Honoring Dr. David Chadwick and his legacy

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Dr. David L. Chadwick, pediatrician and internationally recognized expert in the identification, prevention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect, died at his home in La Mesa, California on January 19, 2020.

Dr. Chadwick served as the Medical Director of San Diego Children’s Hospital (now Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego) from 1968 to 1985. During that time he founded the Center for Child Protection, which grew into what is now the Chadwick Center for Children & Families. He became the full-time director of the Center in 1985.

Although he nominally retired in 1997, he remained active in the child abuse prevention community, working part time for several years as a research professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah’s department of pediatrics and at the Primary Children’s Center for Safe and Healthy Families in Salt Lake City, and serving as chair of the American Medical Association’s National Advisory Council on Family Violence.

Private memorial services will be held. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to Rady Foundation for the Chadwick Center for Children and Families (www.radyfoundation.org/donate/chadwick-center-for-children-and-families).

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