Child Abuse Pediatrics


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Medical College of Virginia


Virginia Commonwealth University GME


Virginia Commonwealth University GME


University of Texas Health Science Center

Board Certifications

Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatrics




Dr. Shalon Nienow is division director of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, medical director at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, associate professor of pediatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and clinical director of Child Abuse Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

As a child abuse pediatrician, Dr Nienow provides medical evaluations for children who are alleged victims of all forms of child abuse/neglect. She frequently serves as an expert witness in civil and criminal legal proceedings related to all aspects of child maltreatment.

Dr. Nienow has conducted research in patterns of disclosure in child sexual abuse as well as on methods of testing for sexually transmitted infections in children, and she has co-authored publications on both topics. She regularly provides trainings to various members of the multidisciplinary team.

Dr. Nienow serves on the NCE planning committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, was an editor for the AAP's latest publication of the Visual Diagnosis CD, served on the ABP content development team for Maintenance of Certification for the Child Abuse Sub-Board, and was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Counsel on Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, she was chosen to serve as a subject matter consultant for the 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention STD Treatment Guidelines section regarding sexual assault or abuse of children.

Her areas of professional interest include starvation and torture, abusive burn patterns, psychological maltreatment, medical child abuse, disclosure patterns and sexually transmitted infections.




Factors that prevent, prompt, and delay disclosures in female victims of child sexual abuse
Kellogg ND, Koek W, Nienow SM

Genital and Extragenital Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in Children and Adolescents Evaluated for Sexual Abuse
Kellogg ND, Melville JD, Lukefahr, JL, Nienow, SM, Russell EL

See the full listing of this physician's publications on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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