Lolita M. McDavid is Medical Director of Child Advocacy and Protection at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, the pediatric hospital of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She is responsible for community outreach and programming as well as coordinating the medical services for the Child Protection Unit, serving at-risk children and families in ortheast Ohio. She is Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine. The Office of Child Advocacy initiated Voices for Ohio’s Children, the leading child advocacy organization in the state.
From 1991 to 1995, she directed the Greater Cleveland Project of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). The project, which focused on the improvement and extension of health, anti-poverty, preschool and child support programs for local youngsters, was the first county-based advocacy effort in the country for the national Children’s Defense Fund. Prior to her work with CDF, McDavid was Head of General Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center (MHMC), the largest public hospital in Ohio. At MHMC she directed the pediatric clinics, the newborn nursery, and coordinated the pediatric emergency room. She earned an undergraduate degree at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. She received a master’s degree in public administration and urban development from the State University of New York and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. After completing a pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, McDavid was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Bush Fellow in child development and social policy, both at Yale University.
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