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Suzanne P. Starling, MD

    • Title:
    • Professor

    • Role:
    • Faculty

    • Faculty Appointments:
    • Professor of Pediatrics

    • Additional Certifications:
    • Focus Areas:
      • The medical evaluation of child abuse and neglect

      • Conditions that mimic child abuse

    • Contact Info:
    • 757.668.7000

    • Office Location:
    • Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

    • Undergraduate Education:
    • Graduate Education:
    • Postdoctoral Education:
    • Medical Education:
    • East Carolina University

    • Residency:
    • Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System

    • Fellowship(s):
    • Children's Hospital Denver/University of Colorado

    • Board Certification(s):
    • American Board of Pediatrics

      Child Abuse Pediatrics

    • Affiliation(s):
    • Research Interests:
      • Child abuse education for professionals

      • Quality improvement in child abuse evaluations

    • Primary Specialty:
    • Child Abuse Pediatrics

    • Hospital:
    • Courses Taught:
    • Current Projects:
    • Bio:
    • Dr. Starling has served as the medical director of the Child Abuse Program at CHKD since 2000. She is a professor of pediatrics, chief of the division of child abuse pediatrics at EVMS, and director of the child abuse pediatrics fellowship program. Dr. Starling lectures extensively throughout the world on many topics in the field of child abuse and directs several quality improvement projects involving the accurate diagnosis of child abuse.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Peters, ML, Starling SP, Barnes-Ely ML, Heisler KW. Inflicted skeletal trauma: How often are bruises found near fractures? Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2008;162:877-881

Starling SP, Heisler KW, Paulson JF, Youmans E. Child Abuse Training and Knowledge: A National Survey of Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatric Residents and Program Directors. Pediatrics. 2009;123;e595-e602

Gabriel NM, Clayton M, Starling SP. Vaginal laceration as a result of blunt abdominal trauma. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology 2009 22:e166ee168

Haney SB, Boos S, Kutz T, Starling SP. Transverse fracture of the distal femoral metadiaphysis: A plausible accidental mechanism. Pediatric Emergency Care 2009; 25: 841-844. PMID 19952971

Wyvill VW, Starling SP, Clayton M. Post-traumatic pulmonary pseudocysts as a manifestation of child abuse. Pediatric Emergency Care 2012; 28:178-179. PMID 22307189

Adams JA, Starling SP, Frasier LD, et al. Diagnostic accuracy in child sexual abuse medical evaluation: role of experience, training, and expert case review. Child Abuse and Neglect 2012 36: 383– 392. PMID 22632855

Starling SP, Frasier L, et al. Inter-rater reliability in child sexual abuse diagnosis among expert reviewers. Child Abuse & Neglect 2013, 37:456-464 PMID 23398966

Knox BL, Starling SP, Feldman KW, Kellogg ND, Frasier LD, Tiapula SL. Child torture as form of child abuse. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma 2014, 7:37-49



Starling SP. Head injury in child abuse. In: Giardino ER and Alexander R, eds. Child Maltreatment: A clinical guide and reference. GW Medical, 2005

Knox B, Starling SP. Inflicted burns. In, Jenny C, ed. Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Evidence. Elsevier Press 2010

Starling SP. Developing Standards for Education and Qualifications of the Child Sexual Abuse Medical Examiner. In Kaplan RA, Adams JA, Starling SP, Giardino AP, eds. Medical response to child sexual abuse: A resource for clinicians and other professionals. GW Medical 2011.

Kaplan RA, Adams JA, Starling SP, Giardino AP, editors. Medical response to child sexual abuse: A resource for clinicians and other professionals. GW Medical 2011.