• Forensic Medicine

    The Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine offers assessment and treatment for pediatric and adolescent patients with concern for possible child maltreatment. Our goal is to identify and prevent child abuse as well as assist in identifying conditions that may mimic child abuse. Services include consultation and follow-up evaluations. 


  • Consultation services include medical expertise on the recommended evaluation, diagnosis, documentation and follow-up of suspected cases of neglect and child physical and sexual abuse.

    Telephone consultation and support is available 24/7 at 859-218-6727. Consultation can assist in ensuring appropriate and timely work-up as well assist in collaborative investigations with law enforcement and the Department for Community Based Services.

    In addition to diagnosis and treatment, we are committed to working with community partners including Kosair Charities. The Kosair Charities Face It® Movement works to end child abuse through prevention strategies, community engagement and promoting effective policies to improve the safety of children. We also work with the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass in providing medical assessments to victims of alleged sexual abuse.

  • Physicians

    Christina Howard, MD, FAAP
    Child Abuse Pediatrician
    Chief of Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    UK Healthcare Department of Pediatrics

    Jacqueline Sugarman, MD, FAAP
    Child Abuse Pediatrician
    Medical Director Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    UK Healthcare Department of Pediatrics

    Jaime Pittenger, MD, FAAP
    Pediatric Hospitalist
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    UK Healthcare Department of Pediatrics

    Forensic Nurse Practitioners/Forensic Nurses

    Sharon Dickman, RN, MSN, FNP-C, SANE-P

    Lauren Vincent, BSN, RN, SANE

    Carla Hay, BSN, RN

    Felicia Horton, LPN

    Forensic Social Worker

    Wallace Bellis, MSW, CSW

  • Contact us if a Forensic Medicine Consult is needed.

  • Pediatric Specialty Clinic

    Kentucky Clinic
    Second Floor, Wing D, Room J201
    740 S. Limestone
    Lexington KY 40536-0284

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    This is a clinic of the University of Kentucky Hospital, also known as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Read more »

    Call 859-218-6727
    Fax 859-257-1888

    For 24/7 availability, please call UK●MDs and ask for the on-call provider 859-257-5522.

    Amenities
    Dining, Internet/Wi-Fi, Information desk, Pharmacy services, Wheelchairs

    Parking is available at the Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage (PS #3).

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    Kentucky Clinic parking information »


    Insurance information

    Insurance policies can vary widely. Please check with your doctor/clinic for specific insurance information before your visit or procedure to avoid unexpected out-of-pocket costs. See list of insurers »