Meet your host:
Joseph T. Malak, MD
Dr. Malak is the founder of Bambini Pediatrics. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he attended Western Reserve College (graduating magna cum laude with honors in biology) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He then moved to Kansas City, and completed a residency in pediatrics at Childrens Mercy Hospital in 1984. From there, he went on to serve as chief resident in pediatrics at Albany Medical Center.
He then got his first “real job,” working at a staff model HMO on Union Street in Poughkeepsie. The organization later merged with CHP, and in the late 90’s, joined Kaiser.
As Kaiser Permanente closed its operation in the region in 1999, Dr. Malak established a large local practice. Starting with about 3,000 patients, it grew over the next ten years to serve about 15,000 children. From 1996 through 2002, he was chairman of the division of pediatrics at St. Francis Hospital. And from 2003 to 2008, he served as associate chairman of the department of pediatrics at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Over the years, he served on a number of committees at both hospitals. He helped establish the Center for Bloodless Care at Vassar. Since 1995, he has served on the scientifica advisory panel of the Xeroderma Pigmentosa Society.
Dr. Malak is a single parent with two adopted children. Some years ago, his son suffered a traumatic brain injury. He is thus empathic to other single parents, to those with internationally-adopted children, and to parents of children with special needs. He has been through hyperbaric oxygen treatments with his son.
In recent years, Dr. Malak has developed a growing interest in the field of integrative pediatrics. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine. He has also been a member of the Holistic Pediatric Association. His interests currently include whole food nutrition (he is a past member of the Weston A. Price Foundation), the Body Ecology diet, and biomedical treatment approaches to autistic spectrum disorders, asthma, allergy, ADHD, and PANDAS.
In April 2012, he became a charter member of the Medical Academy of Special Needs Children. More recently, He became a board member at Meds4Kids Research Collaborative LTD.