Barry S. Zuckerman, MD

Professor, Pediatrics

Barry Zuckerman


Dr. Zuckerman has long focused on how the social environment affects the health of low-income children. He launched Reach Out and Read, an early literacy program that calls for primary care providers to write “prescriptions” for parents to read to their children. He also founded the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, a national model that brings lawyers into hospitals to help doctors and patients navigate the legal system to secure services.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health


  • Georgetown University, MD
  • Rutgers University–Camden, BA


  • Published on 9/30/2021

    Anand NS, Raghavan R, Wang G, Hong X, Azuine RE, Pearson C, Zuckerman B, Xie H, Wang X. Perinatal Acetaminophen Exposure and Childhood Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Exploring the Role of Umbilical Cord Plasma Metabolites in Oxidative Stress Pathways. Brain Sci. 2021 Sep 30; 11(10). PMID: 34679367.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/27/2021

    Elansary M, Pierce LJ, Wei WS, McCoy DC, Zuckerman B, Nelson CA. Maternal Stress and Early Neurodevelopment: Exploring the Protective Role of Maternal Growth Mindset. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 Aug 27. PMID: 34456304.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/19/2021

    Wang G, Foney DM, DiBari J, Hong X, Showell N, Kim KS, Ji H, Pearson C, Mirolli G, Rusk S, Sharfstein J, Cheng TL, Zuckerman B, Wang X. A prospective cohort study on the intersectionality of obesity, chronic disease, social factors, and incident risk of COVID-19 in US low-income minority middle-age mothers. Int J Obes (Lond). 2021 Aug 19. PMID: 34413468.

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  • Published on 7/17/2021

    Marcil LE, Barnett KG, Zuckerman B. Medical-Financial Partnerships - Beyond Traditional Boundaries. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jul 22; 385(4):289-291. PMID: 34279067.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/1/2021

    Peacock-Chambers E, Schiff DM, Zuckerman B. Caring for Families with Young Children Affected by Substance Use Disorder: Needed Changes. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 Jun-Jul 01; 42(5):408-410. PMID: 33883526.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Biel MG, Tang MH, Zuckerman B. Prioritizing Family-Centered Mental Health Care for Pediatric Patients With Eating Disorders-Reply. JAMA Pediatr. 2021 Mar 01; 175(3):324-325. PMID: 33346825.

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  • Published on 11/11/2020

    Raghavan R, Selhub J, Paul L, Ji Y, Wang G, Hong X, Zuckerman B, Fallin MD, Wang X. A prospective birth cohort study on cord blood folate subtypes and risk of autism spectrum disorder. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 11 11; 112(5):1304-1317. PMID: 32844208.

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  • Published on 10/13/2020

    Hong X, Zhang B, Liang L, Zhang Y, Ji Y, Wang G, Ji H, Clish CB, Burd I, Pearson C, Zuckerman B, Hu FB, Wang X. Postpartum plasma metabolomic profile among women with preeclampsia and preterm delivery: implications for long-term health. BMC Med. 2020 10 13; 18(1):277. PMID: 33046083.

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  • Published on 10/1/2020

    Zuckerman B, Tronick E. Origins of Empathy and Caring: Pediatric Implications. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 Oct-Nov; 41(8):644-645. PMID: 33003115.

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  • Published on 9/22/2020

    Anand NS, Ji Y, Wang G, Hong X, van der Rijn M, Riley A, Pearson C, Zuckerman B, Wang X. Maternal and cord plasma branched-chain amino acids and child risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a prospective birth cohort study. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2021 07; 62(7):868-875. PMID: 32960988.

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