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Kevin Patrick Coulter, M.D. View profile as PDF

Kevin Patrick Coulter

Clinical Interests

Kevin Patrick Coulter is well-known in the field of child abuse and neglect as an advocate for children. Coulter has consulted with the California Office of Criminal Justice Planning, American Academy of Pediatrics, and several San Francisco law enforcement agencies on training protocols for sexual abuse examinations and other issues related to child abuse. His research interests focus on various aspects of ambulatory pediatrics, primarily sexual child abuse and children in foster care.


Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Medical Director, UC Davis Children's Hospital


Pediatric Child Abuse & Neglect


General Pediatrics
Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation:


Glassrock Building
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-3112

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., 1977
B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster PA 1972


Children's Hospital, San Francisco CA 1977-1980


San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco CA 1981-1982

Board Certifications:

American Board of Pediatrics, 1982

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
Northern California Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Select Honors and Awards:

Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of California-San Francisco, 1988

Distinguished Service Award, Marin County Child Abuse Council, 1987

Certificate of Appreciation, Pediatric Housestaff, Children's Hospital of San Francisco, 1984

Select Recent Publications:

Bent C, Shen P, Dahlin B, Coulter K. Blunt Intraoral Trauma Resulting in Internal Carotid Artery Dissection and Infarction in a Child. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Feb 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Sanchez TR, Lee JS, Coulter KP, Seibert JA, Stein-Wexler R. CT of the chest in suspected child abuse using submillisievert radiation dose. Pediatr Radiol. 2015 Jul;45(7):1072-6. Epub 2014 Dec 6.

Chae Y, Goodman GS, Larson RP, Augusti EM, Alley D, VanMeenen KM, Culver M, Coulter KP. Children's memory and suggestibility about a distressing event: the role of children's and parents' attachment. J Exp Child Psychol. 2014 Jul;123:90-111. Epub 2014 Apr 3.

Jha P, Stein-Wexler R, Coulter K, Seibert A, Li CS, Wootton-Gorges SL. Optimizing bone surveys performed for suspected non-accidental trauma with attention to maximizing diagnostic yield while minimizing radiation exposure: utility of pelvic and lateral radiographs. Pediatr Radiol. 2013 Jun;43(6):668-72. Epub 2013 Jan 29.

Sanchez TR, Nguyen H, Palacios W, Doherty M, Coulter K. Retrospective evaluation and dating of non-accidental rib fractures in infants. Clin Radiol. 2013 Aug;68(8):e467-71. Epub 2013 Apr 25.

Hendrickson DJ, Knisely AS, Coulter K, Telander DG, Quan R, Ruebner BH, Leigh  MJ. An inborn error of bile salt transport with features mimicking abusive head trauma. Child Abuse Negl. 2010 Jul;34(7):472-6. Epub 2010 Jun 2.

Sonik A, Stein-Wexler R, Rogers KK, Coulter KP, Wootton-Gorges SL. Follow-up skeletal surveys for suspected non-accidental trauma: can a more limited survey be performed without compromising diagnostic information? Child Abuse Negl. 2010 Oct;34(10):804-6. Epub 2010 Sep 17.

Wootton-Gorges SL, Stein-Wexler R, Walton JW, Rosas AJ, Coulter KP, Rogers KK. Comparison of computed tomography and chest radiography in the detection of rib fractures in abused infants. Child Abuse Negl. 2008 Jun;32(6):659-63. Epub 2008 Jun 17.

Coulter K. Bruising and skin trauma. Pediatr Rev. 2000 Jan;21(1):34-5; discussion 34-5.

To see if Kevin Patrick Coulter is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

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