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Andrew Sirotnak

Director, Child Protection Team

Andrew Sirotnak, MD, FAAP directs The Child Protection Team at Children's Hospital Colorado and The Kempe Center. He is a  graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (1989) and the JMC - Medical Center of Delaware,  A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children Pediatrics Residency (1991). After meeting his future career mentor Richard  D. Krugman, MD he  came to Colorado as a Chief Resident in Pediatrics (1993) and completed a fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics (1994). He maintains Board Certification in Pediatrics  (1992) and  Child Abuse Pediatrics(2009). Active in clinical teaching and pediatrics education of students and residents, he also directs the University of Colorado , Kempe Center Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program.  He is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics Subboard and co-leads its credentialing committee and is an executive member of the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN). His  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. 

His care philosophy is molded by his mentor in history, Dr. C. Henry Kempe, who started one of the country’s first child protection teams in 1958 at University Hospital and also founded the Kempe Center.  He leads the team with the family centered care  philosophy of starting with empathy, compassion, and non-judgment as they  evaluate a child and or family's concerns about child abuse. 

His University community honors include: the Department of Pediatrics, Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Residency Recruitment and Selection Committee; Denver Business Journal, Champions In Healthcare Award; Kempe Foundation, Kempe Professional Award;  serving as President of the Medical Staff, Children's Hospital Colorado 2010-2012; and a 5280 Magazine, Top Doctor recognition each year since 2009.  Dedicated to volunteer work in both the hospital and the community,  he is active in raising awareness about the issue of child abuse and in fundraising for arts organizations that support access for children to the arts in our community.

                                      Dr. Sirotnak's CU School of Medicine Profile