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Marcella Marie Donaruma-Kwoh, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Washington University School of Medicine - St Louis Children's Hospital Fellowship Child Protection and Forensics 2006
Washington University School of Medicine - St Louis Children's Hospital Residency Pediatrics 2004
Baylor College of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2001


Dr Donaruma has been part of the Child Protection Team since 2006 and works providing care to children at both Texas Children's Hosptial and The Children's Assessment Center.

Clinical Interests:


Research Interests:

Sexual abuse and physical abuse topics


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Member (2001-present)
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Member (2016 - Present)
North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Member (2009 - 2019); Child Abuse expert advisor for NASPAG Annual Clinical and Research Conference Planning Committee (2009 - 2019)
Texas Pediatric Society
Member (2006 - Present); Child Abuse/Neglect Committee (2006 - Present); co-Chair Child Abuse/Neglect Committee (2015 - 2019); Foster Care Committee (2016 - Present); Medical Education Committee (2016 - Present)
The Ray E. Helfer Society Full Member (2010 - Present); Scholar Member (2006 - 2010)

Selected Publications

Soto Martinez, M. E., Love, J. C., Pinto, D. C., Wiersema, J. M., Derrick, S. M., Bachim, A., Greely, C., Donaruma-Kwoh M., Truong V.T.T., Gao, S. & Crowder, C. M. (2019). The Infant Injury Database: a tool for the study of injury patterns in medicolegal investigations of child abuse. Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Brown ECB, Donaruma-Kwoh M, Otjen JP and Feldman KW. Three cases of inflicted skull crush injuries in infants, Pediatric Emergency Care 2019.

Culotta P, Isaac R, Sarpong K, Chandy B, Cruz A, Donaruma-Kwoh M. Nasal erosion as an uncommon sign of child abuse. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2018; 108: 95-99.

Lee M, Bachim A, Smith C, Camp EA, Donaruma-Kwoh M, Patel B. Hospital costs and charges of discharge delays in children hospitalized for child abuse and neglect. Hospital Pediatrics 2017; 7(10): 572-578.

Sellin JN, Morena A, Ryan SL, Lam SK, Donaruma-Kwoh M, Luerssen TG, Jea A. Children presenting in delayed fashion after minor head trauma with scalp swelling: do they require further work-up? Childs Nervous System 2017; 33(4):647-652.

Culotta PA, Crowe JE, Tran Q, Jones JY, Mehollin-Ray AR, Tran HB, Donaruma-Kwoh MM, Dodge CT, Camp EA, Cruz AT. Performance of computer tomography of the head to evaluate for skull fractures in infants with suspected non-accidental trauma. Pediatric Radiology 2016 Oct.

Greeley CS, Chuo CY, Kwak MJ, Henin SS, Donaruma-Kwoh M, Ferrell J, Giardino AP. Community Characteristics Associated With Seeking Medical Evaluation for Suspected Child Sexual Abuse in Greater Houston. Journal of Primary Prevention 2016 Jun; 37(3):215-30.

Awards & Honors

Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation, 2016

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Partner in Courage Award 2011

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas; Honorable Mention recipient of Team Excellence Award 2010 



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