Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Has Been Spreading in Unprecedented Levels This Summer

Dr. Michael Forbes, Pediatric & Adolescent Intensive Care Specialist and the Director of PICU Clinical Research & Outcomes Analysis at Akron Children’s Hospital​,​ discusses respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common, contagious virus that causes flu-like illness in infants and toddlers​,​ and the concern over the recent summer surge in cases. The CDC recently expressed particular concern that the pandemic has put babies and toddlers at risk for severe illness from RSV. He provides important details on what parents need to know about RSV, including which kids are at highest risk and how it can be prevented.

Dr. Michael Forbes is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University and Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. A Pediatric & Adolescent Intensive Care Specialist (Intensivist) and researcher, Dr. Forbes has studied the impact of RSV on vulnerable pediatric populations for over 20 years, and is an avid child advocate and scientist dedicated to continuous improvement in pediatric healthcare and public policy.

He has authored many peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, presentations in the areas of infectious diseases, sepsis, respiratory failure, pediatric care delivery models, and child abuse and is a scientific reviewer for numerous journals including the Journal of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

After undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh, he completed his Pediatrics Residency and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of the UPMC (Pgh). He was awarded a Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics from the National Institutes of Health in 2010 and was a member of the Pediatric Critical Care Scientist Development Program (NIH).

Over 3 decades ago he convinced Dr. Yolanda Moore-Forbes, a Pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital, to say “I do.” They have 2 adult children, Michael Antonio and Nia Imani.

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