Benard P Dreyer

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Benard P Dreyer, M.D.

Professor; Div Dir Behavioral Dev Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics (Fac)
NYU Pediatric Inpatient Associates

Clinical Addresses

462 FIRST AVENUE
NBV 8 S 4-11
NEW YORK, NY 10016
Phone: 212-263-0788

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Medical Specialties

Pediatrics, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Medical Expertise

Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospitalist, General Pediatrics

Dr. Dreyer is Director of the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, the Director of Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital Center, and a pediatric hospitalist at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. He also has a part-time practice in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. He is Chair of the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee, and in 2010 he was named Master Educator and Mentor by the School of Medicine. He teaches and mentors medical students in the Practice of Medicine, the pediatric third year clerkship, and research projects. He also teaches and mentors pediatric residents and fellows in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Academic General Pediatrics.

Dr. Dreyer is presently a candidate for President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and has held many important leadership positions in the AAP. He has been President of AAP NY Chapter 3 and is presently Co-Chair of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of AAP NY District II. He has also been 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. That last leadership role led to the publication of a book for pediatricians on health literacy strategies and resources published by the AAP, entitled Plain Language Pediatrics, the publication of a special supplement of the journal Pediatrics on health literacy that he edited, and his appointment to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy. Dr. Dreyer was also 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 is a strategic priority and he is a member of the AAP leadership Workgroup on Poverty and Child Health.

Dr. Dreyer is a Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA). He presently chairs the APA Task Force on Childhood Poverty and directs the APA Research Scholars Program. He has been Chair of the APA Research Committee and Co-Chair of APA Region 2. He has also been elected to membership in the American Pediatric Society and is a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine.

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Board Certification

1975 — Ab Pediatrics - Pediatrics
2002 — Ab Pediatrics (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics)

Education

1970 — New York University School of Medicine, Medical Education
1970-1974 — Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Pediatrics), Residency Training

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Research Interests

The work of my group has focused on the problems of poor immigrant families living in urban environments. We have studied the effects of family homelessness on growth of development and health status of children. We have looked at the effect of environmental toxins, such as lead, on early childhood development. And we have tested low-intensity clinic-based interventions that have the potential to improve early childhood language and cognitive development as well as parent-child interactions. To find out more about our important NIH-funded research, go to http://pediatrics.med.nyu.edu/developmental/research/the-belle-project

Recently, we have begun looking at the effect of media violence on child behavior, and have begun to test interventions to decrease childhood obesity through a focus on parenting in early childhood. Finally, we are looking at novel methods to improve parent understanding by the use of pictograms and plain language materials to communicate with parents with low health literacy.

Major Areas of Investigation
*Interventions to promote cognitive and language development in early childhood among poor children.
*Prevention of childhood obesity.
*The effect of media violence on early childhood behavior.
*Health literacy of parents and children and its effect on patient outcomes, as well as interventions to improve patient outcomes in families with low health literacy