Cheers, Dr. Joseph Biederman…I feel privileged to know you.

I feel privileged to know Dr. Joseph Biederman, Chair of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit, Adult ADHD and Bressler Autism Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Biederman is the very reason that my son Andrew has been under the care of his partner and early protégée Dr. Janet Wozniak for the past fourteen years.

I know no psychiatrist more giving or dedicated to his patients and his research. I am proud to be an inaugural member of the MGH Pediatric Psychopharmacology Advisory Council that is responsible for the generous donation of Alan and Lorraine Bressler, that created the Bressler Autism Center.

Thompson Reuters has just published the 2014 list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. The list includes some 3,200 individuals who published the greatest number of highly cited papers in one of 21 broad fields, 2002-2012. Highly cited papers rank in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication. 401 are in clinical medicine and 220 of the researchers are in psychiatry and neurology/neuroscience. Dr. Joseph Biederman is the only child psychiatrist (and yes he is an adult psychiatrist, as well!) on this list.

He will be remembered and revered in medical books and journals 100 years from now, as will Dr. Janet Wozniak.

While my son’s journey has been difficult beyond measure and even description, Andrew has the quality of life that he has due to Dr. Joseph Biederman and Dr. Janet Wozniak, and so do countless and nameless thousands of children who have and will benefit from their research, their dedication and unmatched compassion.

Cheers, Dr. Biederman on being named to the Thompson Reuters 2014 list!
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