05/2016-present Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics. Frank Netter School of Medicine, Quinnipiac Uniersity, Hamden,CT
Additional Biographical Information
2006-2009 Robert Wood Johnson Physiciann Faulty Scholar
2012 Member, International Associate of Pediatricians
Research Grants, Awards, Projects: Peer Review
Title: Iron Deficiency and Prolonged Bottle-Feeding: Risk Factors and Racial/Ethnic Disparities
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program Award
Role: Principal Investigator
Dates: July 1, 2006 – October 31, 2009
Direct Funds: $300,000
Fluent in Spanish, French, Czech, German, and Italian, with reading and writing skills in
Latin and Sanskrit
Refereed Journal Publications/Original Papers
1. Brotanek JM, Halterman J, Auinger P, Weitzman M. Inadequate access to care among Spanish-speaking children with asthma. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2005;16:63-73.
2. Brotanek JM, Halterman JS, Auinger P, Flores G, Weitzman M. Iron deficiency, prolonged bottle-feeding, and racial/ethnic disparities in young children. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2005;159:1038-42.
3. Brotanek JM, Grimes K, Flores G. Leave No Asthmatic Child Behind: The Cultural
Competency of Asthma Educational Materials. Ethnicity & Disease 2007;17:742-748.
4. Brotanek JM, Gosz J, Weitzman M, Flores G. Iron Deficiency in Early Childhood: Risk Factors and Racial/Ethnic Disparities. Pediatrics 2007;120:568-575.
5. Brotanek JM, Gosz J, Weitzman M, Flores G. Secular Trends in the Prevalence of Iron Deficiency among US Toddlers: 1976-2002. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2008;162: 371-381.
6. Berry A, Brousseau D, Brotanek JM, Tomany-Korman S, Flores G. Why Do Parents Bring Children to the Emergency Department for Nonurgent Conditions?: A Qualtative Study. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2008;8:360-367.
7. Brotanek JM, Schroer D, Valentyn L, Tomany-Korman S, Flores G. Reasons for prolonged bottle-feeding and iron deficiency among Mexican-American toddlers: An ethnographic study. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2009;9:17-25.
8. Flores G, Snowden-Bridon C, Torres S, Perez R, Walter T, Brotanek JM, Lin H, Tomany-Korman S. Urban minority children with asthma: substantial morbidity, compromised quality and access to specialists, and the importance of poverty and specialty care. Journal of Asthma. 2009;46:392-398.
Non-Refereed Journal Publications/Original Papers
9. Brotanek JM. Ethnocultural Differences in Parental Expectations of Normal Child
Development. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2007; (Newsletter).
10. Brotanek JM. Prolonged Bottle-Feeding Can Lead to Iron Deficiency in Toddlers.
Pediatrics for Parents 2007;23:3.
11. Brotanek JM, Seeley C, Flores G. The Importance of Cultural Competency in
General Pediatrics. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2008;20:711-718.
12. Brotanek JM, Oglesby Rocha L, Flores G. Supporting Immigrant Family Strengths to
Promote Optimal Early Childhood Health and Healthcare. Zero To Three. 2008;29:25.
13. Raynor M, Bouillon P, Brotanek JM, Flores G, Halimi S, Hockey AB, Isahara
H., Kanzaki K, Kron E, Nakao Y, Santaholma M, Starlander M, Tsourakis N. The
2008 MedSLT System. Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on
Computational Linguistics. 2008
14. Rayner M, Bouillon P, Flores G, Ehsani F, Starlander M, Hockey BA, Brotanek JM, Biewald L. A Small-Vocabulary Shared Task for Medical Speech Translation. Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics. 2008
Editorials, Letters to Editor, Other
15. Flores G, Brotanek JM. The healthy immigrant effect: a greater understanding might help us improve the health of all children. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2005;159:295-297.
16. Brotanek JM, Gosz J, Weitzman M, Flores G. Reply to “Iron-Status Indicators.”
17. Brotanek JM, Weitzman M, Flores G. Reply to “Secular Trends in Iron Deficiency: Connections to Obesity and Food Insecurity.” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2008;162:1195-1196.
Books, Chapters & Reviews
18. Brotanek JM, Flores G. Cultural Competency in the Emergency Care of Children.
In: Foltin G, Tunik M, Cooper A, Markenson D, Treiber M, Phillips R, Karpeles T, eds. Teaching Resource for Instructors in Prehospital Pediatrics. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration; 2005.
I am a dedicated and experienced pediatrician who is passionately committed to the care of children. I bring several unique assets to the care of children: fluency in seven languages, including Spanish and French, which enables me to care for children from a variety of backgrounds, together with experience in working with Latino and immigrant communities in hospital-based, community-based, and FQHC (federally-qualified health center) clinics in New York City, Rochester, Milwaukee, and Dallas. I also have substantial training and experience in medical student and resident teaching, research, and advocacy. While on faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin, I had the invaluable opportunity to work at the 16th Street Community Health Center (SSCHC), where I provided care to an almost exclusively Spanish-speaking Latino population of children.
During the five years from 2004 to 2009, I conducted research focused on improving the health and healthcare of underserved children, particularly minority and poor children with inadequate access to quality health care due to language and cultural barriers. In September 2004, I joined the Medical College of Wisconsin as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. As part of the Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, I worked to improve access to quality healthcare for underserved children. I 2006, I became one of 15 junior faculty nationwide selected to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program (RWJ PFSP) award. This three-year award has enhanced my career development by allowing me to successfully complete an important series of interrelated research projects; interact with nationally recognized health services researchers who serve on the Program’s National Advisory Committee; and benefit from the superb mentorship of Dr. Flores, who is nationally recognized for his work in community-based research, Latino children’s health, racial/ethnic disparities in children’s health, access to care, and culture and clinical care.
As a RWJ Physician Faculty Scholar, I received national and international recognition for my work on iron deficiency and early childhood nutrition. In 2007, I was invited to join the Division of General Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, an invitation which I enthusiastically accepted. From 2007 to 2009, I published 11 articles and made 15 research presentations. It is my passion and commitment to improving the health and well-being of children that has always driven my research and clinical work.
Over the previous several years, my focus has shifted to being a primary care pediatrician dedicated to clinical work and advocating for children’s health and well-being. I have spent the past year working at Bambini Pediatrics, the first integrative pediatrics practice in the Hudson Valley, and greatly enjoyed the experience. I joined Ridgefield Pediatrics in 2011 and have been here ever since. I love to travel (Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, India, and all over the world) and enjoy writing poetry, listening to music, singing, and playing the piano. Outside of work, I dedicate my time to Holy Cross Ministries, a charity providing primary and secondary education to the poorest-of-the-poor children in India.