John G. Palfrey, MD

Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

John Palfrey


Sean Palfrey is a pediatrician and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and of Public Health at Boston University. He is a 1967 graduate of Harvard College and attended medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency at Tufts New England Medical Center. Dr. Palfrey has practiced and taught clinical medicine in Massachusetts for more than forty years, and he spends a good deal of his time advocating for better child health programs and policies, and the prevention of illness and sadness. He served as president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and he has been a legislative advocate for child health programs and policies since the late 1970s.

Other Positions

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


  • Columbia University, MD
  • Columbia University, MPhil
  • Rockefeller University, MS
  • Harvard College, AB


  • Published on 3/1/2016

    Palfrey S. New initiatives to improve HPV vaccination rates. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2016 06 02; 12(6):1594-8. PMID: 26930138.

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  • Published on 12/28/2012

    Palfrey JS, Palfrey S. Preventing gun deaths in children. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jan 31; 368(5):401-3. PMID: 23272974.

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  • Published on 3/2/2011

    Palfrey S. Daring to practice low-cost medicine in a high-tech era. N Engl J Med. 2011 Mar 17; 364(11):e21. PMID: 21366468.

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  • Published on 11/1/2009

    Kressin NR, Nunn ME, Singh H, Orner MB, Pbert L, Hayes C, Culler C, Glicken SR, Palfrey S, Geltman PL, Cadoret C, Henshaw MM. Pediatric clinicians can help reduce rates of early childhood caries: effects of a practice based intervention. Med Care. 2009 Nov; 47(11):1121-8. PMID: 19786919.

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  • Published on 9/1/2002

    Lieu TA, Finkelstein JA, Adams MM, Miroshnik IL, Lett SM, Palfrey S, Freed GL, Kleinman K, Ray GT, Platt R. Pediatricians' views on financial barriers and values for pneumococcal vaccine for children. Ambul Pediatr. 2002 Sep-Oct; 2(5):358-66. PMID: 12241131.

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  • Published on 9/1/2000

    Adams WG, Conners WP, Mann AM, Palfrey S. Immunization entry at the point of service improves quality, saves time, and is well-accepted. Pediatrics. 2000 Sep; 106(3):489-92. PMID: 10969092.

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  • Published on 5/1/1998

    Garofalo R, Wolf RC, Kessel S, Palfrey SJ, DuRant RH. The association between health risk behaviors and sexual orientation among a school-based sample of adolescents. Pediatrics. 1998 May; 101(5):895-902. PMID: 9565422.

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  • Published on 3/1/1998

    Adams WG, Geva J, Coffman J, Palfrey S, Bauchner H. Anemia and elevated lead levels in underimmunized inner-city children. Pediatrics. 1998 Mar; 101(3):E6. PMID: 9481025.

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  • Published on 2/1/1997

    Rappo PD, Palfrey SJ. Variation in patient charges for vaccines. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997 Feb; 151(2):210-1. PMID: 9041886.

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  • Published on 2/1/1995

    Payne SM, Donahue C, Rappo P, McNamara JJ, Bass J, First L, Kulig J, Palfrey S, Siegel B, Homer C. Variations in pediatric pneumonia and bronchitis/asthma admission rates. Is appropriateness a factor? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995 Feb; 149(2):162-9. PMID: 7849877.

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