ABM Gold Member Profile: Touraj Shafai, MD, PhD, FAAP, FABM
ABM: Why did you become a member of ABM?
Shafai: To improve my knowledge about benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby and to society.
ABM: What is ABM‘s greatest strength?
Shafai: As an organization ABM has the greatest collection of knowledge than any other organization.
ABM: What inspires you to promote, protect and support breastfeeding?
Shafai: To educate moms regarding the benefits of breastfeeding so our newborns can achieve their fullest potential.
ABM: What advice can you offer to physicians who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding?
Shafai: To become a member of the ABM and attend the Annual Meetings of the Academy.
ABM: What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?
Shafai: To receive a PhD in biochemistry following my MD degree which provided me with critical thinking and gave me the tools in research and improving patient care.
ABM: What is a current challenge for you in your work?
Shafai: To get rid of some of the hospital policies such as the old hypoglycemia and jaundice policies that are obstacles to breastfeeding.
ABM: What can ABM offer physicians worldwide?
Shafai: Many pediatric residents and medical students express a desire to learn more about breastfeeding. Unfortunately this is not available in their training programs. We should be able to fill this gap and provide them with the information that they need.
Thank you, Dr. Shafai. We look forward to featuring additional Lifetime and Gold Members on the ABM Blog each month.
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