Maryland CHAMP

The Maryland Child Abuse Medical Providers' Network

Medical expertise in the evaluation of child abuse and neglect is crucial. While some Maryland jurisdictions have adequate medical resources for doing so, others have less or none. The Maryland Child Abuse and Neglect Initiative was established in 2005, when the Maryland General Assembly enacted Health General Article 13-2201-2206, Annotated Code of Maryland. The Initiative was renamed Maryland CHAMP in 2008 when 13-2201-2206, Annotated Code of Maryland was amended. Maryland CHAMP is a program of the Maryland Department of Health and is administered by the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Maryland CHAMP is led by a faculty of experts in the medical evaluation of child abuse.  The faculty provides training, consultation, and support to a network of medical providers throughout the state.  The goal of Maryland CHAMP is to help develop medical expertise related to child maltreatment in every Maryland jurisdiction. This will be a valuable resource for evaluating suspected abuse or neglect in children, providing consultation and training to community professionals, and engaging in prevention activities.
The Maryland CHAMP Program is led by:
Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS, FAAP 
Professor and Division Head, Child Protection Division, Department of Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
CHAMP Faculty:
Leena Dev, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Baltimore Metro Area
Mitchell Goldstein, MD, MBA 
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins
Pamela Holtzinger, RN, FNE-P 
SAFE Program Coordinator, Meritus Medical Center
Forensic Nurse Examiner, Frederick County Child Advocacy Center
Scott Krugman, MD, MS 
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Franklin Square Hospital
Clinical Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Wendy Lane, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland
Charles Shubin, MD
Medical Director, Children's Health Center, Mercy Family Care
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Evelyn Shukat, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, The Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County
Maryland CHAMP Faculty:
  • Recruit and train physicians, forensic nurse examiners, and nurse practitioners interested in working in the field of child abuse and neglect
  • Provide support, ongoing consultation, and training to medical professionals working in the field of child maltreatment.
  • Develop guidelines to help professionals and to improve the system's response to children suspected of having been maltreated and their families.
  • Provide guidance to local or regional child maltreatment teams in the medical aspects of child maltreatment investigations to facilitate the prosecution of criminal child abuse and neglect.
  • Facilitate a peer review system using a secure Web-based program.
Maryland CHAMP Network Providers:
  • Aim to ensure access to competent medical evaluations and treatment for every child suspected of having been maltreated.
  • Consult to child protective services (CPS), law enforcement, the state's attorney's office, as well as pediatricians and other professionals.
  • Collaborate closely with child advocacy centers (CACs).
  • Provide training regarding how to assess and address child maltreatment.
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