Children’s Hospital Boston Doctor Appointed to Obama Administration Advisory Group
Judith Palfrey, MD, joins group to develop policies and advise on chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices and health promotion.
May 25, 2011
Boston, Mass. - Children's Hospital Boston announced today that Judith Palfrey, MD, has been appointed to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health by President Barack Obama. Palfrey, who recently completed her term as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), joins the group of 25 members or representatives from outside the federal government to work on issues including worksite health promotion, preventive medicine, public health education and community services. The Advisory Group will develop policy and program recommendations and advise the Council on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices and health promotion.
Palfrey is the director of the Center for Global Pediatrics in the Department of Medicine at Children's and has worked at the institution for over 30 years, holding such key positions as chief of the Division of General Pediatrics. In addition to her role as former president of the AAP, Palfrey has acted as chair of the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, director of Building Bright Futures and national program director of the Dyson Community Pediatrics Initiative.
Palfrey is the recipient of the AAP’s Milton Senn Award and the New York Academy of Medicine's Millie and Richard Brock Award. She holds an A.B. from Harvard University and a MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children’s Hospital Boston today is one of the nation’s leading pediatric medical centers, the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 396 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and more than 100 outpatient programs, Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children’s research community. For more information about the hospital visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.