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Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP

  2012-2013 Immediate Past President

Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP, is immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Block is also a Professor of Pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. 

Dr. Block received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been a member of the O.U. College of Medicine faculty since 1975. As a faculty member, Dr. Block has been nominated for the Aesculapian teaching award six times, winning on three occasions. Dr. Block has been awarded the prestigious Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, a University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award, the Ray Helfer Society Award in recognition of his work in the field of Child Abuse, and the Award for Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2001 and subsequently, he has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America.”  He was appointed the first Chair of the newly formed subboard on Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics from 2006-2009, and continues serving on the subboard.  He holds Certificate #1 from the ABP in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Dr. Block is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a past president of the Oklahoma AAP Chapter, and former member and chair of the Academy’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He is a former member and chair of the United States’ Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines.  Dr. Block is the immediate past President and current Board Chair of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), the relatively new national organization focused on increasing health care professionals’ education, and academic research, on the health effects of violence and abuse.

Dr. Block was appointed Oklahoma’s first Chief Child Abuse Examiner in 1989, and he served in that capacity until October, 2011. He was a past Chair and member of the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board from 1992 through September, 2011. He has been a member of the medical team for the Tulsa Children’s Justice Center, and served as a past President and member of the board of directors for the Child Abuse Network, Inc.  He is now an Emeritus Director.  Dr. Block has authored several papers and a textbook, and has delivered over 2,000 public presentations.  Dr. Block has been married to Sharon Block, a retired science teacher and registered nurse, for 42 years. They have two daughters, Erika and Andrea, and two grandchildren.


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