Established in 2000 with a commitment made in 1999 by Zanvyl Krieger

ZANVYL KRIEGER, A&S 1928, celebrated his close friendship with the late university President Emeritus Milton S. Eisenhower by providing for the eventual creation of the Krieger-Eisenhower professorships--part of his record-setting 1992 endowment gift to the School of Arts and Sciences, which was named in his honor in 1995. Mr. Krieger changed the face of Baltimore through his efforts to revitalize the downtown area, his leadership in bringing professional sports teams back to his hometown, and his philanthropic and civic leadership. Mr. Krieger was an attorney and co-founded U.S. Surgical, which developed surgical staples and other innovations. At Hopkins, he funded the Krieger Professorship in Pediatric Ophthalmology, made generous gifts to the Wilmer Eye Institute's Zanvyl Krieger Children's Eye Center, which was named in his honor in 1998, and created the Krieger Professorship in Children's Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Mr. Krieger died in 2000.


XIAOBING WANG, SPH '91 (ScD), the Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Children's Health, is a board-certified pediatrician and a molecular epidemiologist whose work unites biomarkers, clinical medicine, epidemiology and disease prevention. Dr. Wang has led a dozen large-scale molecular and environmental epidemiological studies on reproductive health, preterm birth, food allergies, obesity and precursors of pediatric and adult diseases. Dr. Wang has authored and co-authored more than 130 publications, including articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and The Lancet. Her work has contributed to the understanding of environmental exposures, genetic susceptibility and gene-environment interactions in complex human diseases. Dr. Wang served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Understanding Premature Birth and Assuring Healthy Outcomes. She is a regular member of the NIH study section.

Dr. Wang directs the Center on Early Life Origins of Disease in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, whose mission is to address important clinical and public health problems in diverse populations. The center is also actively engaged in identifying early life precursors of common pediatric and adult diseases and translating scientific knowledge into clinical and public health practices that can lead to advancements in early prediction, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases across the lifespan and generations. The center is committed to training a new generation of maternal and child health professionals and researchers. Dr. Wang received her medical degree from Beijing Medical University, a Master of Public Health from Tulane University and a Doctor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed a three-year research fellowship at Harvard and a residency in pediatrics at Boston University Medical Center. Before joining Hopkins, Dr. Wang was a professor of pediatrics, and director of the Mary Ann and J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research Program at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.