Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine offer a three-year fellowship, approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), in child abuse pediatrics. Approximately 1,900 suspected victims of abuse and neglect are evaluated annually through our three freestanding hospitals, two outpatient clinics and telemedicine services.

Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children

The Center for Safe and Healthy Children promotes the safety, protection and well-being of kids through advocacy and child abuse prevention.

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University: A historic partnership of pediatric excellence

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In 1956, the Board of Trustees for both Emory University and Egleston Hospital signed an agreement to make Egleston a first-rate teaching hospital

Children’s is one of the largest freestanding healthcare systems in the country. Emory is one of the nation’s leading research universities. Together, the two share a passion for pediatric innovation and advancements. In 1956, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Egleston Hospital and Emory University first established a pediatric teaching relationship. This relationship has developed to facilitate leading-edge pediatric research, training and innovation.

Children’s and Emory University School of Medicine partner together on pediatric residency and fellowship training programs as well as the management and execution of clinical trials. Discoveries in Emory’s research laboratories are translated into lifesaving treatments at Children’s. Emory and Children’s share a unique employment agreement; more than 400 physicians hold titles at both independent institutions.

National Honors from U.S. News & World Report

Children’s ranks among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The report ranks hospitals for excellence in outcomes, program structure and national reputation in 10 pediatric specialty areas.

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Why Atlanta?

In addition to our unique neighboring pediatric partners, Atlanta is full of diverse communities, walkable neighborhoods, a thriving arts and culture scene, and plenty of green spaces and sunny weather—it’s pretty easy to fall in love with our charming city.

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Emmanuel Peña, DO, FAAP, Fellowship Director

Why Children's?

We manage one million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, urgent care centers and neighborhood locations.

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In the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program, fellows evaluate patients when there is a concern for any form of child maltreatment (physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment) and are actively involved in educating and training medical and nonmedical professionals, as well as students and residents from Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine.


Approximately 70% of a fellow’s time is spent on clinical service and in community activities. Fellows engage in multidisciplinary collaboration on individual cases, one-one one clinical time with pediatric radiologist, pediatric ophthalmologists, licensed therapist, and more. They participate on local child abuse investigation teams and child death review teams and can engage in advocacy efforts at the local and state levels. Children’s is a recognized leader in child maltreatment issues, and faculty members of the program participate on major community- and state-level committees and task forces.

Child abuse pediatrics fellows rotate at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation site to learn about pediatric forensic pathology and participate in additional rotations in pediatric orthopedics, pediatric neuroradiology, rehabilitation medicine and adolescent medicine.


Approximately 30% of a fellow’s time is spent on research. Our fellows complete two research workshops in their first year of training. The first workshop is held at the Kempe Center in Colorado, which focuses on research approach for Child Abuse Pediatrics training. The second research experience is completed at Emory University. Fellows collaborate with researchers at Emory University, Georgia State University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Those interested in more advanced clinical research instruction are invited to enroll in the Master of Science in Clinical Research Program in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

For more information about our fellowship program, contact:

Emmanuel Peña, DO, FAAP
Fellowship Director
Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
975 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-785-8605