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Robert A. Shapiro, MD

  • Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
As a child abuse physician, I understand that recognizing child abuse requires a multidisciplinary collaboration among doctors, nurses, social workers, child protection workers, law enforcement and attorneys.
Robert A. Shapiro, MD



As a child abuse physician, I understand that recognizing child abuse requires a multidisciplinary collaboration among doctors, nurses, social workers, child protection workers, law enforcement and attorneys. I direct the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s, which is a best-practice leader in the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse.

Diagnosing child abuse during my clinical work in the Pediatric Emergency Department raised my curiosity about how we can better protect children and families by increasing our understanding of child maltreatment.

My research is mostly concerned with improving child health and well-being by adding to our understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress and resilience. I am the executive director of Joining Forces for Children, a strong community collaboration working to build child and family resilience within the greater Cincinnati area. Some of my other research focuses on more accurately diagnosing child abuse.

I have been honored several times for the work I do. I have received the:

  • 2016 Insuring the Children Jerry Clark Humanitarian Award
  • 2016 Center for Clinical & Translational Science & Training (CCTST) Practice-Based Research Award
  • 2016 CCTST Academic-Community Research Partnership Award
  • 2017 Encourage the Heart Award from Child Focus, Inc.
  • 2018 Beacon of Light Humanitarian Award from Lighthouse Youth and Family Services

MD: University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1979.

Residency: Pediatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center - New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1982.

Fellowship: Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Bellevue Hospital Center - New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1984.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1985; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1992.


Child abuse; telemedicine

Services and Specialties

Injury Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention


Child abuse diagnostics

Research Areas

Child Abuse Prevention

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Impact of Screening and Co-located Parent Coaching Within Pediatric Primary Care on Child Health Care Use: A Stepped Wedge Design. Eismann, EA; Zhang, B; Fenchel, M; Folger, AT; Huynh, J; Bailey, JM; Shapiro, RA. Prevention Science. 2023; 24:173-185.

Identifying Predictors of Physical Abuse Evaluation of Injured Infants: Opportunities to Improve Recognition. Eismann, EA; Shapiro, RA; Makoroff, KL; Theuerling, J; Stephenson, N; Duma, EM; Fain, ET; Frey, TM; Riney, LC; Thackeray, JD. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e1503-e1509.

Parent Perspectives on Co-located Parent Coaching Services within Pediatric Primary Care. Eismann, EA; Vaughn, LM; Vilvens, HL; Page, E; Folger, AT; Huynh, J; Shapiro, RA. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2021; 30:1965-1978.

Providers' Ability to Identify Sentinel Injuries Concerning for Physical Abuse in Infants. Eismann, EA; Shapiro, RA; Thackeray, J; Makoroff, K; Bressler, CJ; Kim, GJ; Vavul-Roediger, L; McPherson, P; Izsak, E; Spencer, SP. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e230-e235.

Co-located Parent Coaching Services Within Pediatric Primary Care: Feasibility and Acceptability. Eismann, EA; Folger, AT; Shapiro, RA; Sivertson, S; Brown, K; Wesseler, SA; Huynh, J. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2021; 35:53-63.

Chlamydia Conjunctivitis in 2 Prepubertal Children: An Uncommon Presentation of Child Sexual Abuse. Brownell, AD; Utz, VM; Makoroff, KL; Shapiro, RA; Mortensen, JE. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2020; 36:e473-e475.

Supporting Families Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences Within Child Care Settings: A Feasibility Pilot. Eismann, EA; Brinkmann, C; Theuerling, J; Shapiro, RA. Early Childhood Education Journal. 2020; 48:451-462.

Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences and Pediatric Healthcare Use by 2 Years of Age. Eismann, EA; Folger, AT; Stephenson, NB; Brownrigg, ME; Shapiro, RA; Macaluso, M; Gillespie, RJ. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 211:146-151.

Caution Is Required When Using Non-Food and Drug Administration-Cleared Assays to Diagnose Sexually Transmitted Infections in Children. Brownell, AD; Shapiro, RA; Hammerschlag, MR. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 206:280-282.

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