Pediatric Forensic Medicine Services

Norton Children’s provides pediatric forensic medicine services to assess and treat possible child abuse and neglect. Our board-certified pediatric 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. We provide assessments in Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as for all 120 counties in Kentucky.

Conditions we assess

  • Child neglect
    • General neglect
    • Medical neglect
    • Nutritional neglect
  • Child physical abuse
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Pediatric condition falsification (formerly referred to as Munchausen syndrome by proxy)

Child abuse resources

Kentucky and Indiana have some of the highest rates of child physical abuse and neglect in the country — affecting more than 40,000 kids a year. Families of all races, backgrounds and economic statuses experience the effects of child abuse. Abuse of any kind is 100% preventable — here are some resources to help children and families:

Child abuse education for providers

Educational materials are available for health care providers on pediatric abusive head trauma and related topics.

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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