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Botash recognized for work in area of child abuse pediatrics

Ann Botash, MD, FAAP, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and professor of pediatrics and Upstate Golisano pediatrician who directs Upstate’s Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics and the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation Program, has been awarded a Special Recognition Certificate from the American Academy of Pediatrics in recognition of her work with child abuse issues and educational leadership.

Botash is a respected leader in the field of child abuse pediatrics. She established the Child Abuse Referral & Evaluation Program at Upstate and cofounded the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center. She was a longtime member of the New York state Children’s Justice Task Force.

She has led efforts to share her knowledge and expertise on the issue with other physicians, developing the Child Abuse Medical Provider Program (CHAMP), aimed at improving the examination, treatment, documentation, community referral, and management of suspected child abuse cases.

Botash developed Upstate’s Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program, which trains physicians to diagnose and treat child abuse and neglect. The fellowship is accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The fellowship typically follows a three-year residency in general pediatrics. 

In addition to her work in child abuse, Botash has served in key leadership posts, including as interim chair of pediatrics and senior associate dean for faculty affairs and faculty development. In her post as senior associate dean, she has developed teaching workshops for faculty, supports the Building Excellent Teaching Skills (BEST), and has developed a micro-credential leadership training program for mid-career faculty. She Is past president of the Ray E. Helfer Society, the primary sub-specialty society for physicians devoted to the problem of maltreated children.

Botash has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Upstate Gold Standard Award for faculty excellence and an Upstate President’s and SUNY Chancellor's Teaching Awards. In 2017, she was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor, one of the highest academic honors from SUNY.