Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced that the County will host the fourth annual Orange County Cares Healthcare Symposium on Friday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at SUNY Orange’s Rowley Center for Science and Engineering.

This year’s forum addresses lead poisoning, its effects on families and children, and the costs to society.

“I’m happy to once again participate in this important symposium, which will highlight the devastating effects of lead,” Neuhaus said. “Lead poisoning is especially hazardous for children under the age of six. It is important to educate the community about the dangers of lead poisoning and I’m looking forward to another helpful and informative event.”

Pediatrician Morri Markowitz, the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Director at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, will serve as keynote speaker at the forum. Dr. Markowitz received his M.D. degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1974. He then completed his pediatrics training at Montefiore Medical Center, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1978. Subsequently, he trained under Drs. Bernard Zumoff and Rosalyn Yalow to become a Pediatric Endocrinologist and Clinical Researcher, specializing in the area of mineral metabolism.

Since completing his training, he has been an attending at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore where he sees patients with calcium or phosphate disorders and those with lead or mercury poisoning. He has also been an active research investigator focused on discovering improved methods to diagnosis and treat children with these problems. He teaches medical students, residents, and specialists about his field and holds the title of Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in these areas.

“We are very excited about this conference and bringing attention to an issue that has been considered to be one of the most critical childhood environmental threats in the world,” Orange County Commissioner of Health Dr. Eli Avila said. “This forum will bring together experts from the scientific and medical fields as well as state and local officials who will discuss regulations and their impacts.”



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