Benard Dreyer

Professor of Pediatrics at NYU, Director of Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital

Dr. Dreyer is a general and Development-Behavioral pediatrician who has spent his professional lifetime serving poor children and families. Professor of Pediatrics at NYU, he leads the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and is Director of Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and is currently serving as the AAP’s Medical Director for Policies. Dr. Dreyer served as a member of the committee that authored the new National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty”. For over 40 years he has led a primary care program at Bellevue, including co-located mental and oral health services and clinics in homeless shelters. His research is focused on interventions in primary care to improve early childhood outcomes, including early brain development and obesity.

As AAP President, he led the AAP’s Strategic Priority on Poverty and Child Health. Dr. Dreyer was president of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), and founded the APA Task Force on Childhood Poverty and the APA Research Scholars Program. He is the recipient of many awards, including the NYU university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (2017), the AAP’s prestigious Clifford C. Grulee Award (2019), the APA Public Policy and Advocacy Award (2014), the APA Armstrong Lectureship Award (2019), and the New York Academy of Medicine Millie and Richard Brock Lectureship Award (2019). He has over 100 peer-reviewed research publications. Dr. Dreyer also hosts a weekly radio show, “On-Call for Kids”, on Sirius-XM.