Jeffrey P Brosco, M.D.

Professor of Clinical

(305) 243-3371
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Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.

Title/Position: Director, Population Health Ethics


Jeffrey P. Brosco MD PhD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development

Dr. Brosco completed an M.D. and a Ph.D. in the history of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as chief resident after training in pediatrics at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and he is board-certified in Pediatrics and in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. He completed his tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar in 2003, and he continues to teach and practice both general pediatrics and developmental pediatrics. He is responsible for directing both medical student and pediatric resident education regarding ethics and professionalism at the University of Miami/Jackson Health Systems.

Dr. Brosco’s research includes an analysis of the history of health care for children in early 20th century Philadelphia, the historical epidemiology of intellectual disability, and the history of newborn screening in the US. With Diane Paul, he is co-author of The PKU Paradox: A Short History of a Genetic Disease (Johns Hopkins Press, 2013). His current work integrates history, ethics, and clinical practice to forge systems-level approaches to improving child health, especially regarding large-scale screening programs.

Dr. Brosco is an Arsht Distinguished Ethics Faculty Fellow (2012-2015) and serves as Chair of the Pediatric Bioethics Committee at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Among his state and national leadership roles, Dr. Brosco is the Title V Consultant for the state of Florida, a member of the NIH NeuroBioBank External Ethics and Scientific Advisory Panel, and co-chairs the Newborn Screening Translational Research Network, American College of Medical Genetics, and has been recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children.

Phone 305-243-3371
Fax 305-243-5978

PO Box 016820 (D-820)
Miami FL 33101-6820

Selected Publications

Diane Paul and Jeffrey P. Brosco, The PKU Paradox: A Short History of A Genetic Disorder (Johns Hopkins Press, forthcoming 2013).

George Dalembert and Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Do Politics Affect Prevalence? An Overview and the Case of Cerebral Palsy,” Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (accepted for publication).

Jeffrey P. Brosco, Lee M. Sanders, Monica Dowling, Ghislaine Guez, “Impact of Specific Medical Interventions on Increasing the Prevalence of Intellectual Disability” JAMA Pediatrics Online First, April 2013.

Janet Golden and Jeffrey P. Brosco, “The United States Children’s Bureau and Pediatric Medicine: A Retrospective Analysis,” Pediatrics 130 (2012) 993-95.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Navigating the Future through the Past: The Enduring Historical Legacy of Federal Child Health Programs in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health 102 (2012) 1848-57.

Shari L. Barkin, Elena Fuentes-Afflick, Jeffrey P. Brosco, Arlene Tuchman, “Unintended Consequences of the Flexner Report: Women in Pediatrics.” Pediatrics 126 (2010) 1055-1057.

Jeffrey P Brosco, Lee M Sanders, Ghislaine Guez,  John Lantos, “Historical Trends in Low Birth Weight,” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 164 (2010), 99-100.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “The Politics of Prevalence.” [Invited Commentary.] JAMA Pediatrics 167 (Jan 2013): 10-11.

David C. Landy, Kenneth W. Goodman, and Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Clinical Ethics and Patient Satisfaction: The Practical Significance of Distinguishing Ethics and Morals,” an invited “open peer commentary” in The American Journal of Bioethics 12 (2012).

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Classics in Pediatrics: A 100-Year History of Pediatrics in the United States.” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 165 (Dec 2011) 1064 – 1065.

Vidya Bhushan Gupta, Jeffrey P. Brosco, Nidhip Patel, Adam Braddock, Martin Stein, “Ethical Conflict Between Parents and Clinician in a Child with a Language Delay,” Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics 32 (Sept 2011) 559-560.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Hidden in the Sixties: Newborn Screening Programs and State Authority.” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 165 (July 2011): 589-91.

Judy Schaechter and Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Violence in the Lives of Inner-City Youth in the United States,” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 165 (Feb 2011), 183-84.

Frederick P. Rivara and Jeffrey P. Brosco, “The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at 100: Another Turning Point in Medical Publishing,” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 165 (Jan 2011), 6-8.

Jeffrey P Brosco, Robin Dharia, Ghislaine Guez,  Lee M Sanders, Chris Feudtner, “The Lure of Treatment: Expanded Newborn Screening and the Curious Case of Histidinemia,” Pediatrics 125 (2010), 417-19.

Weitzman CC, Schlegel S, Murphy N, Antommaria AHM, Brosco JP, Stein MT, “When Clinicians and a Parent Disagree on the Extent of Medical Care,”  Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 30 (2009), 242-243.

Katherine Gordon, Lee M Sanders, Laurie Dunn, Kimberly Ross, Julia Sein, Adrienne Finley, Jeffrey P Brosco, “Caregiver Understanding of Expanded Newborn Screening,” Refereed Abstract/Poster at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Baltimore, 2009.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, Lee M. Sanders, Michael I. Seider, Angela C. Dunn, “Adverse Medical Outcomes from Early Newborn Screening Programs for Phenylketonuria,” Pediatrics 122 (2008), 192-97.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “More than the Names Have Changed: Exploring the Historical Epidemiology of Intellectual Disability in the US,” in Healing ¬the World’s Children: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Child Health in the Twentieth Century, Cynthia Comacchio, Janet Golden, and George Weisz (eds.)  (McGill-Queens University Press: Montreal, 2008), 205-234.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, Paul Steven Miller, Kenneth W. Goodman, Sarah Fuchs, “Ethical Issues in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: A Historical Approach,” in Wolraich et al., Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2007), 905-923.

Matthew M. Davis and Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Being Specific About Being Special: Defining Children’s Conditions and Health Care Needs,” [invited editorial] Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 161 (2007), 1003-05.

Chloe Silverman, Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Understanding autism: parents and pediatricians in historical perspective,” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 161 (2007), 392-398.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, Michael I. Seider, Angela C. Dunn, “Universal Newborn Screening and Adverse Medical Outcomes: A Historical Note,” Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities 12 (2006), 262-69.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, Lee M. Sanders, Michael Mattingly, “Impact of Medical Interventions on Reducing the Prevalence of Mental Retardation,”  Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 160 (2006) 302-309.

Stephanie L Anderson, Judith Schaechter, Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Adolescent Patients and Their Confidentiality: Staying Within Legal Bounds,” Contemporary Pediatrics 22 (2005) 54-64.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Commentary: Successes and Missed Opportunities,” Pediatrics 115 (2005), 1134-35.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “No Tears,” Health Affairs, 23 (2004), 236.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “History and Ethics in Public Health Research,” Journal of Professional Ethics, 11 (2004), 45-64.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Weight Charts and Well Child Care: How the Pediatrician Became the Expert in Child Health,” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 155 (2001), 1385-1389.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “The Early History of the Infant Mortality Rate in America: ‘A Reflection Upon the Past and a Prophecy of the Future,’ “ Pediatrics 103 (1999), 478-485.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Policy and Poverty: Child and Community Health in Philadelphia, 1900-1930,” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 149 (Dec 1995), 1381-87.

Kimberly L Reynolds, John D. Cowden, Jeffrey P. Brosco, John D. Lantos, “When a Family Requests a White Doctor,” Pediatrics. 2015 136(2):381-6.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, “Conflicts in Family-Centered Pediatric Care for Patients with Autism,” AMA Journal of Ethics 17 (2015) 299-304.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, Scott D. Grosse, Lainie Friedman Ross, “Universal State Newborn Screening Programs Can Reduce Health Disparities,” JAMA Pediatrics 169 (2015) 7-8.