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
  • Active Staff Privileges, Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center


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


  • Published on 11/4/2019

    Panjwani AA, Ji Y, Fahey JW, Palmer A, Wang G, Hong X, Zuckerman B, Wang X. Maternal Dyslipidemia, Plasma Branched-Chain Amino Acids, and the Risk of Child Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence of Sex Difference. J Autism Dev Disord. 2019 Nov 04. PMID: 31686281.

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  • Published on 10/30/2019

    Ji Y, Azuine RE, Zhang Y, Hou W, Hong X, Wang G, Riley A, Pearson C, Zuckerman B, Wang X. Association of Cord Plasma Biomarkers of In Utero Acetaminophen Exposure With Risk of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Childhood. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 Oct 30; 1-11. PMID: 31664451.

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  • Published on 10/2/2019

    Wang G, DiBari J, Bind E, Steffens AM, Mukherjee J, Azuine RE, Singh GK, Hong X, Ji Y, Ji H, Pearson C, Zuckerman BS, Cheng TL, Wang X. Association Between Maternal Exposure to Lead, Maternal Folate Status, and Intergenerational Risk of Childhood Overweight and Obesity. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Oct 02; 2(10):e1912343. PMID: 31577354.

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  • Published on 8/9/2019

    Panjwani AA, Ji Y, Fahey JW, Palmer A, Wang G, Hong X, Zuckerman B, Wang X. Maternal Obesity/Diabetes, Plasma Branched-Chain Amino Acids, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Risk in Urban Low-Income Children: Evidence of Sex Difference. Autism Res. 2019 Oct; 12(10):1562-1573. PMID: 31400063.

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  • Published on 7/22/2019

    Wang G, Sun Q, Liang L, Clash C, Zhang C, Hong X, Ji Y, Radovick S, Pearson C, Bartell TR, Zuckerman B, Cheng TL, Hu FB, Wang X. Inter-generational link of obesity in term and preterm births: role of maternal plasma acylcarnitines. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 10; 43(10):1967-1977. PMID: 31332276.

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  • Published on 7/9/2019

    Silverstein M, Howell EA, Zuckerman B. Cannabis Use in Pregnancy: A Tale of 2 Concerns. JAMA. 2019 07 09; 322(2):121-122. PMID: 31211823.

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  • Published on 6/14/2019

    Raghavan R, Helfrich BB, Cerda SR, Ji Y, Burd I, Wang G, Hong X, Fu L, Pearson C, Daniele Fallin M, Zuckerman B, Wang X. Preterm birth subtypes, placental pathology findings, and risk of neurodevelopmental disabilities during childhood. Placenta. 2019 08; 83:17-25. PMID: 31477202.

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  • Published on 6/5/2019

    Azuine RE, Ji Y, Chang HY, Kim Y, Ji H, DiBari J, Hong X, Wang G, Singh GK, Pearson C, Zuckerman B, Surkan PJ, Wang X. Prenatal Risk Factors and Perinatal and Postnatal Outcomes Associated With Maternal Opioid Exposure in an Urban, Low-Income, Multiethnic US Population. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Jun 05; 2(6):e196405. PMID: 31251378.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    Zuckerman B, Wong SL. Family History: An Opportunity to Disrupt Transmission of Behavioral Health Problems. Pediatrics. 2019 06; 143(6). PMID: 31043454.

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  • Published on 2/6/2019

    Zuckerman B, Elansary M, Needlman R. Book Sharing: In-home Strategy to Advance Early Child Development Globally. Pediatrics. 2019 03; 143(3). PMID: 30728271.

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