Martin A. Finkel, DO, F.A.C.O.P., F.A.A.P., is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director and co-founder of the Child Abuse Research Education & Service (CARES) Institute at Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1987, he established a University Center of Excellence which formed the nidus of what has matured into the CARES Institute. In 2004, the CARES Institute was designated as a statewide resource to inform best practices in the delivery of medical and mental health diagnostic and treatment services. Dr. Finkel is an internationally recognized authority on the medical evaluation and treatment of the child alleged to have been sexually abused. Dr. Finkel was instrumental in developing New Jersey’s statewide network of child abuse diagnostic and treatment centers, the first legislatively created state system of regional centers in the country. He has been a pioneer in the use of videocolposcopy for the assessment and documentation of residual to sexual abuse. He is the author of the first scientific paper published in the medical literature on the healing and interpretation of acute genital and anal trauma. He has published numerous articles, authored chapters and the 3rd edition of his textbook, Medical Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child: A Practical Guide, published in 2009 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has also been translated into Chinese and Japanese.
Dr. Finkel has been appointed by six Governors to co-chair with the Commissioner of Children and Families, New Jersey’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. His latest appointment was by Governor Chris Christie. He was a founding commissioner of New Jersey’s Children’s Trust Fund to prevent child abuse. Dr. Finkel served on the national board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, where he had oversight for the development of national standards regarding medical terminology and the interpretation of medical findings. He completed a 6-year term on the national board of Prevent Child Abuse America. In 2010, he was elected to a 6 year term as an ISPCAN Councilor and currently serves as Treasurer. In 2012, Dr. Finkel received the Ray E. Helfer Society lifetime achievement award and the United States, Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Commissioner’s award.