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Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Director, Lactation Program

Professor of Perinatal Nursing and Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Faculty Advisor to Student Nurses at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, is a nurse researcher and director of the Lactation Program at CHOP. She also shares a joint appointment as the Helen M. Shearer Term Chair in Nutrition and Professor of Perinatal Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing.

Dr. Spatz is an internationally known expert in the field of breastfeeding and human lactation. She is chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Breastfeeding and is the Academy’s representative to the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee. Dr. Spatz also serves as faculty for the Sigma Theta Tau and Johnson & Johnson Maternal-Child Leadership Academy.

At CHOP, Dr. Spatz developed the Breastfeeding Resource Nurse program. Today, more than 650 staff nurses serve as breastfeeding resource nurses throughout the Hospital and the CHOP Care Network. Dr. Spatz is currently conducting several research projects related to the use of human milk and breastfeeding.

Dr. Spatz has been recognized for her leadership at CHOP and globally in the field of human milk and breastfeeding. She is the 2009 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Professional Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, Dr. Spatz received the Expert Alumni Award from Penn’s School of Nursing, and the Family and Community Department’s Academic Practice Award.

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