Howard Taras

Professor of Pediatrics
Contact Information
Email: htaras@ucsd.edu

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Howard Taras is a Board-Certified Pediatrician who specializes in the fields of School Health, community engagement in clinical research, oral health promotion to child professionals, and access to health care for underserved populations.

Education

1979-1982

M.D. Degree: McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Hamilton, Canada

1978-1979

Psycholinguistics: McGill University, Montreal, Canada

1986-1989

Honors B.Sc. Degree: McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, Biochemistry Honors Program

Honors and Awards

2006

William A. Howe Award; American School Health Association

2005

Distinguished Services Award; American School Health Association

2003

Lyda Smiley Award, California School Nurses Organization

2002

Public Health Champion Nominee, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

2000

Outstanding Community Partner Recognition Award, The Community Health Improvement Partners

1986

Award of First Prize in Children's Literature for Children's Story, San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, Sixth Annual Writing Contest

1979

Graduation with First Class Standing, Honors in Biochemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

1979

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Most Recent Publications

  • Taras H, Nader P. Overview of School Health and School Health Program Goals (Ch. 124) in: McInerny TK, Adam HM, Campbell DE, Kamat DM, Kelleher KJ eds. American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Pediatric Care. Elk Grove Village, IL. American Academy of Pediatrics 2009.
  • Taras H, Brennan J. Students with Chronic Diseases: Nature of School Physician Support. J. School Health 2008; 78(7):pp389
  • Morton L, Taras H, Reznik V. Encouraging physician-attorney collaboration through more explicit professional standards. Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy 2008; 29(2):317-330.
  • Einesman F, Taras H. Drug testing of students: a legal and public health perspective J. Contemporary Health Law & Policy Spring 2007; 23-Article 231:1-34.
  • Taras, H, Einesman F. Drug screening in high school: a legal; emotional and public health debacle? Abstracts of the XXXth International Congress of Law and Mental Health #55.3, page 163; International Academy of Law and Mental Health; Springer Publications, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2007
  • Taras H , Reznik V, Morton L. Law Students Addressing Barriers to the Delivery of Mental Health Care. Abstracts of the XXXth International Congress of Law and Mental Health #55.1, page 161; International Academy of Law and Mental Health; Springer Publications, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2007
  • Potts-Datema W, Smith B, Taras H , Lewallen T, Bogden J, Murray S. Successful strategies and lessons learned from development of large-scale partnerships of national non-governmental organizations. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 2005; 12(3-4):131-137. [Published in Dec 2006]
  • Taras H. Childhood asthma: management in the school setting. International Review of Asthma 2005; 7(4):66-73.
  • Taras H , Potts-Datema W. Obesity and student performance at school. Journal of School Health 2005; 75(8):291-295.
  • Taras H , Potts-Datema W. Childhood asthma and student performance at school. Journal of School Health 2005; 75(8):296-312