Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Doctor who specializes in child abuse prevention honored

NEW HAVEN - Dr. John M. Leventhal, medical director of child abuse programs and child abuse prevention programs at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, recently was honored by the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds and the American Academy of Pediatrics, YNHH said in a statement.

Leventhal received the 2010 Ray E. Helfer, MD Award, presented annually to a distinguished pediatrician who has made demonstrable contributions to the prevention of child abuse, the statment said.

The Ray Helfer MD award is named for the late Dr. Helfer, a pediatrician and educator, who helped research the origins of abuse and neglect and also developed methods of detection, treatment and prevention, the statement said.

Leventhal, a resident of New Haven, is a professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine with a joint appointment at the Yale Child Study Center the statement said. He serves as medical director of the YNHCH's child abuse committee and sexual abuse clinic and is co-chairman of the Greater New Haven United Way Success-by-Six advisory council, which promotes early childhood learning, the statement said. He is a member of the Governor's task force on justice for abused children and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the statement said.

Leventhal received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and medical degree from Tufts School of Medicine. He has served his entire medical career at YNHH, beginning as a pediatric resident, chief resident and a pediatric fellow, before joining the staff as an attending pediatrician in 1979, the statement said.

Editor's note: The information in this post was provided wholly by YNHH.

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