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Michelle Ward
Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Director, Child and Youth Protection Clinics, CHEO
Consultant Pediatrician, Child and Youth Protection Program, CHEO
Consultant Pediatrician, Division of Pediatric Medicine
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
613-737-7600 Ext. 2677
Research Practice Areas:
Current Research:
Dr. Ward’s current research and academic work includes educational and clinical research in the area of child maltreatment pediatrics. Her specific areas of focus are: Clinical and health services research on the needs of children involved with the child welfare system, Clinical research and guideline development for the assessment and interpretation of bruising in the context of possible child maltreatment, Clinical research and guideline development for the assessment and interpretation of head injuries in the context of possible child maltreatment, Clinical and system research on opinion formulation, documentation and communication in cases of possible child maltreatment and Educational research and development for health professionals in child maltreatment pediatrics.
Research Team:
  • Melanie Archambault
  • W James King
  • Louise Murray
  • Anne Niec
  • Amy Ornstein
  • Kristina Rohde
Dr. Michelle Ward completed her medical training at McMaster University in 1999 and her pediatrics residency at the University of Ottawa in 2003. She is a consultant pediatrician and Director of Clinics with the Child and Youth Protection Program at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She is certified in Pediatrics in Canada and the U.S. and in Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Ward consults and provides expert opinion on cases of suspected maltreatment for clinical and medico-legal purposes. She conducts research and writes on relevant topics including head injuries, bruises, training of professionals, opinion formulation and care of foster children. She presents on child consults on policy externally; and is an executive member of the Canadian Paediatric Society's Child and Youth Maltreatment Section. Dr. Ward's areas of focus include child and youth maltreatment, vulnerable populations, and parenting issues. 
Sample Publications:
Ward MGK, King WJ, Bennett S. From Bruises to Brain Injury: The Physician’s role in the assessment of inflicted traumatic head injury, Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program Highlights, Paediatrics and Child Health, Paediatr Child Health 2013; 18(8):423-4.

Ward MGK, Ornstein A, Niec A, Murray L. The Medical Assessment of Bruising in Suspected Child Maltreatment Cases: A Clinical Perspective, Canadian Paediatric Society Child and Youth Maltreatment Section, Paediatr Child Health 2013; 18(8):433-7.
Shouldice, M., Ward, M. (co-principal authors), Cory, E., Murray, L., Karwowska, A., Fraser-Roberts, L., Tjahjadi, A., Moreau, K., Bennett, S. (corresponding author). Environmental Scan and Literature Review to Inform Potential Revisions to the National Strategy on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Commissioned report for Public Health Agency of Canada and Child Welfare League of Canada 2012.

Ornstein A., Ward M. An Overview of Abusive Head Trauma Prevention and Parent Education Programs. World Perspectives on Child Abuse, 10th edition, Ed H. Dubowitz. International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (107-112) 2012.

Piteau SJ, Ward MGK, Barrowman NJ, Plint AC. Clinical and Radiographic Characteristics Associated With Abusive Versus Nonabusive Head Trauma: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics 2012; 130(2): 315-323.

Bennett S, Ward M, Moreau K, Fortin G, King J, MacKay M, Plint A. Head Injury Secondary to Suspected Child Maltreatment: Results of
a Prospective Canadian National Surveillance Program. Child Abuse Negl. 2011 Nov; 35(11): 930-936. 
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