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Terri H. Finkel

Steering Board Member

Terri Finkel, MD, PhD, is the Executive Site lead for the Nemours Children’s Health System. She serves as Chair of Pediatrics, Pediatrician-in-Chief, and Chief Scientific Officer at Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Lake Nona Medical City, Orlando, Florida, and is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. She has been an NIH-funded investigator since 1990, studying mechanisms of immune dysfunction in autoimmune and infectious disease. Dr. Finkel was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and, in 2014, her biography was read into the Congressional Record of U.S. History, in honor of her leadership and contributions to healthcare. Dr. Finkel was recruited to Nemours in 2011 to build a Department of Pediatrics and Research Institute at the first free-standing children’s hospital to be built in America in three decades. NCH has cared for more than 100,000 children and families since opening in October 2012, and has established strategic partnerships with area hospitals, physician practices, academic institutions, and a successful research enterprise. PEDSnet is one example of this success, a partnership of the leading and largest children’s health systems in the nation, designed to transform pediatric health care. Representing nearly 4.5 million children (5% of the U.S. pediatric population), PEDSnet allows users to tap into a huge patient database of existing knowledge for clinical research, and offers a platform for new insights to be turned quickly to application on behalf of the health of America’s children.