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.

 

Education

1979-1982 M.D. Degree: McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Hamilton, Canada
1978-1979 Psycholinguistics: McGill University, Montreal, Canada
1986-1989 Honors B.Sc. Degree: McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, Biochemistry Honors Program

Honors and Awards

2006 William A. Howe Award; American School Health Association
2005 Distinguished Services Award; American School Health Association
2003 Lyda Smiley Award, California School Nurses Organization
2002 Public Health Champion Nominee, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
2000 Outstanding Community Partner Recognition Award, The Community Health Improvement Partners
1986 Award of First Prize in Children’s Literature for Children’s Story, San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, Sixth Annual Writing Contest
1979 Graduation with First Class Standing, Honors in Biochemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
1979 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Publications

  • Publications Related to School Health from UCSD CCH
    1. Stein O’Brien J, Taras H, Barton S, Sellick P, Stein MT.  Behavior Changes Associated with a Disruptive New Student in the Classroom. J Dev Behav Pediatr 36:399-401.
    2. Taras HL, Contributing Editor. Academic achievement of children and adolescents with oral clefts. In Year Book of Pediatrics 2015; Chapter 5; Dentistry and Otolaryngology (ENT); pp 85-86. Elsevier Mosby Publications, Philadelphia, 2015
    3. Taras HL. School nursing: beyond medications and procedures. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Jul 1;168(7):604-6. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.451.
    4. Taras H, Haste NM, Berry AT Tran J, Singh RF. Medications at School: Disposing of Pharmaceutical Waste.Journal of School Health  2014; 84(3):160-167.  doi: 10.1111/josh.12132.
    5. Taras H. Truancy Due to Health Conditions (book chapter) in: Wiley DC, Cory AC eds. Encyclopedia of School Health.  Sage Publications, Inc (704pp); September 2013.
    6. Koegel L, Koegel R, Krasno A, Frea W, Taras H. Is Medication Information for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Monitored and Coordinated Across Professionals? Findings from a Teacher Survey; School Mental Health 2013; 5(1):48-57
    7. Taras H, Brennan J, Gilbert A, Eck Reed H. Effectiveness of occupational therapy strategies for teaching handwriting skills to kindergarten children. J Occup Therapy, Schools & Early Interv 4(3-4):236-246
    8. Taras, H. Who Should Administer Insulin in Schools? Sorting Out the    Pediatrics 2009; 124(4):1211-1212.
    9. Taras H. Health and Sex Education (Book chapter) in:  Shweder RA, Bidell TR, Dailey AC, Dixon SD, Miller PJ Modell J eds. The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion.  University of Chicago Press. Chicago IL. 2009
    10. 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.
    11. Taras H, Brennan J. Students with Chronic Diseases: Nature of School Physician Support.  School Health2008; 78(7):389-396
    12. Einesman F, Taras H.  Drug testing of students:  a legal and public health perspective  Contemporary Health Law & Policy Spring 2007; 23Article 231:1-34.
    13. 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
    14. 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 organisations. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 2005; 12(3-4):131-137. [Published in Dec 2006]
    15. Taras H. Childhood asthma: management in the school setting.  International Review of Asthma 2005; 7(4):66-73.
    16. Taras H, Potts-Datema W. Obesity and student performance at school. Journal of School Health 2005; 75(8):291-295.
    17. Taras H, Potts-Datema W. Childhood asthma and student performance at school. Journal of School Health2005; 75(8):296-312
    18. Taras H, Potts-Datema W. Chronic health conditions and student performance at school.  Journal of School Health 2005; 75(7):255-266.
    19. Taras H, Potts-Datema W. Sleep and student performance at school.  Journal of School Health 2005; 75(7):248-254.
    20. Taras H. Nutrition and student performance at school. Journal of School Health 2005; 75(6):199-213.
    21. Taras H. Physical activity and student performance at school. Journal of School Health 2005; 75(6):214-218.
    22. Taras HL (Editor-in-Chief), Duncan P, Luckenbill D, Robinson J, Wheeler L, Wooley S (eds): Health, Mental Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools. (2005). American Academy of Pediatrics; Elk Grove Village IL. (Content also available at www.nationalguidelines.org)
    23. Aronson S, Froemming K, Frunival R, Palmer SD, Taras HL, Thygerson A, Young-Marquardt R: Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers 2005; (81-95)
    24. Taras HL: School age child care. Chapter 23 in: Child Day Care Manual, American Academy of Pediatrics;  Elk Grove Village, IL (2005)
    25. Taras HL: The paradoxes of student health. News Leader-National Association of Secondary School Principals2004; 52 (4):3.
    26. Stein M, Pachter L, Schwartz L, Taras HL,: Disruptive classroom behavior in an Amish school-aged child with muscular dystrophy.  Pediatrics 2004; 114;1501-1505.
    27. Stein M, Pachter L, Schwartz L, Taras HL,: Challenging Case: Disruptive classroom behavior in an Amish school-age child with muscular dystrophy. of Develop and Behav Pediatr, 2004; 25(4): 280-284.
    28. Taras, HL, Wright S, Brennan J, Campana J, Lofgren, RM: Impact of school nurse case management on students with asthma.  Journal of School Health 2004; 74(6):213-219.
    29. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: School-based mental health services.  Pediatrics 2004; 113(6):1839-1845.
    30. Taras, HL: Abstract of “Drug Testing at School” by Goldberg, L, Elliot DL, MacKinnon, DP, et al. for School Health Program Abstracts, Journal of School Health, 2004; (5):183-184.
    31. Taras HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: School Health Policy & Practice, 6th American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village IL; 2004.
    32. Fontanesi J, Rybar J, Alex N, Taras HL, Reznik V: Peace Signs: A sustainable violence prevention collaboration between managed care and school health programs.  The Permanente Journal 2004 8(1):60-64.
    33. Hazinski MF, Markenson D, Neish S, Gerardi M, Hootman J, Graham N, Taras HL, Hickey R, O’Connor R, Potts J, van der Jagt E, Berger S, Schexnayder S, Garson A, Doherty A, Smith S: American Heart Association, Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee.  Response to cardiac arrest and selected life-threatening medical emergencies: the medical emergency response plan for schools. A statement for healthcare providers, policymakers, school administrators, and community leaders.  Pediatrics 2004; 113(1): 155-168.
    34. Taras HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Soft drinks in school. Pediatrics 2004; 113(1): 152-154.
    35. Taras HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics:  Out-of-School suspension and expulsion.  Pediatrics 2003; 112(5):1206-1209.
    36. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Guidelines for the administration of medication in school. Pediatrics 2003; 112(3): 697-699.
    37. Nader, PR, Broyles SL, Brennan J, Taras, HL: Two national surveys on pediatric training and activities in school health: 1991 and 2000.  Pediatrics 2003; 111:730-734.
    38. Taras, HL: Maximizing student health resources. The School Administrator 2003; 1(60): 24-25.
    39. Taras, HL, Campana, J: How one school district decided on its carpet policy. J School Health; 2003; 73(1): 43-46.
    40. Taras, HL: Forward to Manual of School Health, 2nd Lewis, K.D. and Bear, B.J. (auth). Saunders, Elsevier Science (USA), 2002.
    41. Taras, HL: Too sick to go to school? Principal  2002; 81(5): 20-21.
    42. Taras HL, Zuniga de Nuncio ML, Pizzola E. Assessing an intensive school-based assistance program to enroll uninsured children. J School Health 2002; 72(7): 273-276.
    43. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Role of the school nurse in providing school health services. Pediatrics 2001; 108(5): 1231-1232.
    44. Taras, HL: Consensus statement for insulin administration in California public schools. California Pediatrician, 2001. Fall; pp23.
    45. Taras, HL, and the Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness and Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Organized sports for children and preadolescents.  Pediatrics 2001; (6):1459-1462.
    46. Taras, HL: The importance of school health nursing. Op-Ed section, San Diego Union-Tribune, May 2, 2001.
    47. Taras, HL: The Bush administration must put school health on the national agenda. School Board News 2001; 21(6): 2-7.
    48. Taras, HL: It’s time for school. Health Scene, Journal of Wellness and Good Health Care (Natl Ed), March 1, 2001.
    49. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Guidelines for emergency medical care in school. Pediatrics 2001;  107(2):435-436.
    50. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: School health centers and other integrated school health services. Pediatrics 2001; 107(1):198-201.
    51. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Home, hospital and other non-school-based instructions for children and adolescents who are medically unable to attend school.Pediatrics 2000; 106(5).
    52. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Corporal punishment in schools. Pediatrics 2000; 106(2):343.
    53. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Physical fitness and activity in schools. Pediatrics 2000; 105(5):1156-1157.
    54. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Do not resuscitate orders in schools. Pediatrics 2000; 105(4):878-879.
    55. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: School health assessments. Pediatrics 2000; 105(4):875-877.
    56. Taras, HL, and the Committee on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics: Health appraisal guidelines for day camps and resident camps. Pediatrics 2000; 105(3):643-644.
    57. S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.
    58. Taras HL, Nader P, Swiger H, Fontanesi J: The school health innovative programs: integrating school health
    59. and managed care in San Diego. J School Health 1998; 68(1):22-25.
    60. Taras HL: Managed health care and school health. Pediatric Annals 1997; 26:12.
    61. Taras HL, Martino J: Children with special health care needs in early intervention programs: desire for child day care. S. Department of Education, Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), Ed #400667, 1996.
    62. Taras HL, Gage M: Advertised foods on children’s television. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 1995; 149:649-652.
    63. Taras HL: School health clinics: a cause for confrontation or participation. Calif Pediatr 1994; Spring; 31-33.
    64. Taras HL: The Hepatitis B occupational risk worksheet. J School Health 1994; 64(3):122.
    65. Taras HL: Preschool health issues (Chapter 5). In Nader PR (Ed.), School Health:  Policy and Practice. American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove, IL, pp. 51-67, 1993.
    66. Taras HL, Bassoff BZ: Illness and injury in family day care: a seasonal survey. J Comm Health  1993; 18(5):261-269.
    67. Taras HL: Special education: how to meet medical needs. The School Administrator 1992; 49(2):50-51.
    68. Taras HL, Broyles SL: Hepatitis B vaccination for at-risk school personnel. J School Health 1991; 61:136-138.
    69. Taras HL: AIDS in school and daycare. West J Med 1988; 149(4):451‑452.
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