Leading Pediatric Specialist Benard Dreyer, MD, Elected as New President of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Benard P. Dreyer, MD, FAAP, a longtime and distinguished member of the NYU Langone Medical Center faculty, was elected as the new president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Dreyer assumes the office of AAP president-elect on Jan. 1, 2015.
Dr. Dreyer currently serves as chief of the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, as well as a pediatric hospitalist at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, where he started the Pediatric Hospitalist Service.
“We’re incredibly proud that Dr. Dreyer has been elected among many distinguished colleagues as the new president of the AAP, and we are confident that in his new role he will help to advance the practice of pediatric medicine on a national scale,” said Catherine S. Manno, MD, Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone. “A practicing physician for more than 35 years, Dr. Dreyer is a well-known leader in the field who has focused his career on improving the lives of children, championing a national agenda around childhood poverty and advancing pediatrics research.”
The AAP is a professional membership organization of 62,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The mission of the AAP is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
In addition to his newest role within the AAP, Dr. Dreyer serves as Co-Chair of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the AAP NY District II and was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the new provisional Section on LGBT Health and Wellness. Due to his efforts, the AAP has adopted Poverty and Child Health as a strategic priority and he is a member of the AAP leadership Workgroup on Poverty and Child Health.
Additionally, he chairs the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Task Force on Childhood Poverty, as well as directs the APA Research Scholars Program, and is a member of the American Pediatric Society, as well as a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Dreyer was previously a member of several national AAP committees/councils including the Committee on Pediatric Research, the Council on Communications and Media (for which he served on the Executive Committee), and the Council on Community Pediatrics, as well as being co-chair of the AAP Project Advisory Committee on Health Literacy. In addition, Dr. Dreyer is a Past President of the APA and has been Chair of the APA Research Committee and Co-Chair of APA Region 2.