The Penn State PRO Wellness Center is a joint collaborative between Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Leadership for the Center is provided by representatives of both departments. This team is responsible for determining the overall direction of the Center, contributing financial resources and related opportunities, and advising the Executive Director in Center management issues. This team is comprised of the following individuals:
Vernon M. Chinchilli, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences
Dr. Chinchilli is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the College of Medicine. He has spent the last 13 years as Professor in the Department of Health Evaluation Sciences. He has been Principal Investigator for the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) of the Asthma Clinical Research Network (ACRN) since its inception in 1993, and the Principal Investigator of the DCC for the Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) Network since its inception in 1999.
Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, M.D., M.P.H.
Physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Dr. Kraschnewski serves as Medical Director of Research for the Center. Her research interests include the following topics: obesity, clinical trials, nutrition/diet, physical activity, and primary care-based interventions.
Barbara E. Ostrov, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine; Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Physician-in-Chief, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
Dr. Ostrov has been at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and Hershey Medical Center since 1991. She is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine in the Divisions of Pediatric Rheumatology (Pediatrics) and Rheumatology (Medicine). Dr. Ostrov has been recognized for her outstanding community service, educational and clinical activities. She has been Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics since 2006, and is currently Pediatrician-in-Chief of Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Gil Pak, M.H.A.
Operations Director, Department of Pediatrics
Gil Pak is a seasoned healthcare administrator with 18 years of 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 Hershey Children’s Hospital. Over the last few years he has also had the responsibility of overseeing the planning, building and moving into a new free-standing children’s hospital facility on the campus of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.