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Sheela Sathyanarayana, M.D. , M.P.H. ’93 Is Hazard Lecturer

During her presentation to the upper school community, Sheela addressed how environmental chemicals affect human health and offered a recommendation for students to reduce their personal intake of phthalates.  

Jess Rezac

Sheela Sathyanarayana, M.D., M.P.H. ’93 returned to her alma mater on Friday, Sept. 14, as the presenter for the Hazard Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Pembroke Hill Alumni Association during Reunion Weekend.

After graduating from Pembroke Hill, Sheela earned a bachelor of arts degree in environmental science from Duke University, a master of public health degree from the University of Washington and her medical degree from the University of Southern California.

Currently, Sheela serves as an associate professor of pediatrics and adjunct associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington.

As a physician scientist, Sheela specializes in pediatric environmental medicine and practices general pediatrics.  She serves as an investigator for The Infant Development and Environment Study, a multi-center cohort study of phthalate exposures in pregnancy and health outcomes in children.
 
She recently finished serving a six-year term as chair for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee and served on the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Low Dose Toxicity.  

During her presentation to the upper school community, Sheela addressed how environmental chemicals affect human health and offered a recommendation for students to reduce their personal intake of phthalates.  

“Given that diet is potentially the largest single source of exposure, the best thing to do is to choose fresh and frozen foods. This is something we tell everybody in our pediatric clinic is to choose fresh and frozen foods and to eat well.”

While a student at Pembroke Hill, Sheela was involved in Science Olympiad, National Forensics League, Environmental Club, volleyball, Pinnacle and Voice.  She also was the co-founder of the Liberals Club.  While at Pembroke Hill, Sheela published a scientific article and earned several research awards.

The Hazard Lecture Series is named after Mary Hazard, a former head of Sunset Hill, one of Pembroke Hill’s predecessor schools.