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Three Kempe Docs Named to 5280's Top Docs List

The October issue of 5280 Magazine named three of The Kempe Center’s doctors to its 2010 Top Docs.  Dr. Antonia Chiesa, Dr. Andrew Sirotnak, and Dr. Kathryn Wells appear in the Child Abuse Pediatrics specialty section.

The three doctors are members of The Kempe Child Protection Team, which is the only hospital-based multidisciplinary child abuse program in Colorado.  For over 50 years, the Child Protection Team has helped treat and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Kempe Child Protection Team mission is to offer  comprehensive, multidisciplinary consultation, assessment, treatment, and referral services for children and adolescents who may have been physically or sexually abused or neglected.

Dr. Sirotnak makes his second appearance in the Top Docs issue.  Dr. Sirotnak, MD, FAAP is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Kempe Child Protection Team, Interim Director of The Kempe Center, and president of The Children’s Hospital Medical Staff.

Dr. Chiesa serves as a Senior Instructor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Science Center and attending physician of the Kempe Child Protection Team.  She is medical consultant to Fussy Baby Network at The Kempe Center and The Children’s Hospital Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Program.

Dr. Wells is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Denver Family Crisis Center at Denver Health Medical Center, and is attending physician with The Kempe Child Protection Team.  Dr. Wells is also on the Executive Committee of Colorado’s Drug Endangered Children Program.

Dr. Chiesa and Dr. Wells are graduates of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program at the University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics and The Kempe Center.  The Fellowship is directed by Dr. Sirotnak.

Dr. Edward Goldson also appeared in the Top Docs list for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Goldson conducts education and training seminars with The Kempe Center.

The selection process for Top Docs is one in which fellow physicians may vote on which doctors they trust the most in the specialty areas.  More than 8,500 doctors in the seven county metro area select the final list of Top Docs, which this year includes 283 physicians.

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