Mary V. Greiner, MD, MS

Medical Director, CHECK Foster Care Center

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-9979


Foster care health; child abuse pediatrics

Mary Greiner, MD, MS, completed training as a child abuse pediatrician in 2011 and subsequently established the Comprehensive Health Evaluations for Cincinnati’s Kids (CHECK) Foster Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The CHECK Center contracts with Job and Family Services to provide comprehensive medical evaluations and assessments of overall functioning for foster youth at the time of entry into foster care and with each placement change.

Dr. Greiner has used her work with the CHECK Foster Care Center to inform a program of research in health issues for youth in foster care. Current research projects include examining knowledge of health and behavioral issues among foster caregivers; piloting and studying interventions to address identified needs for youth in foster care (including traumatic stress prevention, developmental and behavioral evaluations, and dental care); and examining knowledge of healthcare systems and self-management of health for foster youth preparing to age out of foster care.

MD: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 2005.

Residency: Pediatrics, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 2008.

Fellowship: Child Abuse, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

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Beal SJ, Greiner MV. Children in nonparental care: health and social risks. Pediatric research. 2016 Jan;79(1-2):184-90.

Greiner MV, Greiner HM, Caré MM, Owens D, Shapiro R, Holland K. Adding Insult to Injury Nonconvulsive Seizures in Abusive Head Trauma. Journal of child neurology. 2015 Nov;30(13):1778-84.

Greiner MV, Ross J, Brown CM, Beal SJ, Sherman SN. Foster Caregivers’ Perspectives on the Medical Challenges of Children Placed in Their Care Implications for Pediatricians Caring for Children in Foster Care. Clinical pediatrics. 2015 Aug;54(9):853-61.

Wilson PM, Chua M, Care M, Greiner MV, Keeshin B, Bennett B. Utility of head computed tomography in children with a single extremity fracture. The Journal of pediatrics. 2014;164(6):1274-1279.

Greiner MV, Richards TJ, Care MM, Leach JL. Prevalence of subdural collections in children with macrocrania. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2013;34(12):2373-2378.

Greiner MV, Berger RP, Thackeray JD, Lindberg DM, Examining Siblings to Recognize Abuse (ExSTRA) Investigators. Dedicated retinal examination in children evaluated for physical abuse without radiographically identified traumatic brain injury. The Journal of pediatrics. 2013;163(2):527-531.

Greiner MV, Palusci VJ, Keeshin BR, Kearns SC, Sinal SH. A preliminary screening instrument for early detection of medical child abuse. Hospital pediatrics. 2013;3(1):39-44.

Wilson PM, Greiner MV, Duma EM. Posterior rib fractures in a young infant who received chiropractic care. Pediatrics. 2012 Oct 1.

Greiner MV, Lawrence AP, Horn P, Newmeyer AJ, Makoroff KL. Early clinical indicators of developmental outcome in abusive head trauma. Childs Nerv Syst. 2012 Jun; 28 (6): 889-96. 

Greiner, MV, Kerrigan JR. Puberty: Timing is Everything. Pediatric Annals. 2006 Dec;35(12):916-22.