News Release

Friday, June 20, 2008

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CHKD Physician Recognized by National Child Abuse Group

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters child abuse pediatrician Suzanne Starling, M.D., was recently honored by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and received its Outstanding Professional Award during the group’s annual colloquium in Phoenix, Ariz.

National award presented to CHKD child abuse pediatrician Suzanne Starling, M.D., by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
National award presented to CHKD child abuse pediatrician Suzanne Starling, M.D., by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

Dr. Starling, who is medical director of CHKD’s regional child abuse program, was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field of child maltreatment and the advancement of APSAC’s goals. APSAC is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Elmhurst, Ill., and focuses on enhancing the ability of professionals to respond to the needs of children and families affected by abuse and violence. For more information on APSAC visit

“This is a national and highly prominent award that reflects not only the valuable contributions Dr. Starling has made to the field, but also the high regard in which she is held by her peers and other child abuse professionals,” said Jane Hollingsworth, Psy.D., executive director of the CHKD child abuse program.

In addition to her role at CHKD, Dr. Starling is a professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and serves as chief of the school’s division of child abuse pediatrics. She is a charter member of the Helfer Society (honor society for physicians specializing in child abuse) and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she chairs the executive committee of the Section on Child Abuse and Neglect. She also serves as a member of the American Board of Pediatrics subboard on Child Abuse Pediatrics, the board that will oversee the education and certification process in the field of child abuse. Dr. Starling is a frequent lecturer on child abuse and neglect and an author of more than 20 publications in the field.

The Child Abuse Program at CHKD is the only one of its kind in the area and serves as the regional referral center for coordination of child abuse services and programs. It offers a multi-disciplinary approach to care, involving all agencies participating in case investigation and protection of the child. This approach speeds the investigative process, precludes the child from having to repeat his or her story multiple times and collects accurate, unbiased information that can be used in civil and criminal proceedings against alleged perpetrators.

The program offers a variety of medical and mental health services to help abused and neglected children begin healing, and its facility offers a safe, nurturing environment. The program further works to ensure the best possible outcome for each child. Last year, program staff provided services that helped more than 1,000 children.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,200 inpatient admissions and 195,000 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.