Desmond Runyan, MD, MPH
Visiting Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School (1976)
Graduate School :
  • DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Macalester College (MN) (1972)
Residency:
  • University of Minnesota/University of Minnesota Medical Center (Fairview) Program, Pediatrics (1979)
Fellowships:
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals Program, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars (1981)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Pediatrics

Professional Titles

  • The Kempe Center Executive Director

Publications

  • Jensen KM, Campagna EJ, Juarez-Colunga E, Prochazka AV, Runyan DK. Low Rates of Preventive Healthcare Service Utilization Among Adolescents and Adults With Down Syndrome. Am J Prev Med. 2020 Nov 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33191063
  • Lindberg DM, Stence NV, Grubenhoff JA, Lewis T, Mirsky DM, Miller AL, O'Neill BR, Grice K, Mourani PM, Runyan DK. Feasibility and Accuracy of Fast MRI Versus CT for Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Children. Pediatrics. 2019 Oct;144(4). PubMed PMID: 31533974
  • Lindberg DM, Stence NV, Grubenhoff JA, Lewis T, Mirsky DM, Miller AL, O'Neill BR, Grice K, Mourani PM, Runyan DK. Feasibility and Accuracy of Fast MRI Versus CT for Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Children. Pediatrics. 2019 Oct;144(4). PubMed PMID: 31533974
  • Runyan DK. Invited Commentary: Gaze Aversion and Unnoticed Phenomena. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Jun 1;187(6):1189-1191. PubMed PMID: 29617924
  • Bennett TD, DeWitt PE, Greene TH, Srivastava R, Riva-Cambrin J, Nance ML, Bratton SL, Runyan DK, Dean JM, Keenan HT. Functional Outcome After Intracranial Pressure Monitoring for Children With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Oct 1;171(10):965-971. PubMed PMID: 28846763
  • Bennett TD, DeWitt PE, Dixon RR, Kartchner C, Sierra Y, Ladell D, Srivastava R, Riva-Cambrin J, Kempe A, Runyan DK, Keenan HT, Dean JM. Development and Prospective Validation of Tools to Accurately Identify Neurosurgical and Critical Care Events in Children With Traumatic Brain Injury. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017 May;18(5):442-451. PubMed PMID: 28252524
  • Lindberg DM, Wood JN, Campbell KA, Scribano PV, Laskey A, Leventhal JM, Pierce MC, Runyan DK. Research priorities for a multi-center child abuse pediatrics network - CAPNET. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 Mar;65:152-157. PubMed PMID: 28161656
  • Bennett TD, DeWitt PE, Greene TH, Srivastava R, Riva-Cambrin J, Nance ML, Bratton SL, Runyan DK, Dean JM, Keenan HT. Functional Outcome After Intracranial Pressure Monitoring for Children With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Oct 1;171(10):965-971. PubMed PMID: 28846763
  • Bennett TD, DeWitt PE, Dixon RR, Kartchner C, Sierra Y, Ladell D, Srivastava R, Riva-Cambrin J, Kempe A, Runyan DK, Keenan HT, Dean JM. Development and Prospective Validation of Tools to Accurately Identify Neurosurgical and Critical Care Events in Children With Traumatic Brain Injury. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017 May;18(5):442-451. PubMed PMID: 28252524
  • Lindberg DM, Wood JN, Campbell KA, Scribano PV, Laskey A, Leventhal JM, Pierce MC, Runyan DK. Research priorities for a multi-center child abuse pediatrics network - CAPNET. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 Mar;65:152-157. PubMed PMID: 28161656
  • Bennett TD, Dixon RR, Kartchner C, DeWitt PE, Sierra Y, Ladell D, Kempe A, Runyan DK, Dean JM, Keenan HT. Functional Status Scale in Children With Traumatic Brain Injury: A Prospective Cohort Study. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016 Oct 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27753754
  • Lindberg DM, Runyan DK. Improving Clinical Judgment in Abuse Case Finding. Pediatrics. 2016 Jul;138(1). PubMed PMID: 27338700
  • Block SD, Poplin AB, Wang ES, Widaman KF, Runyan DK. Variation in Acceptable Child Discipline Practices by Child Age: Perceptions of Community Norms by Medical and Legal Professionals. Behav Sci Law. 2016 Jan;34(1):95-112. PubMed PMID: 27117603
  • Lewis T, McElroy E, Harlaar N, Runyan D. Does the impact of child sexual abuse differ from maltreated but non-sexually abused children? A prospective examination of the impact of child sexual abuse on internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. Child Abuse Negl. 2016 Jan;51:31-40. PubMed PMID: 26712421
  • Bennett TD, Dixon RR, Kartchner C, DeWitt PE, Sierra Y, Ladell D, Kempe A, Runyan DK, Dean JM, Keenan HT. Functional Status Scale in Children With Traumatic Brain Injury: A Prospective Cohort Study. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016 Dec;17(12):1147-1156. PubMed PMID: 27753754
  • Lindberg DM, Runyan DK. Improving Clinical Judgment in Abuse Case Finding. Pediatrics. 2016 Jul;138(1). PubMed PMID: 27338700
  • Block SD, Poplin AB, Wang ES, Widaman KF, Runyan DK. Variation in Acceptable Child Discipline Practices by Child Age: Perceptions of Community Norms by Medical and Legal Professionals. Behav Sci Law. 2016 Jan;34(1):95-112. PubMed PMID: 27117603
  • Lewis T, McElroy E, Harlaar N, Runyan D. Does the impact of child sexual abuse differ from maltreated but non-sexually abused children? A prospective examination of the impact of child sexual abuse on internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. Child Abuse Negl. 2016 Jan;51:31-40. PubMed PMID: 26712421
  • Lindberg DM, Beaty B, Juarez-Colunga E, Wood JN, Runyan DK. Testing for Abuse in Children With Sentinel Injuries. Pediatrics. 2015 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26438705
  • Thompson R, Flaherty EG, English DJ, Litrownik AJ, Dubowitz H, Kotch JB, Runyan DK. Trajectories of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Self-Reported Health at Age 18. Acad Pediatr. 2015 Sep-Oct;15(5):503-9. PubMed PMID: 25441654
  • Al-Eissa MA, AlBuhairan FS, Qayad M, Saleheen H, Runyan D, Almuneef M. Determining child maltreatment incidence in Saudi Arabia using the ICAST-CH: a pilot study. Child Abuse Negl. 2015 Apr;42:174-82. PubMed PMID: 25220480
  • Zolotor AJ, Runyan DK, Shanahan M, Durrance CP, Nocera M, Sullivan K, Klevens J, Murphy R, Barr M, Barr RG. Effectiveness of a Statewide Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Program in North Carolina. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Oct 26;:1-6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26501945
  • Zolotor AJ, Runyan DK, Shanahan M, Durrance CP, Nocera M, Sullivan K, Klevens J, Murphy R, Barr M, Barr RG. Effectiveness of a Statewide Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Program in North Carolina. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Dec;169(12):1126-31. PubMed PMID: 26501945
  • Thompson R, Flaherty EG, English DJ, Litrownik AJ, Dubowitz H, Kotch JB, Runyan DK. Trajectories of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Self-Reported Health at Age 18. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Oct 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25441654
  • Al-Eissa MA, AlBuhairan FS, Qayad M, Saleheen H, Runyan D, Almuneef M. Determining child maltreatment incidence in Saudi Arabia using the ICAST-CH: A pilot study. Child Abuse Negl. 2014 Sep 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25220480
  • Runyan DK, Pellegrini CA. The surgical specialties and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Surgery. 2014 May;155(5):732-3. PubMed PMID: 24787098
  • Runyan DK, Krugman RD. Attitudes about domestic violence and the use of harsh discipline. J Pediatr. 2014 May;164(5):961-2. PubMed PMID: 24560180
  • Runyan DK, Pellegrini CA. The surgical specialties and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Surgery. 2014 May;155(5):732-3. PubMed PMID: 24787098
  • Runyan DK, Krugman RD. Attitudes about domestic violence and the use of harsh discipline. J Pediatr. 2014 May;164(5):961-2. PubMed PMID: 24560180
  • Lewis T, Thompson R, Kotch JB, Proctor LJ, Litrownik AJ, English DJ, Runyan DK, Wiley TR, Dubowitz H. Correlates of parent-youth discordance about youth-witnessed violence: a brief report. Violence Vict. 2013;28(5):865-74. PubMed PMID: 24364128
  • Shanahan ME, Zolotor AJ, Parrish JW, Barr RG, Runyan DK. National, Regional, and State Abusive Head Trauma: Application of the CDC Algorithm. Pediatrics. 2013 Dec;132(6):e1546-53. PubMed PMID: 24276842
  • Block SD, Foster EM, Pierce MW, Berkoff MC, Runyan DK. Multiple Forensic Interviews During Investigations of Child Sexual Abuse: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Appl Dev Sci. 2013;17(4). PubMed PMID: 24244100
  • Gumbs GR, Keenan HT, Sevick CJ, Conlin AM, Lloyd DW, Runyan DK, Ryan MA, Smith TC. Infant abusive head trauma in a military cohort. Pediatrics. 2013 Oct;132(4):668-76. PubMed PMID: 23999963
  • Flaherty EG, Thompson R, Dubowitz H, Harvey EM, English DJ, Proctor LJ, Runyan DK. Adverse childhood experiences and child health in early adolescence. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Jul;167(7):622-9. PubMed PMID: 23645114
  • Kleinman LC, Runyan DK. Moving the discourse on quality in pediatrics: recent contributions of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation clinical scholars. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar;131 Suppl 1:S1-4. PubMed PMID: 23457144
  • Jones DJ, Lewis T, Litrownik A, Thompson R, Proctor LJ, Isbell P, Dubowitz H, English D, Jones B, Nagin D, Runyan D. Linking childhood sexual abuse and early adolescent risk behavior: the intervening role of internalizing and externalizing problems. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2013 Jan;41(1):139-50. PubMed PMID: 22752719
  • Lewis T, Thompson R, Kotch JB, Proctor LJ, Litrownik AJ, English DJ, Runyan DK, Wiley TR, Dubowitz H. Parent-youth discordance about youth-witnessed violence: associations with trauma symptoms and service use in an at-risk sample. Child Abuse Negl. 2012 Nov-Dec;36(11-12):790-7. PubMed PMID: 23153569
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Professional Memberships

  • American Pediatric Society (APS), Member
  • Society For Pediatric Research (SPR), Member
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics Association, Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Fellow

Practice Locations

Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect -Specialty Clinic
13123 E 16th Ave
B390
Aurora, CO 80045
303-864-5300

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (1981, 1991)
  • Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, Board Certification (1991)
  • Child Abuse Pediatrics, Board Certification (2013, 2013)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Child and Teen Health - Children's Health
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Injuries and Wounds - Wounds
  • Primary Care
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Child and Teen Health
  • Injuries and Wounds
Clinical Interests
Helping children recover not only from physical abuse but from what that abuse does to their mental health.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School (1976)
Graduate Schools:
  • DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Macalester College (MN) (1972)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Minnesota/University of Minnesota Medical Center (Fairview) Program, Pediatrics (1979)
Fellowships:
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals Program, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars (1981)
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Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Pediatrics
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Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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