Stanford University

Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor in Pediatrics, Emerita

Iris Litt went from traditional pediatric training at Cornell in the late ’60s to designing and running a health care program at New York City’s Juvenile Detention Center. At Stanford she developed one of the first academic programs in the new field of adolescent medicine. Dr. Litt’s research on the impact of eating disorders on pubertal development, sleep disorders, pregnancy prevention resulted in more than 150 scholarly publications and her election to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Her belief that many health problems of the elderly originate in childhood led to her appointment to the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Center for Longevity. She is now a co-director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, research consultant to Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute, Chair of the Emeriti/ae Council, and Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor of Pediatrics (Emerita).

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