Gerber early childhood nutrition expert

Alan M. Lake

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

“I find it fascinating and intimidating that the nutrition we provide an infant, from in-utero on, impacts that child's health for decades. That’s why I enjoy the challenge of educating parents about their child's needs and working with industry professionals to ensure that the right options are available.”

Alan M. Lake, MD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a practicing pediatrician and sits on a number of national and state committees dedicated to early childhood nutrition and pediatric health.

Dr. Lake is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has been an important contributor to several task forces and programs, including the National Committee on Nutrition. He has served on the National Scientific Advisory Committee, and has held positions on numerous state and national committees. 

Dr. Lake has acted as an investigator or lead investigator on over 50 scientific articles relating to early childhood nutrition, with a particular focus on pediatric obesity. He has contributed over 30 book chapters to various textbooks and other publications, and is the associate editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics Nutrition Handbook.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lake has been recognized for his contributions to the field of early childhood nutrition. He is the recipient of the National American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award, and was selected the Physician of the Year by the Maryland Ileitis and Colitis Foundation. He has consistently been selected as one of the top pediatricians in the country for more than two decades, by companies such as America Online, Ladies Home Journal, and the Washington Post.

Dr. Lake received an AB from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and an MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed a residency at the University of Colorado in Aurora, Colorado and the State University of New York. After clinical and research fellowships in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Lake came to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Gastroenterology in 1979. His practice is based in Lutherville, Maryland. 

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