Gabriel Otterman, Co-course director at InterCAP, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Consultant Paediatrician
Uppsala, Sweden

Gabriel Otterman, co-course director at InterCAP, is a Senior Consultant Paediatrician and Medical Director of the Child Protection Team at Uppsala University Children’s Hospital in Uppsala, Sweden. He also serves as Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Barnafrid National Centre on Violence Against Children at the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences at Link√∂ping University. Dr. Otterman is founding co-chair of the Section on Child Maltreatment of the Swedish Paediatric Society. His research and clinical interests currently focus on an innovative trauma-informed medical home model for children and adolescents in out-of-home care. Dr. Otterman currently serves as Vice Chair of the EU COST Action project, Multi-sectoral responses to child abuse and neglect in Europe (Euro-CAN). The project aims to better understand the incidence and trends of child abuse and neglect and improve data collection by building a collaborative research and advocacy network with representatives from 35 countries across the European Region. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).


Kathi Makoroff, Co-course director at InterCAP, MD, MEd
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Dr. Kathi Makoroff is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has been a full time child abuse faculty member at the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children's Hospital since 1997; she is currently the Medical Director and Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Director at the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children.  Dr. Makoroff earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After completing a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Makoroff received training in child abuse including a research fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Makoroff received her Masters in Education from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. She has held numerous local, regional and national leadership positions in the areas of education and child abuse pediatrics.


Cindy W. Christian, M.D.
Philadelphia, PA, USA


Dr. Christian holds the Anthony A. Latini Chair in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is the Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Christian has held multiple national leadership positions in the field of child abuse pediatrics and has spent her career providing medical care, legislative and governmental advocacy, and interprofessional education to help protect abused and neglected children.

Norrell Atkinson, M.D.
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Dr. Norrell Atkinson is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine, and Director of the Child Protection Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Atkinson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine.  After completing her residency in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., she then went on to complete her pediatric subspecialty training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughter’s in Norfolk, Virginia.   Dr. Atkinson is board certified in both Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.  She additionally serves as the Educational Programming Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (COCAN) and oversees the planning of COCAN’s educational programs for the AAP’s annual National Conference & Exhibition (NCE).  In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Atkinson also enjoys teaching and educating both physicians, trainees, and child welfare workers on the recognition and evaluation of child abuse.

Brooks Keeshin, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Brooks Keeshin, M.D., is an Associate Professor and clinician researcher in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and works clinically at the Center for Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Keeshin is a child abuse pediatrician and child psychiatrist.

His research interests include the identification of acute and long-term outcomes associated with exposure to child maltreatment and other forms of childhood trauma. He has focused on developing, evaluating and disseminating methods to identify and intervene early among children at risk of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other post-trauma reactions including suicide. His work has been funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Utah Department of Health, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Doris Duke Foundation. He provides trauma focused psychiatric services for children and families with a history of abuse or trauma and regularly teaches on childhood trauma and the clinical response for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy on Violence and Abuse and is a the liaison from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dr Patrick Kelly, MBChB, FRACP, MD, ONZM
Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Patrick Kelly MBChB, FRACP, MD, ONZM is a paediatrician and Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand. For 25 years he was Service Clinical Director of the Starship Children’s Hospital child protection team (Te Puaruruhau), based in Puawaitahi, Australasia’s first multi-agency child advocacy centre. Dr Kelly has been involved in multi-disciplinary child protection, service development, teaching and research (particularly, research in child sexual abuse, paediatric abusive head trauma and the New Zealand National Child Protection Alert system) since 1991. He established and continues to advocate for the New Zealand National Shaken Baby Prevention Programme (“Power to Protect”). Dr Kelly has for many years run annual training courses for paediatricians and others throughout Australasia on the management of suspected child abuse and has appeared as an expert witness in many criminal trials. Dr Kelly is co-author of the NZ Ministry of Health Family Violence Intervention Guidelines, was chair of the Child Protection Special Interest Group of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand for 12 years, the first Clinical Lead of the New Zealand Managed Clinical Network in Child Protection and a founding member of the New Zealand National Child Mortality Review Committee and the New Zealand Family Violence Death Review Committee.
Dr. Bernadette J. Madrid, FPPS
Manila, Philippines
Dr. Bernadette J. Madrid is the Head of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the University of the Philippines Manila - Philippine General Hospital where she is concurrently Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. PGH CPU has been cited as best practice by the UN Secretary General’s Report on Children and Violence (2006).  She is the Executive Director of the Child Protection Network Foundation, Inc., an NGO that supports the training of Child Protection Professionals and the development of hospital-based Women and Child Protection Units (WCPUs) in the Philippines.  At present there are 114 WCPUs in 58 provinces and 10 independent cities across the country.   She is a member of a number of government committees on health, social welfare, law enforcement and the judiciary & is consistently invited to be a resource person for congressional & senate hearings on laws affecting women and children.   Dr. Madrid has published many papers on child abuse & neglect which has led to changes in policy and practice in the Philippines. She co-chaired the WHO Clinical Guidelines Committee on the Health Response to Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents and the Health Response to Child Maltreatment.    She is a reviewer for several international journals:   Child Abuse & Neglect, Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Trauma, Violence and Abuse.  She was elected to the board of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (2004-2010) and a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance (2013-2019).  She has engineered changes in the medical, legal and social welfare paradigm on women and child protection in the Philippines that has led to her being the recipient of several national and international awards including The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service 2001 (Philippines), Most Distinguished Alumni for Health of the University of the Philippines (2008 and 2013), Outstanding Service Award on Child Protective Services 2012 (Awarded in Alabama, USA),  the Most Influential Filipina Woman Award:  Pioneer and Founder category ( Awarded in Paris, Oct. 2019) and most recently, the Outstanding Pediatrician for 2021 by the Philippine Pediatric Society.

Dr med. Oliver Berthold
Berlin, Germany

Oliver Berthold is a General Pediatrician and certified as a child abuse physician by the German Medical Society on Child Abuse and Neglect (DGKiM). He graduated from Charité Medical School, Berlin, Germany in 2007 after study visits in Jerusalem, Israel and Brno, Czech Republic. He serves as medical director of the Child Abuse Clinic at DRK Kliniken Berlin | Westend, Berlin, Germany. In 2017, DRK Kliniken Berlin joined a cooperation with Ulm University Medical Center and Freiburg University Medical Center to establish a nationwide child abuse helpline for medical professionals.
Mr Berthold serves as a team leader from the outset of the program. Mr Berthold is engaged both in teaching medical students and medical professionals on a regional and national level. His particular scientific interest is the development of a program for the prevention of abusive head trauma, which is the topic of his thesis at Ulm University.
Norell Rosado, MD, FAAP
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dr. Rosado is an American Board of Pediatrics board-certified child abuse pediatrician with over 20 years of experience as a consultant in the area of child maltreatment and over 10 years of experience in the documentation of ill-treatment to children in asylum and refugee cases.

Dr. Rosado graduated from Universidad La Salle School of Medicine in Mexico City, Mexico. In 2000, he completed a residency in Pediatrics at Sinai Children’s Hospital in Chicago and served as its Chief Resident.

In 2000, Dr. Rosado joined the Child Protective Services Team at Sinai Children’s Hospital and served as its Medical Director from 2002 to 2005. In 2004, he joined the Division of Child Protective Services at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he started doing medical evaluations for children seeking asylum in the United States. In 2013, Dr. Rosado started working with the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where he serves as its Division Head since 2020.

At Lurie Children’s Hospital, Dr. Rosado co-founded the Forensic Assessment for Immigration Relief (FAIR) Clinic, a staff-run clinic dedicated to providing forensic medical and psychological evaluations to child and adolescent survivors seeking asylum in the United States.

Dr. Rosado serves as a member in the Midwest Human Rights Coalition’s (MHRC) Steering Committee of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as a Member-At-Large of the Executive Committee of The Ray E. Helfer Society from 2020 to 2023.
Alison Steele, Dr
New Castle, United Kingdom
Dr Alison Steele is a Consultant Paediatrician and has just completed a five year term as the Officer for Child Protection for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). She chaired the working party which wrote the 2021 RCPCH Guidance on Perplexing Presentations, Fabricated and Induced Illness in Children. Most of her professional life has been spent in the North East of England.  She was Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children and Looked After Children for Newcastle upon Tyne and Vice Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board. During her career she has undertaken the full range of clinical child protection work as a paediatrician and forensic medical examiner. More recently she was Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children and Young People at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London where she was involved in managing perplexing presentations/fabricated and induced illness and formalised a service for supporting clinicians to do this effectively.