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May 2019

Reducing Mental Health Disparities Through Sustaining and
Strengthening Healthy Communities: Increasing Knowledge through Research, Education and Practice

Desmond Kelly, MD

Desmond Kelly, MD is Vice Chair for Academics and Community Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and the Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in Greenville South Carolina. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and Clinical Professor at the Clemson University School of Health Research. He is the Director of the DeLoache Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Outreach Director of the South Carolina LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Program. He also serves as Medical Director of Kidnetics (Children’s Hospital Pediatric Therapies) and Help Me Grow South Carolina.

After graduating from the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa, he worked in training positions in Pediatrics and Psychiatry in London. His U.S. residency in Pediatrics was at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield followed by Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship training at the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He returned to the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for 7 years before joining The Children’s Hospital in Greenville in 1995.

Dr. Kelly is a Past-President of the Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. He served on the Executive Committee of the Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was a member of the AAP’s national Committee on Continuing Medical Education. He was also a member of the Sub-Board of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics of the American Board of Pediatrics for 7 years, chairing the Credentials Committee. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Dr. Kelly’s research and publication has been primarily in the areas of hearing impairment and learning and attention problems. More recently he has focused on early identification of children with developmental and behavioral problems, autism spectrum disorders, and family-centered systems of inter-professional health care delivery.

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