16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
John Stirling Jr., MD
Dr. John Stirling, a Vancouver pediatrician, is well-known in Washington State for his long-standing, strong commitment to improving the lives of abused and neglected children. In his private practice, Dr. Stirling devotes time each week to serving this vulnerable population and to consulting with child welfare workers on abuse cases. Annually, his pediatric medical consultations and evaluations number approximately 200. Dr. Stirling's Vancouver Clinic serves as the sole referral center for child abuse evaluations covering a four-county area. Frequently, he provides medical evidence in court in addition to working extensively, on a daily basis, with child protective and law enforcement staff.
A provider of statewide pediatric consultations and evaluations for the Child Abuse Consultation Network, Dr. Stirling is the pediatric consultant for the Clark County Child Abuse Intervention Center, the Southwest Washington Sexual Assault Response Team, and the Washington State School for the Blind. He conducts training sessions on all aspects of child abuse and neglect. Well-published, Dr. Stirling also serves as a reviewer for several professional journals, including the Child Abuse Medical Quarterly, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Child Maltreatment.
His affiliation with several professional organizations also illustrates Dr. Stirling's ongoing commitment to these issues. Notably, Dr. Stirling is a founding and charter member of three of these groups, i.e., the Clark County Child Protection Team, the Clark County Infant and Child Death Review Committee, and the Ray Helfer Society, as well as a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and an Executive Committee member of the Section on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Without question, Dr. Stirling is dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. His contributions, both professional and voluntary, are extensive and impressive and deserving of recognition and commendation.