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Dr. Martin A. Finkel Receives The Ray E. Helfer Award for 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012   (0 Comments)

Martin A. Finkel, DO, Professor of Pediatrics at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, is the 2012 recipient of The Ray E. Helfer Award. The award is presented annually to a physician who has made outstanding contributions to the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Finkel was cited for his longstanding dedication to teaching, research and clinical care. He is co-director and founder of the Child Abuse Research, Education & Service Institute which provides medical and mental health services for children and their families. He is an internationally recognized authority on the medical evaluation and treatment of children who have been sexually abused. He has written approximately 40 scientific publications and some 20 book chapters. The third edition of his book Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: a Practical Guide (2009) is a reference work for many national and international physicians; a Chinese translation was published in 2010. He has been an invited speaker to many national and international conferences and has hosted physicians from Australia, Hungary, Israel and the Netherlands to share his knowledge and methods.

The Helfer Award is presented by The Ray E. Helfer Society, an honorary society of physicians who are leaders in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Ray Helfer was a pioneer in the field at a time when child abuse was commonly unrecognized or ignored. He researched the root causes of abuse and neglect and taught extensively on how to recognize, address and prevent child maltreatment. His approach to this medical and societal problem was to involve multidisciplinary teams of medical, mental health and social service professionals. Cases of child abuse and neglect are now routinely handled in this way. He wrote several books including "The Battered Child” (University of Chicago, 1968) and "Helping the Battered Child and His Family” (Lippincott, 1972), which are considered classics on the subject.

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