If you trained for a brief time three decades ago to be a pediatrician, but then went on to a career of other activities, can you really claim to be a “pediatrician”?
Enviro activist Lynn Goldman responded to Steve Milloy’s “Show us the bodies, EPA” op-ed with a letter in the Washington Times.
In addition to failing to produce any “bodies” (or medical records) supporting the notion that air quality is sickening and killing hundreds of thousands of Americans annually, Goldman makes the laughable assertion that:
As a pediatrician, I have attended to children suffering from asthma attacks.
While it is true that Lynn Goldman completed a two-year pediatric residency upon completion of medical school in 1981, she seems to have done clinical work for only one year. The second year of her residency was a fellowship doing research at Love Canal, according to her National Library of Medicine bio.
In 1985, Goldman went to work for the California Department of Health Services, ending up as head of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control. She then became the EPA toxics chief in the Clinton administration and in 2001 began her stint in academia. While she maintains a California medical license, her Maryland (where she lives) medical license expired in 2006.
I will leave it to practicing physicians to pass on whether such limited practice almost 30 years ago permits Goldman to credibly maintain that she is a pediatrician.
Finally, the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services announcement of her appointment as dean notes the following:
Reflecting upon the many hats she’s worn during her career, Dr. Goldman says she has been the most interested in the “invisible” environmental problems, such as lead poisoning, pesticide residues in food and chemicals in everyday products. [Emphasis added]
Did “invisible” air pollution casualties prompt her to posture as a “pediatrician” in attacking-but-evading Steve Milloy’s “Show us the bodies” challenge?