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Pediatrician recognized by international body for work on preventing, treating child abuse

Medicine@Yale, 2012 - Nov Dec


John M. Leventhal, M.D., professor of pediatrics and in the Child Study Center, has been honored with the C. Henry Kempe Memorial Lectureship Award from the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). The award is given to an individual who has made “significant contributions to the welfare of children and demonstrate[d] teaching experience.”

The award’s namesake, C. Henry Kempe, published a classic article in 1962 called The Battered Child Syndrome, and helped establish the Society. Leventhal delivered the Kempe Lecture in September in Istanbul, Turkey, at ISPCAN’s biennial congress.

Leventhal’s clinical and research interests center on the evaluation and treatment of physically abused, sexually abused, and neglected children; development and behavior; and the primary care of children. Also clinical professor of nursing and medical director of the Child Abuse Program at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, he received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

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