Doctor, humanitarian named to presidential panel

A board member with a New Jersey non-profit research group has been named to a presidential committee.

Dr. Deborah Spitalnik, a board member with N.J. Policy Perspective, and founding executive director of a developmental disabilities center, has been named by President Obama to the Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Spitalnik, a professor of pediatrics who started the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was named to the committee whose job is to provide advice to the president and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Among other things, Spitalnik is past president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and has received numerous humanitarian awards, according to Policy Perspective. Doctor, humanitarian named to presidential panel