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Barry Zuckerman


Barry Zuckerman is a medical professor and chair of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and chief of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. Also a co-founder of Reach Out and Read, a national program that has put more than 20 million free books in the hands of children through doctor's offices. He is currently serving as chairman of the Read Early, Read Aloud campaign sponsored by the Southern California First 5 Children and Families Commission. Dr. Zuckerman has been a national leader in expanding pediatric health care to more effectively address the needs of low income and minority children. In addition to Reach Out and Read, he started the Medical-legal Partnership for Children (MLPC) at Boston Medical Center, which uses legal advocacy to address the social causes of the health and developmental problems in low-income children. He also co-founded the Healthy Steps Program for Children, a strategic program designed to keep pediatricians informed of new findings in early childhood development. An author of more than 200 scientific publications, Dr. Zuckerman has also served as the editor for nine books. He has served on prestigious national committees, including the National Commission on Children and the Carnegie Commission on Meeting the Needs of Young Children. Dr. Zuckerman has been a consultant for UNICEF, providing technical assistance to Turkey and Bangladesh as they strengthen their child health services.