAP
- Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, University of Colorado School of Medicine and School of Public Health
- Endowed Chair - Academic General Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Colroado
- Director, Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health
- Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics (2000)
For the past 45 years, Dr. Berman has worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado where he continues to care for children who have special health care needs, especially children with a rare skin disorder called epidermolysis bullosa. His career has been committed to integrating public health practice, clinical care, and child advocacy. He helped to draft and pass six important child health bills enacted by the Colorado state legislature. These bills provide health insurance to low-income children, require seat belt use, mandate immunizations and preventive care in insurance plans, and improve the ability of schools to provide health care services. He was a founding board member of the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Bight by Three and has served on many non-profit boards including Mile High Montessori, Mental Health Colorado and the Jewish Community Center.
In carrying out his international health activities, Dr. Berman has served as special advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United States Agency for International Development and the National Academy of Sciences Board of Science and Technology in Developing Countries (BOSTID).
Additionally, Dr. Berman has authored four editions of the textbook entitled Pediatric Decision Making and also published a book on child advocacy and health policy entitled Getting it Right for Children: Stories of Pediatric Care and Advocacy. He is an editor of Global Child Health Advocacy: On the front lines as well as a manual titled Pediatric Emergencies in Disasters. Dr Berman is married to Elaine Gantz Berman and they have two sons, Seth and Benjamin.