LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville pediatrician Melissa Currie, M.D., has passed the 2009 child abuse pediatrics certifying exam, making her one of a handful of physicians nationwide who are certified in this newly designated medical specialty. She was among approximately 200 physicians who took the first exam in November 2009.
“Dr. Currie’s new credentials bring greater authority to her role as chief of UofL’s forensic pediatrics division. I’m glad to see her expertise recognized,” said Gerard Rabalais, M.D., chairman, UofL Pediatrics. “Kentucky needs every advantage as we struggle to come to grips with our status as the nation’s leader in child deaths from abuse and neglect.”
Dr. Currie is a 1999 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency at Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in 2002 and an extra year of training under a widely recognized expert in child abuse at Medical College of Wisconsin. She spent two additional years on the faculty there, providing around-the-clock coverage for the Child Advocacy Consult Service at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Dr. Currie has been chief of UofL Pediatrics’ child abuse team since it was created in September 2007. The team interviews caregivers, examines and photographs patients, reviews old records, produces court-worthy documents and testifies in court.
She is a member of the Jefferson County Child Fatality Review Committee, Physical Abuse Multidisciplinary Team, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky Board of Directors, Commonwealth of Kentucky Child Fatality Review and the Kosair Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Task Force.