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Kirsten Bechtel, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and of Emergency Medicine



Medical Director, Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program

Chairperson, Yale Traffic Safety Subcommittee

Co-Chairperson, State of Connecticut Child Fatality Review Panel

Principal Investigator, Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (1996)
  • Resident
    St. Christopher's Hospital for Children (1994)
  • MD
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1991)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
David Leffell Prize for Clinical ExcellenceYale Medicine2021
Ather Ali Award for Humanism in MedicineDepartment of Pediatrics Yale School of Medicine2020
Eton Ivy AwardYale University-Office of New Haven Affairs and City of New Haven2015
Partners AwardChildren In Placement New Haven CT2010
Invitation by the Surgeon General Multidisciplinary Workshop Child Maltreatment Prevention Bethesda MD2005
Child Advocacy Award Children In Placement New Haven CT2004
Public Service AwardSecretary of the State of Connecticut2003

Professional Service

American Academy of Pediatrics Grand RoundsEditorial Board2020 - Present
American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Child Death Review and PreventionExecutive Committee Member2019 - Present

Departments & Organizations