A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Martin A. Finkel, DO, is the founder and medical director of the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute located at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) in Stratford. He also is a professor of pediatrics at UMDNJ-SOM.
Dr. Finkel is an internationally recognized authority on the medical evaluation and treatment of children who have allegedly been sexually abused. He has been instrumental in developing the CARES Institute and New Jersey’s statewide network of regional child abuse diagnostic and treatment centers. These centers provide services for sexually and physically abused children and educate professionals within the medical, child protection, law enforcement, and mental health fields on the evaluation of the child victim.
A member of the Journal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians editorial board, Dr. Finkel serves as a scientific reviewer for several scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Finkel has published numerous articles about child sexual abuse. He also edited the third edition of the textbook Medical Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child: A Practical Guide, published in 2009.
Dr. Finkel is a medical consultant for the state of New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency. He is on the board of directors of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and serves as treasurer. He has been appointed by six governors to co-chair New Jersey’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect — a position he currently holds.
Dr. Finkel earned his osteopathic medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. He completed his internship and residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
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