Dr. Strickler attended medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (1999-2003).
She completed her pediatrics residency at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital (2003 -2006).
She is board certified in general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics.

Personal Statement

Leslie Strickler DO, FAAP is a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of medicine where she works as a child abuse pediatrician. She serves as the medical director of the Child Abuse Response Team (CART) and executive director/interim medical director of the Para los Ninos Program. CART provides medical evaluations of children who are alleged victim of physical abuse or neglect. Para los Ninos provides medical evaluation of children who are alleged victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse.

Dr. Strickler frequently serves as an expert witness in civil and criminal legal proceedings relating to child maltreatment. Additional professional activities include membership on the Child Abuse and Neglect Panel for the New Mexico Child Fatality Review, membership in the legislature appointed John Paul Taylor Taskforce on child wellbeing, and participation in multiple county Multidisciplinary Review team. Dr. Strickler is active in educating training and practicing healthcare providers and serves as the director of pediatric resident and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship rotations in child maltreatment. An area of particular scholarly interest is the evaluation of presentations of unique medical conditions and accidental trauma concerning for abuse.

Areas of Specialty

Child Abuse Pediatrics


General Pediatrics
Child Abuse Pediatrics

Achievements & Awards

Ursinus College Magazine Fall 2020, featured in article “Bears on the Front Line”

USA Today Selection to New Mexico Women of the Century, August 2020

Scholarship to the 36th National Children’s Advocacy Center’s International
Symposium on Child Abuse. Awarded December 2019 for March 2020 Conference.
Conference Postponed Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

New Mexico Legislature Recognition for Outstanding Service to the University
and State, January 28, 2019

iCare Award from UNM Pediatric Neurosurgery Service, January 2019

Alice A. Cushing Award for Humanity in Medicine, by UNM Pediatric Residency Program, 2016

Nominee UNM Pediatric Faculty Award 2012, 2017

SOCAN Scholarship to AAP Pediatric Leadership Alliance and Annual Leadership Forum, 2011

Mattel Toy Grant for CART, 2010

Albuquerque Top Docs, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2020

UNM Phase 2 Clinical Teaching Award, Honorable Mention, 2008

UNM Phase 2 Clinical Teaching Award, 2007

American Medical Women’s Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, 2003

Outstanding Student in Psychiatry, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2003

Phi Beta Kappa, 1995




  • English

Courses Taught

Director of Child Maltreatment rotation for medical students, pediatric residents, and pediatric emergency medicine fellows

Research and Scholarship

Strickler L, Pierce J. Factor VII Deficiency Presenting as Possible Child Abuse. Forensic Sci Med Path. 2015 Sept. 11(3):472-474.

Lopez-Bushnell K, et al. Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Hospital-Based Education and Prevention Program in the Intermediate Care and the Newborn Intensive Care Nurseries. Journal of Neonatal Nursing. 2017 June. 23(3):142-150.

Strickler L, Harjo J. Burns Due to the Application of Raw Garlic to the Feet as a Home Remedy for Fever. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2019 Dec. 35(12):e234-e235.

Feldman K, Tayama T, Strickler L, Johnson L, Kolhatkar G, DeRidder C, Matthews D, Sidbury R, Taylor J. A Prospective Study of the Causes of Pre-mobile Infant Bruises. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2020 Feb. 36(2):e43-e49.

Strickler L, Van-Dinh L, Torrez C, Williams J. Localized Coagulopathy of a Venous Malformation Involving the Labia as a Mimic of Child Sexual Abuse. Accepted for Publication 2020 Sept. in Clinical Pediatric Emergency Care.