Professor of Pediatrics
Research and Teaching Interests
Dr. Howard Taras is a Board-Certified Pediatrician who specializes in the fields of School Health, community engagement in clinical research, oral health promotion to child professionals, and access to health care for underserved populations.
M.D. Degree: McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Hamilton, Canada
Psycholinguistics: McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Honors B.Sc. Degree: McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, Biochemistry Honors Program
Honors and Awards
William A. Howe Award; American School Health Association
Distinguished Services Award; American School Health Association
Lyda Smiley Award, California School Nurses Organization
Public Health Champion Nominee, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
Outstanding Community Partner Recognition Award, The Community Health Improvement Partners
Award of First Prize in Children's Literature for Children's Story, San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, Sixth Annual Writing Contest
Graduation with First Class Standing, Honors in Biochemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
Most Recent Publications
Taras H, Nader P. Overview of School Health and School Health Program Goals (Ch. 124) in: McInerny TK, Adam HM, Campbell DE, Kamat DM, Kelleher KJ eds. American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Pediatric Care. Elk Grove Village, IL. American Academy of Pediatrics 2009.
Taras H, Brennan J. Students with Chronic Diseases: Nature of School Physician Support. J. School Health 2008; 78(7):pp389
- Morton L,
Taras H, Reznik V. Encouraging physician-attorney collaboration through more explicit professional standards. Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy 2008; 29(2):317-330.
- Einesman F,
Taras H. Drug testing of students: a legal and public health perspective J. Contemporary Health Law & Policy Spring 2007; 23-Article 231:1-34.
Taras, H, Einesman F. Drug screening in high school: a legal; emotional and public health debacle? Abstracts of the XXXth International Congress of Law and Mental Health #55.3, page 163; International Academy of Law and Mental Health; Springer Publications, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2007
Taras H , Reznik V, Morton L. Law Students Addressing Barriers to the Delivery of Mental Health Care. Abstracts of the XXXth International Congress of Law and Mental Health #55.1, page 161; International Academy of Law and Mental Health; Springer Publications, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2007
- Potts-Datema W, Smith B,
Taras H , Lewallen T, Bogden J, Murray S. Successful strategies and lessons learned from development of large-scale partnerships of national non-governmental organizations. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 2005; 12(3-4):131-137. [Published in Dec 2006]
Taras H. Childhood asthma: management in the school setting. International Review of Asthma 2005; 7(4):66-73.
Taras H , Potts-Datema W. Obesity and student performance at school. Journal of School Health 2005; 75(8):291-295.
Taras H , Potts-Datema W. Childhood asthma and student performance at school. Journal of School Health 2005; 75(8):296-312