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Washoe County has the only two doctors in Nevada with specialized child abuse certification.

Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Richard Gammick

(775) 328-3220

Reno, Nevada. Jan 29, 2014. Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick announced Dr. Catherine Wagoner has passed the American Board of Pediatrics Child Abuse and Neglect board certification exam. The Child Abuse and Response and EvaluationS Team (CARES) program has two pediatricians, Dr. Wagoner and Dr. Kristi MacLeod, who  are the only two doctors in Nevada with this specialized certification. 

Dr. Wagoner has served the community in many ways including:

  • Subspecialty consultation in child abuse/neglect
  • Washoe County District Attorney CARES program
  • Washoe County Social Services Medical Unit/Medical Director
  • Department of Child and Family Services, State of Nevada

 Dr. Wagoner has received many awards including:

  • Christine Nagy-Johnson Award,  September, 2010                          
  • Child Abuse and Neglect-Prevent Task Force Zeal Award, Alliance for Victim’s Rights,  April 2013

Dr. MacLeod, Director of the CARES Program, passed her exam in 2011.  She finished a fellowship in Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of California Davis Medical Center in 2006, and has worked as a child abuse consultant for the Children's Justice Act Task Force and for the rural areas with the Division of Child and Family Services. Dr. Wagoner and Dr. MacLeod are both board certified practicing General Pediatricians. The American Board of Pediatrics first recognized Child Abuse and Neglect as a separate board certified subspecialty in 2009.

Washoe County’s CARES and SART Medical Coordinator, Debra Robison, is Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Pediatric (SANE-P) certified, which is also a specialized certification examination for adult/adolescent and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiners. The certification validates the status and experience of sexual assault nurses who often testify as expert witnesses in court trials.

“We are proud to have specialized professionals working on behalf of the children in our community,” said Gammick.