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Diane Spatz is a nurse clinician and researcher at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she directs the lactation program, and an associate professor of health care of women and childbearing nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the use of human milk and breastfeeding in vulnerable populations, and the translation of research into clinical practice.
At the university, she teaches a semester-long course on breastfeeding and human lactation for undergraduate nursing students. In the hospital portion of her job, she developed the Breastfeeding Resource Nurse program for nurses.
Spatz is chair of the Expert Panel on Breastfeeding for the American Academy of Nursing and a faculty mentor for Sigma Theta Tau International and Johnson Johnson's Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy. She's also the faculty advisor for student nurses at Penn. She is a two-time recipient (2005 and 2009) of the Faculty Advisor of the Year award from the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses in 2016, and in 2001 she received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Spatz is married to John Zimitski, a CPA. They divide their time between Center City Philadelphia and their beach house in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.