Cheston Berlin Jr. named Pediatrician of the Year

May 20, 2004

Penn State Children's Hospital pediatrician Cheston Berlin Jr. has been named the Pediatrician of the Year for 2003 by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The award will be presented to Berlin at the inaugural Children's Health Advocacy Dinner on Thursday, May 20, at The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pa. Each year this peer-nominated award is presented to a Pennsylvania pediatrician who best exemplifies the ideals of the pediatric profession through his or her clinical work, teaching and mentoring of young physicians, and child advocacy.

Berlin's career is a testament to his devotion to children and pediatric medicine. He is a well-known University professor of pediatrics and professor of pharmacology at Penn State Children's Hospital, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and Penn State College of Medicine. As a lecturer, researcher and diagnostician, Berlin has taught and mentored medical students and pediatric residents for more than 35 years. His lifelong dedication has been to assure children the caring compassion and expert medical attention they deserve.

A Pennsylvania native, Berlin received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston. For two years, Berlin completed his military service with the U.S. Public Health Service in the Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology at the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Disease at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Since 1971, Berlin has provided pediatric care at Penn State Children's Hospital and currently is professor of pediatrics and pharmacology; director of the Phenylketonuria (PKU) Clinic; member of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology; and a senior member of the Graduate School Faculty. He also is active with the Pennsylvania and National Tourette Syndrome Associations; National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Committee on Evaluation of the Addition of Ingredients New to Infant Formula; the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics; chair of the Network Steering Committee of the Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit at the National Institute of Child Health and Development; chair of the Immunizing Agents Expert Committee - United States Pharmacopeia; a member of the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche International; and a member of the Board of the central PA Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America.

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