3020 Children's Way
San Diego, CA 92123


Child Abuse Pediatrics


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

East Carolina University


Greenville Hospital System


University of Colorado - The Children's Hospital

Board Certifications

Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatrics




Dr. Suzanne Starling, an expert in child abuse pediatrics, is the medical director and associate center director at the Chadwick Center for Children & Families at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. She is also a clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Starling comes to Rady Children's from Norfolk, Va., where she served as the medical director of the Child Abuse Program at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, as well as director of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program and chief of the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Previously, she served as director of the Child Abuse & Neglect Program at Vanderbilt University.

Her clinical practice is complemented by extensive research in the field of child abuse, which has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Starling also edited a well-respected textbook in the field. She has given more than 350 lectures to medical, investigative and legal audiences, presenting at national and international conferences.

Dr. Starling's professional society memberships include the Ray E. Helfer Society, the international professional organization for child abuse physicians; the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children; and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect. She is a longstanding member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she also has served as chair of the Section on Child Abuse and Neglect. She was a founding member of the American Board of Pediatrics subboard on child abuse pediatrics and served as its second chairperson.

Among her honors and awards, she received the Liberty Bell Award from the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, given to a non-legal professional whose work has strengthened the effectiveness of the justice system; was named an "Outstanding Professional" by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children; and was selected as a "Hometown Hero" for excellence in child abuse prevention and treatment by the Stihl Corporation and the Norfolk Tides baseball team.


Childhood Falls With Occipital Impacts.
Atkinson N, van Rijn RR, Starling SP

Updated Guidelines for the Medical Assessment and Care of Children Who May Have Been Sexually Abused.
Adams JA, Kellogg ND, Farst KJ, Harper NS, Palusci VJ, Frasier LD, Levitt CJ, Shapiro RA, Moles RL, Starling SP

Knowledge regarding hymens and the sex education of parents.
Brown VW, Lamb SM, Perkins AM, Naim DW, Starling SP

Inter-rater reliability in child sexual abuse diagnosis among expert reviewers.
Starling SP, Frasier LD, Jarvis K, McDonald A

Diagnostic accuracy in child sexual abuse medical evaluation: role of experience, training, and expert case review.
Adams JA, Starling SP, Frasier LD, Palusci VJ, Shapiro RA, Finkel MA, Botash AS

Posttraumatic pulmonary pseudocysts as a manifestation of child abuse.
Wyvill V, Starling SP, Clayton M

Characteristics of falls and risk of injury in children younger than 2 years.
Haney SB, Starling SP, Heisler KW, Okwara L

Transverse fracture of the distal femoral metadiaphysis: a plausible accidental mechanism.
Haney SB, Boos SC, Kutz TJ, Starling SP

Vaginal laceration as a result of blunt vehicular trauma.
Gabriel NM, Clayton M, Starling SP

Child abuse training and knowledge: a national survey of emergency medicine, family medicine, and pediatric residents and program directors.
Starling SP, Heisler KW, Paulson JF, Youmans E

The presence of bruising associated with fractures.
Peters ML, Starling SP, Barnes-Eley ML, Heisler KW

Inflicted skeletal trauma: the relationship of perpetrators to their victims.
Starling SP, Sirotnak AP, Heisler KW, Barnes-Eley ML

Guidelines for medical care of children who may have been sexually abused.
Adams JA, Kaplan RA, Starling SP, Mehta NH, Finkel MA, Botash AS, Kellogg ND, Shapiro RA

Child Abuse Training, Comfort, and Knowledge Among Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatric Residents.
Heisler KW, Starling SP, Edwards H, Paulson JF

Analysis of perpetrator admissions to inflicted traumatic brain injury in children.
Starling SP, Patel S, Burke BL, Sirotnak AP, Stronks S, Rosquist P

Core content for residency training in child abuse and neglect.
Starling SP, Boos S

Accidental scald burns in sinks.
Titus MO, Baxter AL, Starling SP

Pelvic fractures in infants as a sign of physical abuse.
Starling SP, Heller RM, Jenny C

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