Adelaide Eichman, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Adelaide Eichman joined the Division of Child Advocacy in July 2013. She was recruited to the CAC after completing her pediatric residency at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She received a BA and BS—as well as her medical degree with an area of concentration in women’s health—from the University of Pittsburgh. Starting in October 2014, Eichman worked to establish a consultation program with the UPMC Mercy Burn Unit. This program developed out of a request from the Allegheny County district attorney’s office and Pittsburgh police. The CHP CAC now provides consultative services for pediatric burn patients in cases of possible abuse/neglect. In addition, the CHP CAC provides ongoing education to the physicians and staff at Mercy Burn Unit to more effectively and accurately identify cases of abuse/neglect, and to perform proper work-up when abuse/neglect is suspected. Eichman is the course director of the 4th year medical student elective in child abuse. She is also the coordinator of the CAC’s participation in the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Child Abuse Preceptorship Program, a 60-hour preceptorship for physicians interested in child abuse. Her areas of interest included toxic stress, intimate partner violence, and early childhood education.

Major Lectureships

  • “Child Abuse and Neglect,” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., August 2017
  • “Child Abuse and the CHP CAC’s Relationship with Mercy Burn Unit,” UPMC Mercy Hospital, Mercy Trauma Lecture, Pittsburgh, Pa., September 2017
  • “Sentinel Injuries in Infants – What You Need to Know,” Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau, Latrobe, Pa., September 2017
  • “Pediatric Burns: Differentiating Between Abuse, Neglect, and Freak Accident,” UPMC Trauma Nursing Symposium, Mars, Pa., October 2017
  • “Child Abuse and Neglect – Children with Special Healthcare Needs,” Third Thursday Program, 2017 Paramedic Refresher, UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., October 2017
  • “A Medical Evaluation for Physical Child Abuse: What CPS Needs to Know,” Erie County Office of Children and Youth All-day Training, Erie, Pa., October 2017
  • “Case Presentation,” Act 33, Child Fatality/Near Fatality Reviews, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Pittsburgh, Pa., November 2017
  • “Child Abuse,” 3rd Year Medical Student Lecture, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., August x2 2017; January, February x2, March, and June, 2018
  • “Quarterly Child Maltreatment Update,” Trauma Conference (with Dr. Jennifer Clarke and/or Dr. Jennifer Wolford and/or Dr. Rachel Berger), UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., November 2017; February and April 2018
  • “Child Maltreatment,” Trauma Nurse Course, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., March and May 2018
  • “CAC Case Reviews,” Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division Conference (with Dr. Jennifer Clarke and Dr. Jennifer Wolford), UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pa., April 2018
  • “Recognizing and Responding to Children at Risk: Suspected child Abuse & Neglect Education for Hospital Staff,” Washington County Medical Society, Washington, Pa., April 2018
  • “Mimickers of Sexual and Physical Abuse,” 13th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment (with Jennifer Clarke, MD), Pittsburgh, Pa., April 2018
  • “Medical Presentation,” Childfirst Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa., May 2018
  • “Recognizing and Responding to Children at Risk: Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect Education for Primary Care Providers,” Preferred Primary Care Physicians, Mt. Lebanon, Pa., June 2018

Education & Training

  • Doctor of Medicine: Women’s Health Area of Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts: Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Science: Psychology
  • Residency: UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - Discipline: Pediatrics

Representative Publications

Refereed articles

  1. Karakachian A, Eichman A, Sekula K.  Understanding the importance of radiology screening when suspecting child abuse. Journal of Radiology Nursing. 2017 Jun;35(2).
  2. Li S, Levick A, Eichman A, Chang JC.  Women’s perspectives on the context of violence and role of police in their intimate partner violence arrest experiences. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2015 Feb;30(3):400-419.


  1. Eichman A. Review: The prevalence of confirmed maltreatment among US children, 2004-2011. The Quarterly Update. 2014 Autumn;21(4):35-36.

Poster Presentations

  1. Karakachian A, Eichman A, Sekula K.  Understanding the importance of radiology screening when suspecting child abuse. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 8th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference: Raising the Bar: Advances in Pediatric Care. 10/27/17


  1. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). Report on: Childhood poisoning: Safeguarding young children from addictive substances [Contribution via interview]. New York. 4/10/18.

Research Interests

  • toxic stress
  • intimate partner violence
  • early childhood education