The board-certified child abuse pediatricians with Norton Children’s Pediatric Protection Specialists, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, treat possible child abuse and neglect. They provide formal consultations and medical expertise on the diagnosis, documentation, and follow up of suspected cases of child maltreatment. We provide assessments in Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as for all 120 counties in Kentucky.
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 maltreatment. Abuse of any kind is 100% preventable — here are some resources to help children and families:
Educational materials are available for health care providers on pediatric abusive head trauma and related topics.
Norton Children’s Pediatric Protection Specialists have and continue to be on the forefront of preventing and treating child abuse in Kentucky. Our program was the first pediatrics-based medical consultation service in Kentucky to evaluate suspected victims of physical abuse and neglect.
Melissa Currie, M.D., was the first board-certified child abuse 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. Our faculty and many of our staff members also sit on a number of state and local committees that impact child safety.
Our providers offer 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 care your child needs is close to home at Norton Children’s. 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: