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CHKD Welcomes New Doctor to Child Abuse Program

Elizabeth Earley: or (757) 668-9049

 NORFOLK, Va. – CHKD is pleased to welcome Dr. Hayley Sooknarine to the child abuse program at CHKD, which provides services for children across the region suspected of being abused or neglected. 

Dr. Sooknarine graduated from the University College Dublin School of Medicine and did her residency at State University of New York in Buffalo. She completed a fellowship at Emory University. 

Originally from the Caribbean, Dr. Sooknarine spent several years during her fellowship working in the field of child abuse in Trinidad and Tobago. She continues to mentor and coordinate training for Trinidadian doctors who work with mistreated children.

The child abuse program at CHKD was established in 1998 to provide an integrated response to child abuse through a multidisciplinary team of doctors, forensic interviewers, social workers, psychologists, and community outreach workers. In addition to forensic interviews, the program provides case management, family advocacy, medical care, and specialized mental health treatment.

Dr. Sooknarine will be the second doctor in the program, joining Dr. Michelle Clayton, who is medical director of the program.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Sooknarine to CHKD.


Dr. Hayley Sooknarine


 CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers, and satellite offices throughout its service region. In 2019, CHKD broke ground on a 60-bed, 14-story mental health hospital and outpatient center on its campus to address the mental health crisis facing our youth. The new tower being built on CHKD’s campus in Norfolk is scheduled to open in 2022. Learn more at