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Kirsten Bechtel, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and of Emergency Medicine

Years active at Yale: 1999-present

Dr. Bechtel is being recognized for her dedication to the well-being of children and adolescents. She is medical director of the Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program; chairperson of the Yale Traffic Safety Subcommittee; co-chairperson of the state of Connecticut Child Fatality Review Panel; and co-principal investigator of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School; completed her pediatric residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and completed her fellowship training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She has been on the faculty at Yale School of Medicine since 1999.

Dr. Bechtel’s academic career has focused on the social welfare and medical well-being of children and injury prevention. Her clinical research has focused on the evaluation of children with head trauma; the prevention of abusive head trauma; recognition of child abuse and neglect by emergency medical service providers; the evaluation of children and adolescents after sexual assault; the evaluation of children and adolescents who are involved in domestic minor sex trafficking; the prevention of traffic injury; and the prevention of post-traumatic stress symptoms in children with traumatic injury.

She was honored by Yale University and the City of New Haven with the Seton Elm Ivy Award in 2015 for her work to prevent traffic injury.