Cindy W. Christian, M.D. holds Anthony A. Latini Endowed Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania and serves as Associate Dean of Admissions at the Perelman School of Medicine. In addition, she is an Assistant Dean in the Program for Diversity and Inclusion at the medical school, supporting students in their community volunteer activities. Dr.
Christian completed her pediatric residency and child abuse pediatrics fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she has spent her career. She is a faculty director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Christian is a past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, and past chair of the sub-board on Child Abuse and Neglect for the American Board of Pediatrics. From 2010-2015, Dr.
Christian served as the first medical director for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, the largest child welfare agency in Pennsylvania, leading the development of policies and strategies to improve the health of Philadelphia’s dependent children. This year, Dr. Christian was appointed as the Chair of the Philadelphia Child Welfare Oversight Board, to oversee ongoing reforms of the Philadelphia child welfare agency. Dr. Christian’s career has been devoted to improving the recognition, evaluation and care of abused and neglected children through inter-professional collaboration. Despite the challenges of her work, she remains a positive, fun-loving woman who enjoys cooking, needlepointing (at long meetings and while watching Eagles football), low key exercise and R&R with friends and family.