Cindy W. Christian, MD

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Cindy W. Christian, MD, is an attending physician, holder of the Anthony A. Latini Endowed Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and President of the Alumni Organization’s Board of Directors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Child abuse, Pediatric education
Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Albany Medical College, Albany, NY


The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

Board Certification

Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Anthony A. Latini Endowed Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Departments and Services




Ibrahim NG, Wood J, Marguiles SS, Christian CW. Influence of age and fall type on head injuries in infants and toddlers. Int J Dev Neurosci. Epub 2011 Oct 21. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22079853.

Christian CW. Timing of the medical examination. J Child Sex Abus. 2011 Sep;20(5):505-20. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21970643.

Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Protecting children from sexual abuse by health care providers. Pediatrics. 2011 Aug;128(2):407-26. Epub 2011 Jun 27. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21708795.

Schilling S, Wood JN, Levine MA, Langdon D, Christian CW. Vitamin D status in abused and nonabused children younger than 2 years old with fractures. Pediatrics. 2011 May;127(5):835-41. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21482609.

Frioux SM, Blinman T, Christian CW. Vaginal lacerations from consensual intercourse in adolescents. Child Abuse Negl. 2011 Jan;35(1):69-73. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21315449.


 Rubin DM, O'Reilly AL, Luan X, Dai D, Localio AR, Christian CW. Variation in pregnancy outcomes following statewide implementation of a prenatal home visitation program. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Mar;165(3):198-204. Epub 2010 Nov 1. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21041588.

Flaherty EG, Stirling J Jr, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Clinical report -- the pediatrician's role in child maltreatment prevention. Pediatrics. 2010 Oct;126(4):833-41. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20945525.

Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect; Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention; Council on Community Pediatrics. American Academy of Pediatrics Policy statement -- child fatality review. Pediatrics. 2010 Sep;126(3):592-6. Epub 2010 Aug 20. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20805149.

Levin AV, Christian CW, Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect Section on Ophthalmology. The eye examination in the evaluation of child abuse. Pediatrics. 2010 Aug;126(2):376-80. Epub 2010 Jul 26. Erratum in: Pediatrics. 2010 Nov;126(5):1053. Ellis, George S Jr [added]. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20660545.

Ince EE, Rubin D, Christian CW. Parental perceptions of hospital care in children with accidental or alleged non-accidental trauma. Child Abuse Negl. 2010 Jun;34(6):403-6. Epub 2010 Apr 20. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20409585. No abstract available.

Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Policy statement -- child abuse, confidentiality, and the health insurance portability and accountability act. Pediatrics. 2010 Jan;125(1):197-201. Epub 2009 Dec 21. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20026490.


Kellogg ND, Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, American Academy of Pediatrics. Clinical report -- the evaluation of sexual behaviors in children. Pediatrics. 2009 Sep;124(3):992-8. Epub 2009 Aug 31. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19720674.

Pandya NK, Baldwin K, Wolfgruber H, Christian CW, Drummond DS, Hosalkar HS. Child abuse and orthopaedic injury patterns: analysis at a level I pediatric trauma center. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Sep;29(6):618-25. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19700994.

Kresnicka LS, Rubin DM, Downes KJ, Lavelle JM, Hodinka RL, McGowan KL, et al. Practice variation in screening for sexually transmitted infections with nucleic acid amplification tests during prepubertal sexual abuse evaluations. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2009 Oct;22(5):292-9. Epub 2009 Jul 2. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19576822.

Binenbaum G, Mirza-George N, Christian CW, Forbes BJ. Odds of abuse associated with retinal hemorrhages in children suspected of child abuse. J AAPOS. 2009 Jun;13(3):268-72. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19541267.

Christian CW, Block R, Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, American Academy of Pediatrics. Abusive head trauma in infants and children. Pediatrics. 2009 May;123(5):1409-11. Cited in PubMed; PMID  19403508.

Brennan LK, Rubin D, Christian CW, Duhaime AC, Mirchandani HG, Rorke-Adams LB. Neck injuries in young pediatric homicide victims. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2009 Mar;3(3):232-9. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19338471.

Wood JN, Christian CW, Adams CM, Rubin DM. Skeletal surveys in infants with isolated skull fractures. Pediatrics. 2009 Feb;123(2):e247-52. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19171576.