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Emalee Flaherty

Emalee G Flaherty MD, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois; Head, Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Emalee G. Flaherty, MD, is the Head of the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. Flaherty received her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago.  She joined the faculty of Lurie Children's Hospital, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, in 1996.

Dr. Flaherty is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, and the Ray E. Helfer Society.   She is serving her second term on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse, where she has authored several policy statements and clinical reports.  She will Chair the Committee beginning July, 2014.  Previously, she served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Section on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She was elected Member-at-Large of the Ray E. Helfer Society in 2013 and serves on the Executive Committee. She was named Outstanding Professional, 2009 by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles about child maltreatment and has lectured locally and nationally about the prevention and evaluation of child maltreatment.  Improving identification and secondary prevention of child abuse is her major area of research interest.  Other research interests include examining the impact of childhood adversities and child maltreatment on child health and evaluating the personal consequences and challenges experienced by child abuse physicians because of their work with child maltreatment.