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Forensic Medicine - Pediatric

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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 as 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.

  • Additional providers

    Forensic nurse practitioners / forensic nurses

    • Lauren Vincent Besednjak, BSN, RN, SANE
    • Jessica Harrison-Richart, LPN
    • Carla Hay, RN, MSN, SANE
    • Stephanie Smith, BSN, RN

    Forensic social worker

    • Wallace Bellis, MSW, CSW