Dipesh Navsaria MPH, MSLIS, MDAssociate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Clinical Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, is a pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children's librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate. With graduate degrees in public health, children's librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together.
An associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he has practiced primary care pediatrics in a variety of settings with special interest in underserved populations. With a graduate degree in children's librarianship, he has the right skill set to be the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin and the founder and director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the University of Wisconsin. With respect to education, Dr. Navsaria is heavily involved in advocacy training for and is frequently involved in medical student and physician assistant education from the clinical arena through myriad small group and lecture formats. He serves as the medical director of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's physician assistant program, and was previously the director of the MD–MPH program.
Dr. Navsaria works with the American Academy of Pediatrics on a state level, and is a past president of the Wisconsin Chapter. He also has served nationally on a number of AAP committees, including being the current chair of the Council on Early Childhood and a founding co-chair of the COEC's Early Literacy Subcommittee. He regularly writes op-eds on health-related topics, does radio and television interviews, and frequently speaks locally, regionally and nationally on early brain and child development, early literacy, and advocacy to a broad variety of audiences. He also has a modest professional presence on social media.
Born in London, England and raised in New York City, Dr. Navsaria attended the Bronx High School of Science. His undergraduate education was at Boston University, majoring in Biology and English Literature. He completed a Master’s in Public Health at Boston University and Physician Assistant training at The George Washington University in the District of Columbia. He practiced as a pediatric physician assistant in East Central Illinois before attending medical school at the University of Illinois in Urbana. During his time there, he also completed a master's degree in library and information science at the University of Illinois, focusing on children’s librarianship. He then completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.
He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his family. He has a lovely, supportive wife and two children. They not only put up with his sense of humor, they encourage it! Well, at least his wife does — his teenage children now just roll their eyes.
Committed to understanding how basic science can translate into busy primary-care settings via population health concepts and policy initiatives, Dr. Navsaria aims to educate the next generation of those who work with children and families in realizing how their professional roles include being involved in larger concepts of social policy and how they may affect the cognitive and socioemotional development of children for their future benefit.
Consulting Pediatrician, Pediatrics Supporting Parents Initiative
Chair of the Executive Committee, Council on Early Childhood, American Academy of Pediatrics
Past President and Policy Chair, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Chair of the Board of Directors, Reach Out and Read National Center
Founding Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
Board of Directors, Parents As Teachers
Recent Contributions to PracticeUpdate:
- Using Finger Puppets in the Primary Care Setting to Support Caregivers Talking With Their Infants
- Digital Technology Distraction for Acute Pain in Children
- Cool Running Water First Aid Decreases Skin Grafting Requirements in Pediatric Burns
- Association of Repeated Antibiotic Exposure and Childhood Obesity
- Avoiding Supplementation With Cow's Milk Formula at Birth Prevents Cow's Milk Sensitization and Food Allergy
- Association Between Sleep Duration and Psychiatric Disorders in Middle Childhood
- Association Between Greenness Surrounding Schools and ADHD in Children
- High-Dose EPA in the Treatment of ADHD
- Confidentiality in the Doctor–Patient Relationship
- 2019 Top Stories in Primary Care: The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health