News Release

Tuesday, November 07, 2000

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757)668-7043

New Medical Director Named To Oversee Child Abuse Programs At CHKD

NORFOLK, Va.--Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters recently named pediatrician Suzanne P. Starling, M.D., as the new medical director of its Children's Advocacy Center. Dr. Starling also was designated to oversee the hospital's child abuse and neglect consultation services and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. Additionally, she will serve on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Starling comes to CHKD from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tenn., where she served in a similar capacity as medical director of the Our Kids Center, director of the Child Abuse and Neglect Program and as an assistant professor of pediatrics. Raised in North Carolina, she received her bachelor of arts degree and medical degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. Following her pediatric residency training, she completed a two-year fellowship of specialized training in child abuse and neglect at the Children's Hospital in Denver, Colo., before going to Vanderbilt in 1995. The Children's Advocacy Center, a program of CHKD, begins the healing process for victims of child maltreatment through innovative programs that honor the abused child's needs for safety, dignity and privacy. The Center offers abused and neglected children a safe and nurturing environment and provides accurate and compassionate diagnostic, assessment and treatment services while coordinating the efforts of various community agencies working together on behalf of the abused child.