Dr. Robert Suskind was appointed Founding Dean, Vice President of the California Northstate University College of Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and International Health in January, 2012. Dr. Suskind is known nationally and internationally for his pioneering work in childhood nutrition and as an international expert in the areas of childhood malnutrition and obesity. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, over 230 abstracts, and has edited six textbooks in the field of pediatric nutrition.
In addition to his previous role as Dean of the Chicago Medical School in Illinois, and Founding Dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) in Texas, Dr. Suskind was instrumental in establishing the integrated basic science and clinical science curriculum known as the clinical presentation curriculum at the PLFSOM. Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Robert Suskind led Departments of Pediatrics for over twenty years including the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. Each excelled under his leadership.
Dr. Suskind received his undergraduate training at the College and Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins. Following Residency, he was appointed Field Director of the Malnutrition and Anemia Research Project (MALAN), the largest NIH-funded overseas project at that time, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. At MALAN, he initiated his research on the effect of malnutrition on the immune system and the optimal treatment of the malnourished child. After Thailand, he continued his work in nutrition. At MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital, he initiated the successful M.I.T-Boston Children’s Ph.D. program in Clinical Nutrition. The physicians he trained subsequently did pioneering work on the influence of nutrition in clinical medicine.
Dr. Suskind has had extensive experience in the field of global health having served as a Peace Corps physician in Senegal, West Africa, as the Field Director of Anemia and Malnutrition Research Center in Northern Thailand, as the Director of the ICDDRB in Bangladesh and as a Consultant to the newly established Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal.