Andy Sirotnak, MD
Professor, Pediatrics-Child Abuse and Neglect/Kempe

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Medical School:
  • MD, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (1989)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Scranton (PA) (1985)
Residencies:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Pediatrics (1993)
  • Jefferson Medical College/duPont Hospital for Children Program, Pediatrics (1991)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Child Abuse Pediatrics (1994)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Child Abuse and Neglect/Kempe

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Pediatrics-Child Abuse and Neglect/Kempe
  • Director, Child Protection Team

Recognition & Awards

  • Top Doctor in Denver, 5280 Magazine, (2017)
    Voted a 5280 best doctor by my peers- every year from 2009-2017 - in response to the question, "Which physician would you trust to treat you and your family?"
  • Award For Outstanding Service In Educational Excellence, American Academy of Pediatrics, (2016)
    Awarded by leadership at the Annual Leadership Forum to SOCAN Executive Committee and Chair
  • Kempe Professional Award, Kempe Foundation, (2012)
  • President of Medical Staff, Children's Hospital Colorado, (2010)
    President Medical Staff, Children's Hospital Colorado for 2010-2012
  • Champions In Healthcare, Denver Business Journal, (2007)
  • Professional Contribution Award , Platte Valley Children's Alliance , (2006)
    Platte Valley Children's Alliance
  • University Service, Department of Pediatrics, (2006)
    Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Residency Recruitment and Selection Committee

Research Interests

My scholarly work is focused on the effective treatment of child abuse trauma, the education of professionals to help them identify and prevent abuse in clinical practice, and on advocacy for all effected by the issues of child maltreatment.

Teaching

  • Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program (1996)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics
    Pediatric Medicine and Child Abuse Pediatrics
  • Vice Chair,Faculty Affairs (2014)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics
    Mentoring, faculty professional development

Publications

  • Mehra M, Chiesa AE, Sirotnak AP. Two cases of sublingual hematoma as a manifestation of child abuse. Ear Nose Throat J. 2015 Dec;94(12):494-6. PubMed PMID: 26670756
  • Hymel KP, Herman BE, Narang SK, Graf JM, Frazier TN, Stoiko M, Christie LM, Harper NS, Carroll CL, Boos SC, Dias M, Pullin DA, Wang M. Potential Impact of a Validated Screening Tool for Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma. J Pediatr. 2015 Dec;167(6):1375-1381.e1. PubMed PMID: 26477871
  • Acker SN, Roach JP, Partrick DA, Karrer FM, Bensard DD, Sirotnak AP. Beyond morbidity and mortality: the social and legal outcomes of non-accidental trauma. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Apr;50(4):604-7. PubMed PMID: 25840071
  • Roach JP, Acker SN, Bensard DD, Sirotnak AP, Karrer FM, Partrick DA. Head injury pattern in children can help differentiate accidental from non-accidental trauma. Pediatr Surg Int. 2014 Nov;30(11):1103-6. PubMed PMID: 25252922
  • Hymel KP, Armijo-Garcia V, Foster R, Frazier TN, Stoiko M, Christie LM, Harper NS, Weeks K, Carroll CL, Hyden P, Sirotnak A, Truemper E, Ornstein AE, Wang M, Pediatric Brain Injury Research Network (PediBIRN) Investigators. Validation of a clinical prediction rule for pediatric abusive head trauma. Pediatrics. 2014 Dec;134(6):e1537-44. PubMed PMID: 25404722

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Chair, Executive Committee, Section on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association (APA), Member
  • International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), Member
  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), Member, Child Abuse Pediatrics Subboard
  • American Pediatric Society, Elected Member, 2014

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Denver Health Medical Center
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Child Abuse Pediatrics, Board Certification (2009)
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (1992)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Child and Teen Health
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
Clinical Interests
Our clinic is a regional trusted resource for families who have concerns about abuse or neglect.

Care Philosophy
Family and child evaluation for suspected maltreatment must always include family support and education about the behavioral and emotional impacts of child maltreatment. My pediatric based approach is always family centered care delivered with sensitivity and empathy.

Personal Interests
I enjoy gardening, the arts in all forms, and winter outdoor activities.

Volunteer Activities
I am dedicated to volunteer work in my hospital and with its community partners as part of my role as pediatric faculty. I am active in raising awareness about the issue of child abuse and fundraising for arts organizations that support access for children to the arts in our community.

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (1989)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Scranton (PA) (1985)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Pediatrics (1993)
  • Jefferson Medical College/duPont Hospital for Children Program, Pediatrics (1991)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Child Abuse Pediatrics (1994)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Child Abuse and Neglect/Kempe
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