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Natalie Laub, MD

Dr. Laub is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. She completed residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program and then pursued her fellowship training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During this she also obtained a Masters in Science and Health Policy Research. Dr Laub’s research interests include improving health care delivery models for children who are victims of abuse, utilizing clinical decision support tools to detect victims of abuse, and evaluating telehealth opportunities to reach high risk populations. She has published multiple articles, book chapters and reviews on the subject of Child Abuse and Neglect. She also has an interest in medical education and serves as the Program Director for the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.




Undergraduate: Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Creighton University, Omaha Nebraska
Medial Degree: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska
Master Degree: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Pediatrics, Boston Combined Residency Program, Boston, MA
Fellowship: Child Abuse Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
Special Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Pediatrics
  • Board Certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics

Scholarly Work

Areas of Interest

  • Child Abuse
  • Telemedicine
  • Drug Ingestions
  • Medical Education

5 most relevant publications

  1. Stavas N, Paine C, Song L, Shults J, Wood J. Impact of Child Abuse Clinical Pathways on Skeletal Survey Performance in High-Risk Infants. Acad Pediatr. 2020 Jan-Feb;20(1):39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2019.02.012. Epub 2019 Mar 14. PMID: 30880065. 
  2. Stavas N, Shea J, Keddem S, Wood J, Orji W, Cullen C, Scribano P. Perceptions of caregivers and adolescents of the use of telemedicine for the child sexual abuse examination. Child Abuse Negl. 2018 Nov;85:47-57. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.08.009. Epub 2018 Sep 11. PMID: 30217352. 
  3. Chhabra M, Stavas N, Vij N, Kumar E, Shea JA. Understanding the Health Needs and Priorities of People Who Access Comprehensive Harm Reduction Programs. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020;31(4):1747-1764. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2020.0130. PMID: 33416750. 
  4. Tsai C, Quidgley-Martin M, Laub N, Polsky TG, Osterhoudt KC. Methamphetamine-associated pulseless electrical activity in a young child. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 Jan;39:257.e1-257.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2020.06.081. Epub 2020 Jul 4. PMID: 32674922 
  5. John D Melville, Natalie Laub, Vincent J Palusci., Applications of Telemedicine in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 2020 Oct 29. org/10.1016/j.cpem.2020.100789 .

5 most Relevant Peer-Reviewed Presentations

  1. Invited speaker: American Medical Athletic Association Meeting, Boston MA. Keynote Presentation: “Exercise and its mitigating effects of childhood trauma on the developing brain” 2016
  2. Invited Speaker: Pediatric Surgical and Trauma Conference. Philadelphia PA. Keynote Presentation: “Overcoming vicarious trauma” 2017
  3. Invited Spearer: Trauma Grand Rounds, Reading PA. Grand Rounds Title: “Child Abuse and Neglect: The ABC’s”
  4. Invited Speaker: Helfer Society International Meeting, Nashville TN. Platform Presentation:The impact of child abuse clinical pathways on disparities in evaluation with infants presenting with high risk injuries 2019
  5. Invited Speaker: PAS international meeting, Toronto CA. Platform Presentation Perceptions of parents and adolescents of the use of telemedicine for the child sexual abuse examination 2019

Professional Activities


  • Program Director-Child Abuse Pediatrics
  • Co-Creator of CAP-ED, a national educational platform for child abuse pediatrics fellows
  • Helfer Lab Coordinator, a monthly virtual event for fellows and faculty to present their research
  • Lecturer, UCSD Resident noon conference, Rady Children’s Trauma nurse orientation, Oregon Child Abuse Solutions training, Project ECHO
  • Coordinator, fellowship journal club


  • Member, Ray Helfer Society
  • Member, International Society for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect


  • Peer Reviewer for Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect and Academic Pediatrics
  • Member-UCSD Clinical and Educational Task force