James L Lukefahr, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, CHofSA Center for Miracles
Dr. Lukefahr joined the UTHSCSA Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics
in June 2007. He is the medical director of the Center for Miracles, which is
the child abuse medical evaluation facility at the Children’s Hospital of San
Antonio. Dr. Lukefahr also serves as the Medical Director for the Forensic
Nurse Examiner program at the Children’s Alliance of South Texas (CAST) in
Dr. Lukefahr was elected to the Helfer Society in 2002. He
was among the first group of pediatricians to become board-certified in Child
Abuse Pediatrics (January 2010). He is a former committee member and past committee
chair of the American Board of Pediatrics, and recently completed 6 years of
service on the Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of
Dr. Lukefahr was the 2010-2011 president of the Texas
Pediatric Society (the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics) and
has received the Society’s Kaliski Award of Merit and the Daeschner Lifetime
Achievement Award. In 2020 Jim was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine
Award at UT Health San Antonio and was inducted into the UT Health San Antonio
Gold Humanism Honor Society.
- 1981 - Residency - Pediatrics - University of Texas Medical Branch
- 1978 - MD - Medicine - University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
- 1974 - BA - Plan II (Cum laude magna et ampla) - University of Texas at Austin
- 6/2007 - Professor of Pediatrics - University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Pediatrics, San Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 11/2019 - Present, Membership on Supervising Committee
- 7/2017 - Present, Membership on Supervising Committee, UT Health San Antonio
- 8/2014 - Present, UTHSCSA
- 12/2012 - Present, "Prevention of Child Maltreatment" online module for pediatric residency advocacy curriculum, UTHSCSA Department of Pediatrics
- 10/2007 - Present, "Introduction to Serious Physical Child Abuse"
Research & Grants
Funding Agency Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Title Forensic Assessment Center Network contract Status Active Period 9/2006 - Present Role Co-Investigator Grant Detail The FACN contract between the University of Texas system and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services funds a network of child abuse centers (one at each of the UT medical school campuses), which provide expert consultation to TDFPS investigators on complex cases of suspected child abuse and neglect.
The contract is administered by the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and the other schools are sub-contractors.
Funding Agency Texas Dept of State Health Services Title Medical Child Abuse Resources and Education System (MEDCARES) Status Active Period 6/2015 - 8/2017 Role Principal Investigator Grant Detail
Spiller L., Lukefahr J., Kellogg ND. Dental Neglect Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma 2019 Jan;.
Kellogg N.D., Melville, J.D., Lukefahr, J.L., Nienow, S.N., Russell E.L. Genital and Extragenital Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in Children and Adolescents Evaluated for Sexual Abuse Pediatric Emergency Care 2018 Nov;34(11):761-766.
Sege RD, Siegel BS, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (Lukefahr JL et al), American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children Pediatrics 2018 Nov;142(6).
Girardet, Rebecca, Bolton, Kelly, Hashmi, Syed, Sedlock, Emily, Khatri, Rachna, Lahoti, Nina, Lukefahr JL. Child Protective Services Utilization of Child Abuse Pediatricians: A Mixed-Methods Study Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 Feb;76(2):381-387.
Fisher-Owens SA, Lukefahr JL, Tate AR, AAP Section on Oral Health, Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, AAPD Councils on Clinical Affairs and Scientific Affairs, and Ad Hoc Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect. Oral and Dental Aspects of Child Abuse Pediatrics 2017 Aug;140(2).
Christian CW, Crawford-Jakubiak JE, Flaherty EG, Leventhal JM, Lukefahr JL,Sege RD, MacMillan H, Nolan CM, Valley LA, Hurley TP. The Evaluation of Suspected Child Physical Abuse Pediatrics 2015 May;135(5):e1337-e1354.
Greenbaum J, Crawford-Jakubiak JE, Christian CW, Flaherty EG, Leventhal JM, Lukefahr JL, Sege RD. Child Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Health Care Needs of Victims Pediatrics 2015 Mar;135(3):566-574.
Melville J, Kellogg N, Perez, Nadia E, Lukefahr J. Assessment For Self-Blame And Trauma Symptoms During The Medical Evaluation of Suspected Sexual Abuse Child Abuse and Neglect 2014 May;38(5):851-857.
Flaherty EG, Perez-Rossello JM, Levine MA, Hennrikus WL, Lukefahr JL, et al, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect; Section on Radiology, American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. Evaluating Children with Fractures for Child Physical Abuse Pediatrics 2014 Feb;133(2):e477-e489.
Flaherty EG, Macmillan HL, Lukefahr JL, et al, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Caregiver-Fabricated Illness in a Child: a Manifestation of Child Maltreatment Pediatrics 2013 Sep;132(3):590-597.
Jenny C, Crawford-Jakubiak JE, Christian CW, Flaherty EG, Leventhal JM, Lukefahr JL, Sege RD, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Clinical Report: The Evaluation of Children in the Primary Care Setting When Sexual Abuse is Suspected Pediatrics 2013 Aug;132(2):e558-e567.
Melville J, Lukefahr J, Cornell J, Kellogg N, Lancaster J. The effect of image quality on the assessment of child abuse photographs Pediatric Emergency Care 2013 May;29(5):1-5.
Melville JD, Lukefahr JL, Cornell J, Kellogg ND, Lancaster JL. The Effect of Image Quality on the Assessment of Child Abuse Photographs Pediatr Emerg Care 2013 May;29(5):607-611.
Sege RD, Amaya-Jackson L, Lukefahr JL et al; AAP Committee on Child Abuse & Neglect; American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee on Child Maltreatment and Violence; National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. Clinical Considerations Related to the Behavioral Manifestations of Child Maltreatment Pediatrics 2017 Apr;139(4):e1-e13.
Crawford-Jakubiak JE, Alderman EM, Leventhal JM, Lukefahr JL, et al; AAP Committee on Child Abuse & Neglect; AAP Committee on Adolescence. Care of the Adolescent after an Acute Sexual Assault Pediatrics 2017 Mar;139(3):e1-e16.
- American Board of Pediatrics
- American Board of Pediatrics/Child Abuse