University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. We provide a broad range of pediatric programs from surgery, imaging and neonatal and pediatric intensive care to cardiac and oncology (cancer care) services and blood and marrow and organ transplantation. Our clinical staff apply innovative approaches to creating medical breakthroughs based their work with patients and on findings through research at the University of Minnesota. This has led to several firsts, including the first successful pediatric blood marrow transplant, infant heart transplant in Minnesota and cochlear ear implant surgery for a child. Through teamwork and collaboration, we respectfully address the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of pediatric patients and their families.

Hosted in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, the Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children at M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing medical care for victims and potential victims of child abuse and neglect. We provide comprehensive consultation, education and support for medical providers, community agencies and caregivers. We see children in hospital settings including inpatient units, emergency departments and specialty clinics.

Site PI: Nancy S. Harper, MD, FAAP

Nancy Harper

Nancy Sanders Harper is the Medical Director for the Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe & Healthy Children at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and Hennepin Healthcare.  Dr. Harper is board certified in Pediatrics and subspecialty certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics.  Dr. Harper graduated from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 1995, and completed her pediatric residency in 1998 at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia.  After graduation, Dr. Harper served as a staff pediatrician and child abuse consultant for Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and US Naval Hospital Okinawa in Japan.  In 2004, Dr. Harper resigned from the US Navy and entered into fellowship training in Forensic Pediatrics at Brown University in RI, graduating in January 2007.  Dr. Harper then served as the Medical Director for the CARE Team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi TX from 2007 through 2014.  Dr. Harper served on the Committee on Pediatric Centers of Excellence (79th Legislature) tasked with the development of guidelines for designating regional centers of excellence for child abuse in Texas.  Governor Perry appointed Dr. Harper to the statewide Blue Ribbon Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect (81st Legislature SB 2080) and the Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect and Improve Child Welfare (82nd Legislature SB 1154).  The Task Force was legislatively charged with addressing child abuse prevention and the promotion of child well-being for the state of Texas. Dr. Harper served as the programming chair for the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN) from 2012 through 2017 and is now serving on the AAP National Conference & Exhibition planning committee.  Dr. Harper is invested in improving educational opportunities on child maltreatment both nationally and internationally.

Carrie George, MD

Caroline George is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Division since 2007. After becoming board certified Child Abuse Pediatrician she joined the Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children. She is a member of The Helfer Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and American Academy of Pediatrics.  

Loralie Peterson

Loralie Peterson is the Research Project Manager for the Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Health Children (CSHC).  While at the University of Minnesota she has worked with programs across the Pediatrics Department conducting research. At CSHC she has worked on quality improvement projects and various research projects supporting the doctors in this program.  

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