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John Leventhal, MD

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)

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John Leventhal, MD

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Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Yale University (1978)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1976)
  • MD
    Tufts University (1973)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (1978)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in Child AbuseBabies and Toddlers Foundation2019
2018 Leffell Prize for Clinical Excellence (Given to recognize the Yale Medicine faculty member who best exemplifies clinical expertise, a commitment to teaching, and the highest standards of care and compassion for patients. The recipient should represent the best in clinical medicine and serve as a role model for faculty peers, residents, fellows, and medical students.)Yale Medicine2018
2018 Chadwick Endowed LectureThe 32nd Annual San Diego International Child Abuse Conference2018
2016 Alexis de Tocqueville-Herbert H. Pearce Award (For service to the United Way and to the New Haven Community, joint award with spouse Beverly J. Hodgson)United Way of Greater New Haven2016
2014 Champions of Children AwardCenter for Children's Advocacy2014
C. Henry Kempe Memorial Lectureship Award (In recognition of his significant contributions to the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention)International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect2012
Leonard Banco, MD Award (For leadership, teaching, research, and advocacy in support of critical and contemporary health issues of children)Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics2011
Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award (For work as an outstanding educator and mentor)Academic Pediatric Association2011
Liberty Bell Award (presented to a non-lawyer who has encouraged greater respect for the law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, and/or contributed to good government in the community)Foundation of the New Haven County Bar2011
2010 Ray E. Helfer Award (for his demonstrated contribution to preventing child abuse and involvement of activities related to the work of Children’s Trust Funds)National Alliance of Children’s Trust Fund and Prevention Funds and the American Academy of Pediatrics2010
Ray E. Helfer Society Award for distinguished achievement in the field of Child Abuse and NeglectHelfer Society2010
Norman J. Siegel Award, 2007-2008 (To that member of the Yale Pediatric Faculty who consistently surpasses the highest standards of patient care, generous collegiality and leadership by example)Department of Pediatrics2008
George Armstrong Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)Academic Pediatric Association2008
The Eleventh Millie and Richard Brock Award (In Recognition of Distinguished Contributions to Pediatrics)New York Academy of Medicine2006
Keren Foundation Lectureship at Eighth Annual Danbury Child Abuse Prevention ConferenceDanbury Hospital2006
Departmental Award of Special AchievementNew Haven Police Department2006
Research AwardAmbulatory Pediatric Association (now Academic Pediatric Association)1998

Professional Service

Ray E Helfer SocietyPresident2015 - 2017
United Way of Greater New Haven's Success by Six CouncilCo-chair, 2007 to 20092010 - 2014
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome International Advisory Board, National Center on Shaken Baby SyndromeBoard Member2009 - 2019
Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children, ConnecticutMember2007 - Present
Child Abuse & Neglect, The International JournalEditor2001 - 2006
Clinical Child Psychology and PsychiatryAssociate Editor1995 - 2018

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