15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Katherine J. Melhorn, M.D.
University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita
Dr. Katherine J. Melhorn contributes significantly to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Kansas. A pediatrician, a Clinical Associate Professor, and a Residency Program Director at the School of Medicine of the University of Kansas, she is held in high regard by her peers, child protective service social workers, the courts, and law enforcement, as well as beloved and respected by many children and families.
For over 20 years, Dr. Melhorn has worked in pediatrics and as an advocate to prevent child abuse and neglect. She helped to establish the State Child Death Review Board in Kansas, formed by the 1992 Legislature, and has served on this voluntary Board since its inception and currently as Vice Chair. Dr. Melhorn volunteers her time to review hundreds of child death cases, as well as to participate in meetings. This Board also serves as a Citizen Review Panel and, Dr. Melhorn shares responsibility for gathering input on the improvement of Child Protective Services in Kansas.
Active in the Wichita community as well as statewide in the education of professionals regarding child abuse and neglect, Dr. Melhorn frequently speaks at Kansas State and local conferences. She has authored and assisted in the development of educational materials to help prevent child maltreatment. Highly respected for her knowledge and expertise on child abuse and neglect, Dr. Melhorn is considered an expert witness and is available to testify in difficult cases.
Dr. Melhorn persists as an advocate for child safety and well-being. The State of Kansas recognizes and appreciates the passion, commitment, and contributions of Dr. Melhorn to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.