Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine offer an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved three-year fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Approximately 1,900 suspected victims of abuse and neglect are evaluated annually among Children’s three freestanding hospitals, two outpatient clinics and telemedicine services.

Learn about the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children

About Our Program

Fellows evaluate patients when there is a concern for abuse and neglect, and are actively involved in educating and training medical and non-medical professionals, as well as students and residents from both Emory University and Morehouse Schools of Medicine.


Approximately 70 percent of a fellow’s time is spent on clinical service and in community activities. Fellows engage in multidisciplinary collaboration on individual cases, participate on local child abuse investigation teams and child death review teams, and are able to engage in advocacy efforts at the local and state level. 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 to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to learn about pediatric forensic pathology, and participate in additional rotations in Pediatric Orthopaedics, Pediatric Neuroradiology, Rehabilitation Medicine and Adolescent Medicine.


Approximately 30 percent of a fellow’s time is spent on research. Fellows collaborate with researchers at Emory School of Medicine, Georgia State University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rollins School of Public Health and Georgia Institute of Technology. Those interested in more advanced clinical research instruction are invited to enroll in the formal Masters of Science in Clinical Research degree program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Contact us

For more information, about our fellowship program, contact:

Stephen Messner, M.D., F.A.A.P.
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: 404-785-5289