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Kirk Dabney, M.D., MHCDS

University Affiliation: Thomas Jefferson University Medical School
Hospital Affiliation: Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
City, State: Wilmington, DE
Email: kdabney@nemours.org
Phone: 302 293-8702
Research Interest: Cerebral Palsy Hip and Scoliosis; Health and Healthcare Disparities
Network Role: Alternate Site Investigator
Brief Bio:

Kirk Dabney is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in the Department of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Nemours Alfred I. duPont hospital for Children. He received his Bachelor’s in Arts degree (AB) from Princeton University. While at Princeton, he was captain of the Princeton wrestling team and earned All-Ivy status in wrestling. Dr. Dabney earned a Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.) from Thomas Jefferson University Medical College, and a Master’s in Healthcare Delivery Science from Dartmouth College. His clinical responsibilities include providing orthopedic care to children from birth through twenty-one with sub-specialization including the care of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular diseases, and children with orthopedic problems as a result of hematologic disorders (sickle cell disease and hemophilia). Dr. Dabney co-directs the Cerebral Palsy Division/program which is one of the largest in the country. He is nationally and internationally recognized in the orthopedic treatment of cerebral palsy. Dabney holds his primary academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine and is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Georgetown University College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. Special honors include his induction into the American Orthopedic Association, the honor society for academic orthopedic surgeons, and voted into Best Doctors of America. Administratively, he is the Clinical Director for the Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion. The Office is responsible for cultural competency training of all Nemours associates, as well as diversity, inclusion and health equity efforts within Nemours Delaware Valley. To date, the office has won 4 awards for its work in health equity. Dr. Dabney is a cofounder of the Pediatric Health Equity Collaborative, a consortium of pediatric hospitals in the United States and Canada that champion efforts in pediatric health equity. He also helped facilitate the formation of the Nemours Health Equity Consortium, a local stakeholder group focused on pediatric health equity in Delaware. Dr. Dabney along with the Delaware Technical Institute conceptualized “STEM-UP Delaware”, Delaware’s “pipeline” program for underrepresented minorities interested in the medical field. The program exposes, mentors, and provides academic support in math and science to minority students in Delaware. He has over seventy publications in the subject matter of both cerebral palsy and health equity. He has written numerous book chapters, and served as a section editor on the book Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Dabney is licensed to practice in the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. His greatest accomplishment is his marriage of 27 years to Monica and his two adult children, Christian and Courtney. .