Robert M. Reece, MD retired as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and Director of Child Protection, Tufts Medical Center, Boston in 2010. He directed the Pediatric Emergency Room at Boston City Hospital from 1974-78 and the Child Protection Program there until 1989, and at Boston Children’s Hospital from 1987-1989. In 1989 he began as Director of the Child Protection Program at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, returning to Boston and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in 1993. From 1994 until 2010, he was a member of the pediatric faculty at Tufts Medical Center.
He consulted to Child Protection Teams at the Massachusetts General Children’s Hospital, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. He served on the boards and executive committees of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), Prevent Child Abuse (America), the National Children’s Alliance, the International Advisory Board of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, and the National Center for Child Fatality Review. He was Chair of the Child Abuse Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1998-2002.
He is co-editor of three editions of Child Abuse: Medical Diagnosis and Management; two editions of Child Abuse Treatment: Common Ground for Mental Health, Medical and Legal Practitioners, (Johns Hopkins University Press), and co-editor of Inflicted Childhood Neurotrauma published by the AAP in 2003. He has published 48 peer-reviewed articles and 26 book chapters, has edited The Quarterly Update since 1993. In 2015 he wrote To Tell The Truth, a fictionalized courtroom drama about abusive head trauma. He received awards from APSAC (Outstanding Professional in the Field of Child Maltreatment) in 1997; AAP (Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children) in 2000; and from the Helfer Society (Distinguished Contributions in the Field of Child Maltreatment) in 2003.