Robert A. Shapiro, MD

Director, Child Abuse Team / Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-0037

Fax 513-636-0204


Child abuse; physical training; telemedicine; diagnosis of child abuse

Dr. Shapiro is the director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He directs the hospital child abuse team and specializes in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Dr. Shapiro’s interests include diagnosing and treating victims of child abuse and neglect, implementing child abuse prevention strategies within primary care medical practices and facilitating a public health response to childhood adversity (ACEs) and building child/family resilience.

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.

View PubMed Publications.

Lindberg D, Makoroff K, Harper N, Laskey A, Bechtel K, Deye K, Shapiro R. Utility of hepatic transaminases to recognize abuse in children. Pediatrics. 2009;124:509-516.

Berkoff MC, Zolotor AJ, Makoroff KL, Thackeray JD, Shapiro RA, Runyan DK. Has this prepubertal girl been sexually abused? JAMA. 2008 Dec 17;300(23):2779-92.

Lindberg DM, Lindsell CJ, Shapiro RA. Variability in Expert Assessments of Child Physical Abuse Likelihood. Pediatrics. 2008 Apr; 121(4):e945-e953.

Adams, J, Kaplan, R, Starling, S, Mehta, N, Finkel, M, Botash, A, Kellogg, N, Shapiro, R. Guidelines for Medical Care of Children Who May Have Been Sexually Abused. J Ped Adolesc Gynec. 2007 Jun;20(3):163-72.

Wallace GH, Makoroff KL, Malott HA, Shapiro RA. Hospital-based multidisciplinary teams can prevent unnecessary child abuse reports and out-of-home placements. Child Abuse Negl. 2007 Jun;31(6):623-9.

Shapiro RA, Makoroff KL. Sexually transmitted diseases in sexually abused girls and adolescents. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Oct;18(5):492-7.