Dr. Wil Blechman

Dr. Wil Blechman is a rheumatologist who developed a major interest in children’s issues as a result of his work with Kiwanis. A past president of Kiwanis International, Dr. Blechman was instrumental in developing the organization’s ongoing worldwide program, Young Children: Priority One, which focuses on children from before birth through age 5. Since leaving his medical practice, Dr. Blechman has served as Florida’s State Health Officer and as a consultant to the Departments of Health and Children and Families. He was Charter President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (2001-03 and again in 2006) and Member and Vice Chair of the Board of The Miami-Dade Children’s Trust (2003-2009) Presently he serves as Vice-Chair of The Children’s Forum and on the Advisory Board of the Partnership for America’s Economic Success, now known as ReadyNation, as well as the Advisory Council for Nemours BrightStart! Dyslexia Initiative.. He also serves on the Lawton Chiles Foundation Board and on the Advisory Board for the ETLP. Dr. Blechman has received numerous awards for his services and was specially recognized for the impact his efforts had on the increased immunization rate in Florida for children under two. In 2009, he was made an Honorary Member of the Florida Pediatric Society and he is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America. In addition, Dr. Blechman is very interested in recent research on brain development in the preschool child and is part of a team of individuals in Florida who speaks to this issue.


  • International Committee on Young Children: Priority One 2017 – 2018 Encouraging Kiwanis Club to maintain a focus on children from before birth to age 5 in addition to their other service projects.
  • Regional Coordinator, Project to Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus. Kiwanis International 2010 – 2015
  • Past International President Kiwanis International 1990 – 1991 As President introduced program focusing on children from before birth to age 5 entitled Young Children: Priority One.