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Shalon Nienow, MD

Dr. Shalon Nienow is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego and Clinical Director of Child Abuse Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

As a child abuse pediatrician, Dr. Nienow provides medical evaluations for children who are alleged victims of all forms of child abuse/neglect. Dr. Nienow frequently serves as an expert witness in civil and criminal legal proceedings related to all aspects of child maltreatment.  Dr. Nienow has conducted research in patterns of disclosure in child sexual abuse as well as methods of testing for sexually transmitted infections in children; and has co-authored publications on both topics. She regularly provides trainings to various members of the multidisciplinary team.  Dr. Nienow serves on the NCE planning committee for the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, was an editor for the AAP’s latest publication of the Visual Diagnosis CD, served on the ABP content development team for Maintenance of Certification for the Child Abuse Sub-Board, and was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Counsel on Child Abuse and Neglect.  In addition, she was chosen to serve as a subject matter consultant for the 2021 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines section regarding Sexual Assault or Abuse of Children.  Areas of professional interest include starvation and torture, abusive burn patterns, psychological maltreatment, medical child abuse, disclosure patterns and sexually transmitted infections.
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Undergraduate Education:  Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Graduate Education:  Certificate in Anatomy, Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Medical Degree:  Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Internship & Residency:  Pediatrics, Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship:  Child Abuse Pediatrics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX
Special Certifications: 

  • Board Certified in General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Board Certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Areas of Interest

  • Medical Child Abuse
  • Starvation/Torture
  • Patterns of Disclosure in Child Sexual Abuse
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections in Children

Publications

  • Nienow, SM, Burrell, T, Phillips, J. Sexual Abuse Findings In: Anderst J, ed. Visual Diagnosis of Child Abuse, 4th Edition. American Academy of Pediatrics [USB flash Drive]; 2016
  • Kellogg ND, Melville JD, Lukefahr, JL, Nienow, SM, Russell EL. Detection of Genital & Extragenital Gonorrhea & Chlamydia in Children Evaluated for Sexual Abuse. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2018 November; 34 (11): 761-766. 2018
  • Northrop, SA & Nienow, SM. Medical Management of the Adolescent Sexual Abuse/Assault Victim. In: Laskey T & Sirotnak A, eds. Child Abuse Medical Diagnosis and Management, 4th Location: American Academy of Pediatrics. 2019
  • Kellogg ND, Koek W, Nienow SM. Factors that prevent, prompt, and delay disclosures in female victims of sexual abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect. 101 (2020): 104360. 2020
  • Rooks V, Wood, JR, Hamele MT, Farnsworth GM, Nienow SM. Perspective: Child abuse in the Military. Pediatric Radiology (in press)

Most Relevant Presentations 

  • 2015: Invited Speaker, School Health Education Institute , New Mexico Public Education Department, “Sexual Abuse Awareness”
  • 2015: Invited Speaker, Head To Toe, New Mexico Department of Health, “Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse”
  • 2015: Invited Speaker (co-presenter), NM-Child Abuse Prevention Partnership, 1st Annual State-Wide Train the Trainer Summit, “Patterns of Disclosure in Childhood Abuse”
  • 2016: Invited Speaker, New Mexico Children’s Law Institute, 23rd Annual Multidisciplinary Conference, “Human Trafficking”
  • 2016: Invited Speaker, New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, NM Advanced SANE Conference, “Updates in STI Testing”
  • 2017: Invited Speaker, New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, NM Advanced SANE Conference, “Human Trafficking” & co-presenter “Being an Expert Witness”
  • 2017: Invited Speaker, Indian Health Services Dental Clinic, Education for Staff, “Dental Aspects of Child Abuse”
  • 2017: Keynote Speaker, NM Nurse Practioner Counsel, 2017 Fall Conference: Recognizing & Treating Sexual Health, Issues Across the Life Span, “The Medical Response to Human Trafficking”
  • 2018: Invited Speaker, The Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito Boys, Board of Directors Retreat, “Issues Facing Adolescents Today”
  • 2019: Invited Speaker, 34th Annual San Diego International, Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, Mini-plenary Session, “Tainted Love – Sexually Transmitted Infections in Child Abuse”
  • 2019: Invited Speaker, Pediatric Trauma Society 6th Annual Meeting, “Child Abuse Screening and Management”, San Diego, CA
  • 2020: Invited Speaker, Child Abuse: Non-Accidental Injuries for Medical, Professionals
  • Children’s Justice Center of O’ahu, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
  • 2020: Keynote Speaker, Multidisciplinary Response to Child Abuse – SUMMIT, “The Approach to Cases of Child Abuse: A Coordinated MDT Response”, Children’s Justice Center of O’ahu, Fort Shafter, Honolulu, HI
  • 2020: Speaker 35th Annual San Diego International, Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment
  • Workshop, “I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours: Sexual Behaviors in Childhood”
  • 2020: Serious Non-Accidental Harm to Children Training Series. Children’s Justice Centers of Hawaii
  • “Failure to Thrive & Neglect”, “Starvation & Torture”, “Sexual Abuse Dynamics”, “Sexually Transmitted Infections”
  • 2020: Invited Speaker, Advanced Medical Training, Children’s Alliance of Montana, “Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse”, “Sexually Transmitted Infections”
  • 2020: Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds Summer Series, “Assessing for child abuse in the age of COVID”
  • 2020: SD County Office of the District Attorney, Training for ADAs in the Family Protection Division
  • “Sentinel Injuries”, “Sexual Abuse Dynamics”, “Sexually Transmitted Infections”, “Child Endangerment”
  • 2021: Speaker, 36th Annual San Diego International, Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment
  • 2021: Preconference Institute, “Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse”       

Teaching

  • Adjunct Clinical Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing
  • Phase II Clinical Instructor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Practical Immersion Experience Narrative Strand Mentor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Phase II Tutorial Leader, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Associate Program Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship, University of California San Diego
  • Scholarly Oversight Committee Member, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship, University of California San Diego
  • Clinical Educator for medical students, residents, and fellows rotating with The Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital to include clinic visits and inpatient consultations
  • CME Lecturer, for multiple medical professionals across all divisions, subspecialties, and clinical teams at UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Invited Lecturer, for medical learners of all levels, physicians, allied health professionals, law enforcement investigators, child welfare services workers, attorneys, and other professionals 

Advocacy

  • Member, San Diego County Child Protection Team – Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Member, San Diego County SART Committee and Forensics Sub – Committee
  • Member, San Diego County Child Fatality Review Team
  • Member, International Society on the Protection of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Member, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Member, Ray E. Helfer Society                        
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Executive Committee, Counsel on Child Abuse and Neglect, American Academy of Pediatrics 

Service

  • Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito
  • Co-Chair, Medical Child Welfare Task Force – Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Member, Human Trafficking Work Group Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Member, Education subcommittee of the Ray Helfer Society
  • Member, NCE planning committee for the Counsel on Child Abuse and Neglect, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, Clinical Task Force UCSD Department of Pediatrics 
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