Bethany Mohr, MD, FAAP—Child Maltreatment

Member Highlight—February 2016

  • Bethany Mohr, MD, FAAP (bamohr@med.umich.edu)
    • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan
    • Medical Director, Child Protection Team, University of Michigan Health System

What does your position within the UMHS entail?

I am a Pediatric Hospitalist and the Medical Director of the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Child Protection Team (CPT). The UMHS CPT is a multidisciplinary team dedicated to improving the identification and treatment of abused and neglected children. The UMHS CPT promotes the safety and best outcomes for children and families by strengthening and coordinating the community’s response to child maltreatment issues.

Also, I provide training regarding multiple topics within the field of child maltreatment throughout the region and nationally for medical professionals, as well as child welfare professionals.  I work closely with multiple specialists within UMHS upon evaluating suspected victims of child maltreatment.

What is the focus of your current injury research?

I am in the process of implementing a child maltreatment algorithm within the UMHS, which will also serve as a screening tool to ensure that all possible victims of child abuse/neglect who enter UMHS are recognized. This algorithm is founded on a multidisciplinary approach to recognizing possible child maltreatment and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pediatric patients. A main goal is also to ensure that determining when a report should be filed with Children's Protective Services is made in the most objective manner possible.  I am also currently involved in an NIJ-funded research study looking at the biomechanics of traumatic brain injury.

What do you think is the biggest misconception of your line of work?

The biggest misconception about child abuse pediatricians is that we are only looking for child maltreatment. To the contrary, upon performing an evaluation, I always start with a clean slate with the presumption that the patient is not a victim of child maltreatment. Only through obtaining a thorough history, examining the patient (if possible), interpreting imaging studies and lab results, am I able to make a diagnosis. In many cases, the diagnosis is either that the patient is not a victim of maltreatment or I am unable to rule out maltreatment. My goal is always to make the correct diagnosis in order to ensure the safety, but also the wellbeing of the patient.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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