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Fellowship Information

The University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of PediatricsChildren’s Hospital Colorado, and the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, all located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, offer a three-year post-residency fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics. The primary goal of our fellowship program is to train physicians who are board eligible or board certified in pediatrics to become academic and clinical leaders in the subspecialty field of Child Abuse Pediatrics The fellowship provides in-depth and intensive training clinical care, education and research.

About Kempe

The Kempe Center was founded in 1972 by C. Henry Kempe, MD, a former University of Colorado School of Medicine Chairman of Pediatrics. His 1962 publication of the landmark paper The Battered Child, establishing one of the nation’s first Child Protection Teams in 1958 and founding of the national center in Denver, are both legacy and foundation for the current University of Colorado School of Medicine child advocacy and protection system of care.

The faculty at The Kempe Center consists of pediatricians, social workers, lawyer, epidemiologists, child welfare services researchers and psychology and psychiatry clinicians. Our strength-based, family centered, and competency-based training program for child welfare professionals has educational experts in adult learning.  Children’s Hospital Colorado clinical staff have many faculty colleagues in the Departments of General Pediatrics, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Social Work and Surgery who provide excellent interdisciplinary care with our team for suspected child abuse victims and their families. 

Past trainees continue very active involvement in the field of child abuse pediatrics and have become nationally recognized for their work with abused children as academic faculty, clinicians, and educators.

Program Aims

  • The Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship will train pediatricians to become clinical, academic, educational, and administrative leaders in the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics. The fellowship has the core goal to promote the health, safety, and well-being of all children by assuring that there are well trained subspecialists the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics.
  • Fellows will learn to provide patient care to children and adolescents with suspected abuse in a family-centered, culturally-sensitive, objective, developmentally-focused, non-judgmental manner and within a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) that is broadly inclusive and evidence-based. The MDT model for the diagnosis and treatment of child abuse is emphasized. Successful completion of training depends on the demonstrated ability to utilize and coordinate care within health care and child welfare systems in order to provide optimal care and advocacy for patients, families and communities.
  • The program also trains fellows to grow as experts in the education of multidisciplinary professionals, as well as graduate medical education learners in our school and hospitals. Fellows who successfully complete training will have developed a teaching portfolio that addresses the scope of education in our field and advocacy for the issue of child maltreatment. The program provides basic research skills needed for completion of core scholarship requirements and graduate fellows who will advance the evidence base of the field.
  • The program provides basic research skills needed for completion of core scholarship requirement and graduate fellows who will advance the evidence base of the field.
  • The program teaches trainees strategies to maintain wellness (of self and others), to build resilience, and to minimize burnout.
  • To build and maintain an infrastructure to recruit diverse fellows and provide an inclusive learning environment that promotes and celebrates differences.

Past Fellows

Name Year Completed Current Position / Faculty Appointment Location
Kelly Finnegan, MD 2024 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Denver Health Medical Center
Carmelle Wallace, MD, MPH, DTMH 2024 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics University of Colorado SOM
Jessie Panks, MD 2021 Pediatrics Practice, Washington Woodinville Pediatrics Group
Sasha Svendsen, MD 2017 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Division Chief, Child Protection Program U Mass Chan Medical School
Curtis Rashaan Ford, MD 2013 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics University of Colorado SOM
Sandeep Narang, MD 2008 Professor of Pediatrics Chief, Section of Child Advocacy and Protection Medical College of Wisconsin
Antonia Chiesa, MD 2005 Associate Professor of Pediatrics Director of Integrated Healthcare Operations and Services, The Kempe Center University of Colorado SOM
Kathryn Wells, MD 2002 Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director, The Kempe Center University of Colorado SOM
Tamara Grigsby, MD 2001 Professor of Pediatrics OHSU, Portland, OR
Patti Rosquist, MD 1999 Pediatric Practice Longmont, CO
Timothy Kutz, MD 1997 Professor of Pediatrics St. Louis University SOM
Dede Arnholz, MD 1998 Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Kaiser Permanente, CO
Kent Hymel, MD 1996 Professor of Pediatrics Hershey College Medicine, retired
Suzanne P. Starling, MD 1995 Professor of Pediatrics Eastern Virginia Medical School
Andrew Sirotnak, MD 1994 Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair Faculty Affairs University of Colorado SOM
Susan K. Reichert, MD 1993 Previous Director, Child Advocacy Bend, OR