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Fellowship Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research


My goals are to help children and families and to prevent child abuse. My research areas include child physical abuse, child sexual abuse and abusive head injury. I obtained my board certification in pediatrics in 1997 and specialize in child abuse pediatrics. I’ve been in practice for more than 20 years.

I’m the Fellowship Director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s, a designated Child Advocacy Center (CAC). We are devoted to developing better ways of identifying child abuse. I also study outcomes and methods for the prevention of abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome). This syndrome is the most frequent cause of traumatic mortality and morbidity in infants and our understanding of the long-term outcomes of affected children is not well-known.

My research has been published in respected journals, such as The Journal of Pediatrics, Child Abuse and Neglect, Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Care, and Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Child Abuse Prevention

Research Divisions

Child Abuse Prevention

My Education

MD: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA.

Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Fellowship: Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1997.

My Publications

Early developmental, behavioral, and quality of life outcomes following abusive head trauma in infants. Eismann, EA; Theuerling, J; Cassedy, A; Curry, PA; Colliers, T; Makoroff, KL. Child Abuse and Neglect. 2020; 108:104643-104643.

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; Publish Ahead of Print:e473-e475.

Who's Watching the Children? Caregiver Features Associated with Physical Child Abuse versus Accidental Injury. Fingarson, AK; Pierce, MC; Lorenz, DJ; Kaczor, K; Bennett, B; Berger, R; Currie, M; Herr, S; Hickey, S; Magana, J; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 212:180-187.e1.

Feasibility study of the calm baby gently program: An educational baby book intervention on safe practices related to infant crying. Eismann, EA; Pearl, ES; Theuerling, J; Folger, AT; Hutton, JS; Makoroff, K. Child Abuse and Neglect. 2019; 89:135-142.

Improving Emergency Department Care for Pediatric Victims of Sexual Abuse. Hoehn, EF; Overmann, KM; Fananapazir, N; Simonton, K; Makoroff, KL; Bennett, BL; Duma, EM; Kurowski, EM. Pediatrics. 2018; 142:e20181811-e20181811.

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. 2018; Publish Ahead of Print.

Prior opportunities to identify abuse in children with abusive head trauma. Letson, MM; Cooper, JN; Deans, KJ; Scribano, PV; Makoroff, KL; Feldman, KW; Berger, RP. Child Abuse and Neglect. 2016; 60:36-45.

Association of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Rates With Macroeconomic Indicators. Wood, JN; French, B; Fromkin, J; Fakeye, O; Scribano, PV; Letson, MM; Makoroff, KL; Feldman, KW; Fabio, A; Berger, R. Academic Pediatrics. 2016; 16:224-232.