Child Abuse Pediatrics


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Medical College of Virginia


Virginia Commonwealth University GME

Board Certifications

Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatrics




Dr. Shalon Nienow is the medical clinical director at the Chadwick Center at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

She joins the team following 4 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she was an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico. There she had a dual appointment; working with the Child Abuse Response Team (CART) and serving as medical director of Para Los Ninos. CART provides medical evaluations of children who are alleged victims of physical abuse or neglect, and Para Los Ninos provides medical evaluations of children who are alleged victims of sexual abuse/assault.

Dr. Nienow 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 methods of testing for sexually transmitted infections in children. She regularly provides trainings to various members of the multidisciplinary team. Dr. Nienow has served on the NCE planning committee for the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, was an editor for the AAP's latest publication of the Visual Diagnosis CD, is on the ABP content development team for Maintenance of Certification for the Child Abuse Sub-Board, and was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Counsel on Child Abuse and Neglect. Areas of professional interest include starvation and torture, abuse burn patterns, psychological maltreatment, disclosure patterns and sexually transmitted infections.

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