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Frank A. Oski, MD Biography

Former Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University
Con to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"

“The fact is: the drinking of cow milk has been linked to iron-deficiency anemia in infants and children; it has been named as the cause of cramps and diarrhea in much of the world’s population, and the cause of multiple forms of allergy as well; and the possibility has been raised that it may play a central role in the origins of atherosclerosis and heart attacks…

In no mammalian species, except for the human (and the domestic cat), is milk consumption continued after the weaning period [the period of breast-feeding]. Calves thrive on cow milk. Cow milk is for calves.

In many other parts of the world, most particularly in East Asia, Africa, and South America, people regard cow milk as unfit for consumption by adult human beings.”

Don’t Drink Your Milk, 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, 1985-1996
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1996
  • Physician-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, 1985-1996
  • St. Geme Award for Pediatric Leadership, Federation of Pediatric Organizations, 1990
  • Ross Teaching Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1990
  • Chairman and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, State University of New York (SUNY), Upstate Medical Center, 1972-1985
  • Associate, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1963-1972
  • Mead-Johnson Award for Outstanding Pediatric Research, 1972
  • Fellow, Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital, 1958-1963
  • Former President – Society for Pediatric Research, American Association of Pediatric Department Chairmen
  • Former Editorial Board Member – Contemporary Pediatrics (founding editor), Pediatric Research, Pediatrics Review, Advances in Pediatrics, The Year Book of Pediatrics
  • Former Member – Society for Pediatric Research, American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Pediatric Society, Association of American Physicians, Council of the Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society
  • Elected Member – Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1958
  • BS, Swarthmore College
  • Born: 1932
  • Died: 1996
Quoted in:
  1. Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?
  2. Can People Who Are Lactose Intolerant Consume Milk Anyway?