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Brief Bio

Dr. Kent P. Hymel completed his fellowship training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado in 1996. He has served as the U.S. Air Force Medical Consultant for Child Abuse, and has directed child abuse programs at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. In 2014, Dr. Hymel joined the Center for the Protection of Children at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine, a past member of the AAP’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, a past President of the Ray E. Helfer Society—the professional society for child abuse physicians, and the Deputy Medical Editor of the Subboard in Child Abuse Pediatrics of the ABP. Dr. Hymel founded and directs the Pediatric Brain Injury Research Network, and is the Principle Investigator of an NIH-funded clinical trial testing the impact of a novel, PICU-based screening tool for pediatric abusive head trauma.


1977, B.S., General Biology, University of Illinois

1980, M.D., Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

1983, General Pediatrics, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center

1996, Child Abuse Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital, Denver


child abuse pediatrics

Research Interests

abusive head trauma, child abuse screening and predictive tools