Dr. Philip Ziring has had a career in academic pediatrics for more than 40 years. His interests in children with disabilities and their families began with his work as a Science and Clinical Investigator at the New York University School of Medicine during the Rubella epidemic of 1964, where he was involved with the evaluation and management the rubella vaccine development and more than 400 children with congenital rubella. His clinical research and policy development activities have taken him to clinical and academic positions in various parts of the country, including Medical Director of the Staten Island Developmental Center in New York City in the 1970’s, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Morristown Memorial Hospital (Morristown, New Jersey) and Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center (San Francisco, California) in the 1980’s. He served as Chairman of the Departments of Pediatrics at Cook County Hospital and The Chicago Medical School (Chicago, Illinois) until 1999.

He retired as Chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Children With Disabilities in June 2000. In 2007, he retired as CHDP Director in the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Department of Maternal and Child Health. He is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.