• Medical School: East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
  • Residency: Greenville Hospital System, Department of Pediatrics, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Fellowship:  Child Abuse and Neglect, The Children's Hospital, Child Advocacy and Protection Team,  University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado

Current Research

  • Perpetrators of abusive fractures
  • Analysis of perpetrator's admissions to inflicted head injury in children
  • Case report on non-abusive scald burns to the lower extremities
  • Analysis of risk of harm to medical professionals working in the field of child maltreatment

Honors and Awards

  • Appointed by the Governor to the State Child Fatalitiy Review Team
  • Char Member of the Helfer Society (Honor Society for Physician Specialist in Child Abuse)
  • Guardian Angel Award, Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Helfer Society (Honor Society for Physician Specialists in Child Abuse)
  • North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Selected Publications

  • Starling SP. Syphilis in infants and young children. Pediatric Annals 23:334-340, 1994
  • Starling SP, JR Holden, C Jenny. Abusive head trauma: the relationship of perpetrators to their victims. Pediatrics 95:260-262, 1995
  • Starling SP, C Jenny. Forensic examination of adolescent female genitalia: the Foley catheter technique. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 151:102-103, 1997
  • Starling SP, RD Krugman. Sexual assault. In:Friedman SB, SK Schonberg, eds. Comprehensive Adolescent Health Care. 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby-Year Book. Inc; 1997
  • Starling SP. Courts and Court Testimony. In Jones JG, ed. A Guide to References and Resources in Child Abuse and Neglect, 2nd edition. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 1998
  • Starling SP, Sirotnak AP, Jenny C. Child abuse and forensic pediatric medicine fellowship curriculum statement. Child Maltreatment, 5:58-62, 2000
  • Starling SP, Holden JR. Perpetrators of abusive head trauma: a comparison of two geographic populations. Southern Medical Journal, 93:463-465, 2000
  • Leventhal JM, Griffin D, Duncan KO, Starling SP, Christian CW, Kutz T. Laxative-induced burns to the buttocks incorrectly suspected to be child abuse. Pediatrics, 107:178-180, 2001
  • Starling SP, Heller RM, Jenny C. Pelvic fractures in infants as a sign of physical abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect,26:475-480, 2002
  • Titus MO, Baxter AL, Starling SP. Accidental scald burns in sinks. Pediatrics,111:E191-194, 2003
  • Starling SP, Boos S. Core Content for Residency Training in Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Maltreatment, 8:242-247, 2003
  • Starling SP, Speller-Brown BJ. Sexual Abuse in the Adolescent. In Giardino ER and Giardino AP, eds. Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment. GW Medical, 2003
  • Starling SP. Head injury in child abuse. In: Giardino ER and Monteleone J, eds. Child Maltreatment. GW Medical, 2003 (publication pending)
  • Starling SP, Patel S, Burke BL, Sirotnak AP, Stronks S, Rosquist P. Analysis of perpetrator admissions to inflicted traumatic brain injury in children, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2004;158:454-458
  • Clayton M, Starling SP. Normal examinations in confessed child sexual abuse: perpetrator exaggeration as a novel explanation. Submitted for publication

Professor of Pediatrics
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Division Director
Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics

Children's Hospital of
The King's Daughters
Child Abuse Program
935 Redgate Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23507
Phone: (757) 668-6100
Fax (757) 668-6109