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Child Physical/Sexual Abuse/Neglect


Alyssa Liew - On Child Abuse  - Video

2015 - Melissa Currie, M.D. provides an overview of child abuse in the state of Kentucky - Video


The University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics serves with Norton Children's Hospital as the only statewide medical referral resource for child maltreatment assessments.  Consultations are available for retrospective case review.  Dr. Melissa Currie was the first board-certified child abuse pediatrician in Kentucky.

Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine provides a standardized approach to the assessment of child abuse and neglect issues. Our formal consultation service provides medical expertise on the diagnosis, documentation, and follow-up of suspected cases of child physical abuse and neglect. The pediatric forensic medicine team serves as liaison between the hospital team and community partners such as law enforcement, Child Protective Services (CPS), and the Department of Justice.  Since 2007, the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine has performed over 3,600 consultations.

The Team is available for telephone consultation and support 24/7.  We can assist health care providers and community investigators to ensure an appropriate, timely workup and documentation in cases of suspected child maltreatment.

 

Our Commitment to Community Engagement Face It logo

With Dr. Melissa Currie as its leader, the Department of Pediatrics is actively involved in a number of local and statewide coalitions formed to end child abuse, including Kosair Charities’ Face It Movement. Dr. Currie is a founding member of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel, appointed by Governor Steve Beshear.  The Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine faculty and staff sit on a number of state and local committees that impact the safety of children, including the state public health child fatality review, which is chaired by Dr. Currie, the local Jefferson County Child Fatality Review Team, Community Human Trafficking Task Force, State Children’s Justice Act Task Force, and the Jefferson County Citizens Review Panel. Dr. Currie is also the founding chairperson of the Jefferson County Physical Abuse Multidisciplinary Team, and program faculty regularly staff the Sexual Abuse Multidisciplinary Team.  Dr. Currie has written the core content for statewide training modules for nurses and other professionals that are being provided as a result of House Bill 285, and she was instrumental in the passage of HB157 this session, which requires continuing medical education about child abuse for doctors in Kentucky who see children.  Dr. Currie is also a regular presenter at the School of Medicine’s Cultural Competency Workshop, where she addresses the disproportionate treatment of African American children in the child welfare system.  Finally, our faculty provides the medical examination component for our local child advocacy center, which assesses and provides treatment for suspected victims of child sexual abuse.

Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine remains grateful for the steadfast support of Kosair Charities.


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- Funding for Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine is in part from federal and state CHFS funds

Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine

Academic Office

P: (502) 629-3099
F: (502) 629-3096

Administrative Assistants:
Nancy Farmer

Email Us  with Pediatric Forensic Medicine Fellowship Program questions.


Faculty

Melissa Currie, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Medical Director and Chief
Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine
Program Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship
Professor of Pediatrics

Vinod Rao, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship

Jennie Green, M.D
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellow(s)

Nick Miles, M.D

The Child Abuse Fellowship Program of the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine utilizes the six core competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as the foundation for a curriculum which provides clinical training in the discipline of Child Abuse Pediatrics. We strive to provide a comprehensive fellowship program in Child Abuse Pediatrics that will assimilate a specially trained diagnostician, motivated researcher,  inspired instructor, expert physician witness, tireless child advocate and lifelong physician learner: Additionally, the fellow gains a background in academic research, which provides skills required for competition in the academic setting. Ample opportunity is provided for development of teaching skills, both in informal and formal education settings.

Goals and Objectives

  • To become proficient in evaluating and managing pediatric injury cases concerning for non-accidental trauma and to be familiar with the possible differential diagnoses related to these cases. (Patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism)
  • To participate in clinical experiences involving all facets of the child abuse field including neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. (Patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems based practice)
  • To perform a research project in the field of child abuse pediatrics. (Medical knowledge, professionalism, systems based practice)
  • To attain effective communication and interactions with medical team members as well as with members of the multidisciplinary team including law enforcement, prosecuting and county attorneys, child protection workers and therapists. (Interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems based practice)
  • To learn to provide court testimony in criminal and family court situations both as an examining physician and expert witness in the field of child abuse pediatrics. (Medical knowledge, interpersonal and communications skills, professionalism,  systems based practice)
  • To understand the process of effective instruction, self- reflection and the analysis of clinical and system processes to allow for ongoing improvements of clinical practice. (Medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice based learning and improvement, professionalism, systems based practice)