Dr. Jane Schaller received her M.D. from Harvard University in 1960. She did postgraduate training at the University of Washington, MRC Rheumatism Research Unit, Taplow, England. She is the David and Leona Karp Professor of Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, and adjunct Professor of Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Jane serves as President (1998—) of the International Pediatric Association, an organization of 147 national pediatric societies and eighteen international subspecialty and regional pediatric societies. This organization represents most pediatricians in the world. The goal of IPA is to improve the health and welfare of children throughout the world. It does this through educational and advocacy efforts, including a triennial world congress, symposia, and workshops in various parts of the world in conjunction with national or regional pediatric societies, and through publication of a newsletter, IPA News, and their World Wide Web site.
Jane was also the founding president of Physician for Human Rights, an organization that has been instrumental in documenting human rights abuses throughout the world. She was a board member of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, The American Academy of Pediatrics representative to UNICEF, chairwoman of the children’s advisory committee for Human Rights Watch, and special consultant to the International Pediatric Association on Children’s Right and Children in War.
Dr. Schaller’s most far-reaching impact has been in bringing the attention of medical professionals and the world to the effect of war on children and youth.