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Dan Broughton, MDDan Broughton, MD, FAAP selected as the 2017 AAP Holroyd-Sherry Award Recipient

Professor Dr. Daniel Broughton grew up in Southern California, the son of a pioneering camera effects specialist who was later named a Disney Legend.  It is somehow fitting given Dr. Broughton's media roots that he himself became a pioneer in the field of pediatrics, specifically in the area of child abuse, advocacy and media.

Dan graduated with an A.B. from Princeton University and completed his medical degree at Georgetown. He served in the US Army Medical Corps as a medical resident and pediatrician for 8 years before joining the faculty of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During his tenure at Mayo, he established himself as an international expert in child abuse, while simultaneously distinguishing himself in the area of media and child health. He also excelled as a fulltime clinician, leader, innovator, advocate, and educator on multiple levels.

He was an Executive Board member of the AAP Committee on Communication (1999-2006). He has also served on national advisory panels for the American Medical Association related to child abuse and missing children, in addition to the former Ambulatory Pediatric Association's Television Committee (1980-1982).

For over a decade (1998-2001), he headed the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) as Chair, after being instrumental its creation in 1984. This led to the creation of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1998, where he served as Vice Chair (2005-Present). Dan continues to serve on the Board of Directors for both Centers.

Dr. Broughton's involvement in a national committee on childhood tragedies directly led to a Congressional law creating the NCMEC. He has spoken extensively on the role media plays in child exploitation as well as ways in which the media can be used to help find missing children.

Dan also served as Department Chair of Pediatrics at Mayo Clinic (1979-1993). He helped to create and served as Medical Director for the Mayo Child and Family Advocacy Program (2005-2015).

In 1978, Dr. Broughton created Mayo Clinic's first pediatric resident continuity clinic and served as its first director. The resident clinic exists today where he has continued to serve as a supervisor. He has also mentored numerous students, residents and junior faculty, investing in their success as enthusiastically as if it were his own by their report.

A prolific speaker and author, Dan has spoken to a variety of pediatric and other organizations around the world, raising awareness of issues around child abuse, exploitation and media. He has helped make it commonplace for pediatricians to assess for abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Dr. Broughton's entire career has been dedicated to advocating for some of the most vulnerable children in society, working to keep them safe, reunite them with their families and create a more effective way to prevent, identify and respond to child abduction, maltreatment and exploitation.

Child abuse is a difficult field that even the most resilient pediatricians have trouble finding joy in, but Dan Broughton has managed to focus on the inherent humanity in working with children to maintain his good sense of humor and lift others up along with him. He has creatively found ways to make this often-discouraging field resonate with others to create compassion and encourage them to be advocates as well.

One of the most remarkable ways Dr. Broughton has accomplished this goal is through one of his more popular talks. The lecture combines his family's Disney roots with his own work in pediatrics. He looked at popular animated Disney movies and saw beyond the princesses that were portrayed. He realized that each story illustrated a child in need. Cinderella was a young woman abused and neglected by her stepmother. Ariel the mermaid was a teenage runaway. Dan Broughton's talk is a brilliant, insightful examination of how media portrays abused and neglected children, how media can raise awareness and increase empathy for societal issues affecting children, why these ancient stories are still relevant and what we need to do to address the problems that children face in society today.

Nomination submitted by Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin


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