Dr. Robert Block
Robert Block is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. He was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as President-Elect in October, 2010, and served as President from October, 2011 through October, 2012. In October, 2013 he was inducted into the Tulsa (OK) Hall of Fame. He was appointed the first Chair of the newly formed sub-board on Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) from 2006-2009, and continued to serve on the sub-board through 2012. He holds Certificate #1 from the ABP in Child Abuse Pediatrics. He is a former member and chair of the United States’ Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines. Dr. Block is a past President and Board Chair of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), the national organization focused on increasing health care professionals’ education, and academic research, on the health effects of violence and abuse. He will continue promoting his passion for helping young children live optimally as the Medical Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics new Center on Healthy, Resilient Children. Dr. Block serves on the Board of Directors of the Potts Family Foundation, and is a proud Oklahoma CEO, calling for improved early childhood education and the best possible family environments. Dr. Block is married to Sharon Block, a retired Science teacher and R.N. They have two married daughters, Erika Mays, and Andrea Wooldridge, and three wonderful grandchildren.