Rebecca Seltzer elected to American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care Executive Committee

April 10, 2023

Berman Institute associate faculty member Rebecca Seltzer, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has been elected to the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care Executive Committee.

Dr. Seltzer’s research involves improving care for children with medical complexity, with a particular focus on those in the child welfare system. She is exploring the ethical and policy challenges that arise when caring for this vulnerable population, including challenges related to medical decision-making, conducting research with children in foster care, and gaps in community supports and placement options for children with medical complexity. She is an attending physician at the Harriet Lane Primary Care clinic, where she oversees pediatric residents and medical students.

“This election is an honor and I am excited to take on more of a leadership role in foster care advocacy and policy,” said Dr. Seltzer.

The Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care promotes the health and development of children and youth who are at risk for or have experienced family disruption. The Council accomplishes this by developing policy guidelines for comprehensive and trauma-informed care, advocating for child and youth to thrive, and providing education and support to the members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, other health professionals, and the child welfare community.

Dr. Seltzer is a former Hecht-Levi Fellow at the Berman Institute. She received her BA from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar, received her MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, completed pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, completed fellowship training in Academic General Pediatrics and ethics at Johns Hopkins, and received an MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.