Pediatric Forensic Medicine at Norton Children’s

Kentucky has the highest child abuse rate in the country — more than 22,000 victims, according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Children’s Bureau. Indiana has the second highest rate, with more than 29,000 reported child abuse cases. Norton Children’s Hospital provides pediatric forensic medicine services to assess and treat possible child abuse and neglect.

Our board-certified forensic medicine physicians provide formal consultations and medical expertise on the diagnosis, documentation and follow up of suspected cases of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect in children. Our program is the only pediatric forensic medicine program to serve all 120 counties in Kentucky.

The pediatric forensic medicine team serves as liaisons between hospitals and community partners, including law enforcement, Child Protective Services and the Department of Justice. Our team also provides medical examinations for local child advocacy centers in Louisville and Southern Indiana, assessing and treating suspected victims of child sexual abuse.

The pediatric forensic medicine team is available for telephone consultations and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can assist health care providers and community investigators to ensure appropriate, timely workup and documentation in cases of suspected child maltreatment.

Excellence in pediatric forensic medicine

The Norton Children’s pediatric forensic medicine program has and continues to be on the forefront of preventing and treating child abuse in Kentucky. Our program was the first medical consultation service in Kentucky to evaluate suspected victims of physical abuse and neglect.

Melissa Currie, M.D., was the first board-certified forensic medicine pediatrician in Kentucky. As a result of Kentucky House Bill 285, our team created the core content for statewide training modules on pediatric abusive head trauma prevention. Many of our staff members also sit on a number of state and local committees that impact child safety.

Collaboration with University of Louisville School of Medicine

We work with providers from the University of Louisville to provide highly skilled care. Norton Children’s Hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. These doctors are professors and active researchers helping to advance medical care through clinical research and education.

The Norton Children’s difference

With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes:

Norton Children’s offers specialized programs and services, including:

  • Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, and the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center, which is one of the oldest oncology programs continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
  • Norton Children’s Heart & Vascular Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Norton Children’s heart transplant surgeons performed Kentucky’s first heart transplant in a newborn in 1986, making the hospital the second site in the United States for infant transplants. Norton Children’s Hospital will be home to the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (expected completion in 2019).
  • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, including a Level 4 epilepsy center
  • Orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
  • The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center

 

Forensics

Is it abuse?

Even if you’re not sure, you are required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect. Anonymous calls are accepted.

Kentucky: Call (877) KYSAFE1 (1-877-597-2331)

Indiana: (800) 800-5556

If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

Pediatric Forensic Medicine Service

Forensic consultations available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

(502) 629-6000

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