Maryland Child Abuse Medical Professionals

A network of experts in the maltreatment of children

About Child Abuse Medical Professionals

The Child Abuse Medical Professionals (CHAMP) is a network of medical professionals (doctors and nurses) who are experts in child maltreatment, including child abuse and neglect. They serve as a resource to medical professionals, children’s advocacy centers (CACs), and MDT partners, evaluate suspected maltreatment in children, including abuse and neglect, and provide consultation and training to medical professionals.


Child maltreatment is a common and serious public health concern, resulting in significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. Maryland Health General Article §13-2201-2207 established the Maryland CHAMP Initiative in the Maryland Department of Health. The goal is to train and provide ongoing support, education, and expert consultation in the diagnosis and treatment of child abuse to medical professionals who evaluate children with suspected child maltreatment at CACs, emergency departments, and other locations.

CHAMP Activities Include:

  • Serving as a resource to medical professionals
  • Providing expert medical evaluations when concerns of child maltreatment arise
  • Providing consultation to Child Protective Services (CPS), Child Advocacy Centers, law enforcement, state's attorney's offices, and other professionals in the field
  • Developing policies and practice guidelines to improve the response to children and families when there is a concern of suspected child abuse or neglect


CHAMP Resources

Educational resources for parents, providers, and professionals in addressing suspected child maltreatment

CHAMP Referral Guidelines

Guidelines to assist in deciding when to seek medical consultation for child abuse and neglect

Our Faculty

Wendy G. Lane, M.D., MPH

Director, Child Abuse Medical Professionals (CHAMP) Program Medical Director, Child Advocacy Center at Center for Hope, LifeBridge Health Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health & Department of Pediatrics; University of Maryland

Howard Dubowitz, M.D., MS, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics

Head, Division of Child Protection; Director, Center for Families Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Scott Krugman, M.D., MS

Vice Chair, Pediatrics, Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai

Mitchell Goldstein, M.D., MBA

Director, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Colleges Advisory Program

Director, Johns Hopkins Child Protection Team

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Pamela Holtzinger, D.N.P, BHA, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC

Forensic Nurse Examiner, Adult/Pediatric Program Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services Supervisor

Frederick Health Hospital/Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County

Eunice M. Esposito, RN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A, SANE-P

Forensic Nurse Coordinator, TidalHealth Peninsula Regional

Evelyn Shukat, M.D.

Medical Director, Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, MD