Dr. Joan Younger Meek serves as the Orlando Regional Campus Dean. She was named as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and the Designated Institutional Official for the Florida State University College of Medicine in 2012. In these roles, she oversees the Florida State University College of Medicine sponsored residency and fellowship programs and collaborates with the clinical training sites at which these programs are conducted. She chairs the FSU College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committee.
From 1994 to 2014, Dr. Meek was on the teaching faculty of the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Orlando Health/Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where she served as the Program Director from 2004 to 2012. Throughout her professional career, Dr. Meek has been actively involved in pediatric resident and medical student education. She served as the Pediatric Clerkship Director for the Orlando Campus of the FSU College of Medicine from 2002-2014. Dr. Meek is a Registered Dietitian and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She previously served on active duty as a pediatrician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Her clinical interests include infant and pediatric nutrition, human lactation and breastfeeding support, and newborn care. She has given numerous professional presentations in these areas.
B.S., Topical, Biology and Sociology, University of Kentucky, 1977
M.S., Clinical Nutrition, University of Kentucky, 1979
M.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 1986
Pediatric Internship, Duke University Medical Center, 1986-1987
Pediatric Residency, Duke University Medical Center, 1987-1990
American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, Past-Chair
United States Breastfeeding Committee, Past-Chair
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Past President
Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Founding Member and Past President
Continuing Medical Education Committee, Orlando Health
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Pediatric Residents Teaching Award, Orlando Regional Healthcare, 1996
Outstanding Contributions to Breastfeeding Education Award, Central Florida Breastfeeding Task Force, 1997
American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award, 2009
Clerkship Director Award, Orlando Campus, Florida State University College of Medicine, 2013
Outstanding Community Service Award, Orlando Campus, Florida State University College of Medicine, 2014
Clerkship Director Award, Orlando Campus, Florida State University College of Medicine, 2015
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
Academic Pediatric Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Medical Association
Association of American Medical Colleges, Group on Resident Affairs
American Medical Association
Breastfeeding and human lactation
Campbell SH, Meek JY, Revai T. Initiatives to Protect, Promote, and Support Breastfeeding. In: Campbell SH, Lauwers J, Mannel R, Spencer B, eds. Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019:459-475.
Meek Joan Younger, The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Young J, Noble L, Calhoun S, et al. Educational Objectives and Skills for the Physician with Respect to Breastfeeding, Revised 2018. Breastfeeding Med. 2019;14:5-13.
Meek Joan Younger. 2017 Breastfeeding Update for the General Pediatrician. The Florida Pediatrician. 2017;36(4):6-12.
Meek JY. Pediatrician Competency in Breastfeeding Support Has Room for Improvement. Pediatrics. 2017;140(4):e20172509.
Meek, Joan Younger: Editor-in-Chief, American Academy of Pediatrics New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding, 3rd Edition. New York, Bantam Books, 2017.
Meek JY, Hatcher AJ, AAP Section on Breastfeeding. The Breastfeeding-Friendly Pediatric Office Practice. Pediatrics. 2017;139(5):e20170647.
Meek JY, Noble L: Implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Saves Lives. JAMA Pediatr 2016; Oct 1;170(10):925-926. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2015. PMID: 27548509.
Meek JY: Contributor to Schanler, R, Editor-in-Chief, American Academy of Pediatrics/American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, 2nd Edition, Elk Grove Village, 2013.
Meek Joan Younger: Clarification of the “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. J Hum Lact 2016; 32(2):388. doi: 10.1177/0890334415621555.PMID: 27084966.
Meek Joan Younger: Pediatric Lifestyle Medicine. Am J Lifestyle Med 2012; 6:440-447.DOI 10.1177/1559827612443049.
Meek JY: Exclusive breastmilk feeding in maternity care facilities: the United States breastfeeding committee toolkit. Breastfeed Med 2010; 5:253-5.
Feldman-Winter L, Barone L, Milcarek B, Hunter K, Meek J, Morton J, Williams T, Naylor A, Lawrence RA: Residency Curriculum Improves Breastfeeding Care. Pediatrics 2010; 126:289-297. PubMed PMID: 20603262.
Meek JY: Breastfeeding in the Workplace. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2001;48:461-474.
Meek JY: An Integrated Approach to Breastfeeding Education in Pediatric Residency Training. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine News and Views 1999;5(4).
Meek JY: Recommendations for Supplementation. J Hum Lact. 1998;14(2):148.