Boston Pediatrician Honored By White House

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton in November 2006 (M. Spencer Green/AP)
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton in November 2006 (M. Spencer Green/AP)

 Updated February 15, 2013, 5:30 pm

An internationally known Boston children’s doctor is among the recipients of the Presidential Citizens Medal honored in Washington.

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton was presented with the medal Friday at the White House by President Obama. Also among the 18 people honored were the six adults killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, who died defended their students.

The renowned 95-year-old pediatrician developed a leading behavioral test for newborns. He created the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, which hospitals across the country use to detect physical and neurological abnormalities.

In 1996, he founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he still is involved in promoting family centered care for children in hospitals and early education settings worldwide.

Brazelton has been clinical professor of pediatrics emeritus at Harvard Medical School since 1988.

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