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:

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.

    Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, M.D., M.P.H.

    Physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences

      Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences who joined the faculty at the Penn State College of Medicine in 2009. She completed her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin and her Internal Medicine Residency at Duke University Medical Center. Following completion of her medical training, she was an NRSA fellow in Primary Care Research and earned a Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kraschnewski is a clinician-investigator with a research focus on behavioral interventions for weight control in the primary care setting, with research funding from the Penn State CTSI and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and her research has been presented and awarded at both the regional and national levels.

      Nationally, Dr. Kraschnewski is an active member of both the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and The Obesity Society. She also serves as the Executive Director for Penn State PRO Wellness and the Associate Director of the Penn State MD/MPH Program. In addition to her research, Dr. Kraschnewski is an active general internist, teaching internal medicine resident physicians and medical students in both the hospital and clinical settings.

      Barbara E. Ostrov, M.D.

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

        Dr. Ostrov has been at Penn State Children’s Hospital and Penn State Health Milton S. 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 Children’s Hospital.

        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.