Dr. Schaller is David and Leona Karp Professor of Pediatrics, Floating Hospital for Children/New England Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine; Distinguished Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor of International Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and President-elect, International Pediatric Association. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in immunology and rheumatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She was a visiting professor in the Medical Research Council Rheumatism Unit, Taplow, England.
Dr. Schaller served as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine from 1983 to 1998. She is an academician, a lecturer, and a practitioner in pediatrics, pediatric rheumatology, and international child health. Dr. Schaller is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science; founding president of Physicians for Human Rights; chairman of the Children's Advisory Committee, Human Rights Watch; and a member of the founding executive committees of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children and the Section on International Child Health, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Schaller is president-elect of the International Pediatric Association and has served as a special consultant on children and war and children's rights; is technical advisor for the United Nations Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children; and is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, and the International Women's Forum.
Dr. Schaller has many research interests, including child health and international child health; human rights; humanitarianism; human costs of armed conflict; the role of professional and nongovernmental organizations in stabilizing society; rheumatology and immunology; the children's rights movement; professional ethics; and refugees and internally displaced persons. She has more than 200 publications, mostly in the fields of pediatrics and child health, and has numerous visiting professorships and lectureships.