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Short or Tall? The Amazing Story of How Your Child Grows and the Role of Parents in Overseeing the Linear Growth Assessment of Children

Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Nursing of Children
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
Core Faculty in Center for Health Equity Research
Associated faculty in the Center for Public Health Initiatives
Distinguished Fellow of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Nurse practitioner in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


LipmanDr. Lipman is a clinical nurse scientist and a nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric endocrinology, which is the study of glands, and includes children with diabetes, growth disorders, thyroid disease and disorders in the development of puberty.

Dr. Lipman’s research stems from issues arising from her clinical practice.  Her major areas of research are the epidemiology of diabetes in children, pediatric growth disorders, and racial disparities in children with endocrine disorders.

Dr. Lipman has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and monographs and has lectured widely both nationally and internationally. She has a doctorate in Pediatric Nursing and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSN  from Temple University


Dr Lipman discusses:

  • The importance of accurate linear growth assessment
  • How children should be measured accurately
  • Barriers to accurate measurement and how to correct
  • Stories about consequences of inaccurate measurements that can hinder a child for a lifetime
  • Need for parents to advocate for their children’s accurate growth assessment and how to talk to your pediatrician about this issue

3 Key Points:

  1. Growth is the single most important indication of the health of a child
  2. Most children are measured inaccurately!
  3. Parents will be taught how to know if their children are measured accurately and when to be concerned about a child’s linear growth (height).

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