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Katherine Teets Grimm, MD

Dr. Katherine Teets Grimm has been the Medical Director of The New York Center for Children (NYCC) since January 1997. She has been actively involved in the field of child protection since the mid-1970’s. Dr. Grimm received her M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her internship and pediatric residency at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she also later served as Director of the Pediatric Asthma Program, Clinical Director of the Pediatric Allergy Clinic and Director of the Harriet Lane Continuing Care Clinic.

In New York City, Dr. Grimm has had a long relationship with Mount Sinai Hospital. Among other positions, she served there as Director of Acute Pediatric Care from 1978 to 1996, Vice-Chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 1980 to 1996, Director of the Division of Ambulatory Pediatric from 1982 to 1996, and Medical Director of Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) from 1989 to 2003. She has also taught, and continues to teach, pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine since 1974.

Dr. Grimm is a founding member of child protection committees in School Districts 2, 3, and 4 as well as founder of the Manhattan Interhospital Child Protection Team. She serves on numerous city-wide child abuse task forces and committees. She has developed a mentoring program for pediatric residents at NYCC and created an innovative elective for law and medical student residents in the field of child abuse. The course includes multiple site visits throughout the City to child protection agencies such as Family Court, the District Attorney’s Office and the New York Police Department Special Victims Squad. These important training programs educate future doctors and lawyers about the specialized field of diagnosis and treatment of child abuse. Dr. Grimm is expanding the programs to include police academy students.

In addition, Dr. Grimm has received a wide range of awards for clinical excellence, clinical teaching, and humanism in medicine as well as for her outstanding work at SAVI working with rape crisis intervention.


Hyatt, A., and Teets-Grimm, K. Chapt. 16 “The Pediatric Patient,” pp. 269-287 in Swartz, Mark H., editor. An Introduction to Physical Diagnosis. New York: Raven Press, 1981.

Grimm, K. “Asthma in the Pediatric Emergency Room,” The Journal of the Central New Jersey Medical Group, IV 26-34, 1988.

Teets-Grimm, K. Chapters “The Well Child Visit” (pg. 32-44) and “Breastfeeding” (pg. 59-62) in Dershewitz, R., editor. Ambulatory Pediatric Care, Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1988.

Grimm, K., Revised Chapters “The Well Child Visit” and “Breastfeeding” in Dershewitz, R., editor. Ambulatory Pediatric Care, Second Edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1993.

Grimm, K. Pediatric section in Thornborough, J., editor. PreTest: Step 2 Simulated Examination. New York: Mc Graw-Hill, 1993.

Grimm, K. “Adverse Drugs Reactions,” in Burg, F.D., Ingelfinger, J.R., Polin, R.A. Wald, E.R., eds. Current Pediatric Therapy, Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1996.

Grimm, K. Pediatric section in Thornborough J., editor. PreTest: Step 3 Simulated Exam. New York: Mc Graw-Hill, 1997.

Grimm, K. Rewritten Chapter “The Well Child Visit” (pg. 69-79) in Dershewitz, R., editor. Ambulatory Pediatric Care, Third Edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1999.

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