Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Leadership for Penn State PRO Wellness is provided by representatives of both the Pediatric and Internal Medicine departments at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. This team is responsible for determining the overall direction of PRO Wellness, contributing financial resources and related opportunities, and advising the Executive Director in Center management issues. This team is comprised of the following individuals:

Gil Pak, M.H.A.

Operations Director, Department of Pediatrics

    Gil Pak is a seasoned healthcare administrator who has been with the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 2002 and brings with him experience in both payer and provider environments. With a degree in Economics from Drew University and a Masters of Health Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, he currently serves as Operations Director for Penn State Children’s Hospital. In this capacity he oversaw the planning, build, and move into the new free-standing children’s hospital facility on the campus of the Hershey Medical Center and is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the Department of Pediatrics.

    Ian M. Paul, M.D., M.Sc.

    Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences; Chief, Division of Academic General Pediatrics; Associate Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics

      Dr. Paul is a pediatrician and clinical and health services researcher with principal interests in a) primary preventive interventions for newborns, infants, and families and b) clinical therapeutics for children. His research focuses on these two areas with the largest current NIH/NIDDK-funded project focusing on the prevention of childhood obesity through home-based interventions delivered to parents of infants.

      Dr. Paul is also an internationally recognized expert on the pediatric treatment of the common cold and its symptoms having led numerous investigations related to cough/cold medications and antipyretics.

      A clinician as well, Dr. Paul has a thriving general pediatric practice where he provides medical care for children from birth through age 21 years. Dr. Paul was recognized for being among the top 10% of physicians nationally for patient satisfaction.

      Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding, M.D., FAAP, FSAHM

      Professor of Pediatrics; Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Medical Director, Penn State Children’s Hospital; Pediatrician-in-Chief, Penn State Children’s Hospital

        Dr. Walker-Harding, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, is a clinician-investigator and adolescent medicine specialist. As a past president for the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine, she is recognized as a national leader in adolescent health, serving on an advisory board for National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and other national boards and committees dedicated to adolescent health. Her research collaborations funded by NIH and other agencies, have focused across adolescent health, including teen pregnancy prevention, sexual health, substance use, and chronic disease using interventions focused on adolescent and family relationships.