T. Berry Brazelton, MD to receive Presidential Citizens Medal at White House Ceremony

On Friday, February 15, President Obama will award Dr. Brazelton the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. Accepting on behalf of all children and their families, and all who protect and care for them, Dr. Brazelton is among a small number of recipients selected from nearly 6,000 nominations for this distinguished honor. 

The White House awards ceremony will be streamed live here at approximately 1:00pm EST on February 15.    

Says Dr. Brazelton, “I may be 94 years old, but I’m not done. We must all speak up for the children we care for who so often are unable to speak for themselves. We know so much more now than back when I began practicing pediatrics more than 60 years ago. But we must do more to act on what we know if we are to ensure that all children grow up to become adults who can cope with adversity, strengthen their communities, constructively participate in civic life and nurture the next generation to be prepared to do the same.” 

According to the White House press release issued today, the Presidential Citizens Medal was established in 1969 “to recognize American citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”