Dr. Marty Stein, Department of Pediatrics, Featured in Supplement to Pediatrics: Challenging Cases in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Marty Stein, MD

Dr. Marty Stein, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Development and Community Health, UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital,was featured on the front cover of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics which was sent to 70,000 pediatricians nationwide together with their May issue of Pediatrics.

The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics supplement was titled Challenging Cases in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Designed to serve as a case-based guide for clinicians, Dr. Stein compiled and edited 31 peer-reviewed discussions of challenging cases to enable pediatricians to incorporate interdisciplinary approaches when evaluating a variety of different problems in development and behavior.

“Following the initial publication in 1995, these case studies have been used extensively in pediatric resident and fellowship training programs,” Dr. Stein remarked. “The cases include commentaries from experts in different fields to illustrate that there is often more than a single way to understand the complexity of child development and behavior. Many primary care and specialty pediatricians have informed me how valuable these case studies have been in their daily clinical practice.”

Among the early faculty members in the Department, Dr. Stein established the Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics in 1975. He noted that at the time, the concept of a biopsychosocial approach in medical practice was emerging and was consistent with teaching in development and behavior. Dr. Stein was interested in introducing this approach in academic pediatrics.

With the responsibility to train residents in ambulatory pediatrics since the mid 1970’s, Dr. Stein incorporated a curriculum in developmental and behavioral pediatrics in the department’s educational program. With his colleagues at UCSD, he pioneered a new curriculum to teach pediatric residents about the development and behavior of normal children and adolescents as well as those with delays in development, behavioral problems and learning challenges. With his colleague, Dr. Suzanne Dixon, Dr. Stein authored a groundbreaking book, Encounters with Children: Pediatric Behavior and Development (now in the 4th edition); it is recognized as a fundamental textbook in the specialty of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Most pediatric resident programs in the United States currently use this book.

“I am interested in raising the bar of the knowledge and practice of all pediatricians – generalists and specialists,” Dr. Stein states. “My goal is to increase the ability of pediatricians to recognize early signs of learning disabilities, autism, and neuro-behavioral disorders that can adversely affect a child’s development. Early recognition leads to treatments that are more likely to be effective.”

Dr. Martin Stein is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Development and Community Health, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine at UC San Diego. He was elected President of the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in 2000, and is the recipient of the C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development for his outstanding contributions to child development internationally. This prestigious award was given by the American Association of Pediatrics.

Written by: Shivani Singh, Sr. Writer, Dept of Pediatrics s1singh@ucsd.edu

SCIENTIFIC CONTACT: Dr. Martin Stein, Division of Child Health and Community Development, Pediatrics, UC San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego