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October 2009

Anne Botash

Dr. Ann Botash joined the Department of Pediatrics 18 years ago after completing her medical training at Upstate. As Professor of Pediatrics, she balances her time between teaching pediatric residents, seeing patients at the University Pediatric Adolescent Center at UHCC, and providing inpatient consultations as a Child Abuse Specialist. Since 2005, she has served as Vice Chair for Educational Affairs. When asked what she likes most about her position, Dr. Botash replied, “I’ve always felt at home here at Upstate. I completed my M.D., Residency, and met my husband here. We have great faculty members, who are very supportive, a patient population from whom I am always learning, and friendly staff and students who are constantly progressing to the next level. I’m very excited about the Golisano Children’s Hospital and believe it will provide for a better patient experience.”

Early in her residency when Ann encountered babies who had been harmed, she made a commitment to understand the causes and effects of child abuse. Her curiosity sparked a career in advancing medical response and treatment. Since 1991, she has been the Director of the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation (CARE) Program offering medical exams and forensic evidence collection to help evaluate, identify and manage cases of suspected abuse. Dr. Botash is Medical Director and one of the founders of the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy site, a welcoming place where children who have been abused and their non-offending family can go for investigative, medical and therapeutic support services. She also spends many hours preparing for court testimony as a well-known child abuse specialist.

In 1997, she founded, and continues to direct, the Child Abuse Medical Provider (CHAMP) Program, to help improve the New York State medical response to child abuse through education, training, and leadership. Web-based coursework is offered free of charge. Over one million people have visited the site of her web-based book, Child Abuse Evaluation and Treatment for Medical Providers, since its July 2008 launch.

During her free time, Dr. Botash enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and 19 year old twins, walking her dog, shopping and reading mystery novels while relaxing at home. When asked what she would like people to know about her, she replied, “My success is greatly due to the support I receive from my colleagues, husband, family and friends. I am passionate about what I do and being provided with the opportunity to help a child in very difficult circumstances is the ultimate reward.”

Dr. Botash, our thanks go out to you for your commitment and dedication to Upstate Medical University and for all your efforts to help children who are victims of abuse. Your expertise in this field is essential.

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