• 2017 Academy on Violence and Abuse Regional Summit
    March 10-11, 2017





  • 2017 Academy on Violence and Abuse Regional Summit
    March 10-11, 2017





  • 2017 Academy on Violence and Abuse Regional Summit
    March 10-11, 2017





  • 2017 Academy on Violence and Abuse Regional Summit
    March 10-11, 2017







Dr. Robert Block

Dr. Bob BlockRobert W. Block, MD, FAAP, is immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Block is also a Professor of Pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.

Dr. Block received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been a member of the O.U. College of Medicine faculty since 1975. As a faculty member, Dr. Block has been nominated for the Aesculapian teaching award six times, winning on three occasions. Dr. Block has been awarded the prestigious Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, a University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award, the Ray Helfer Society Award in recognition of his work in the field of Child Abuse, and the Award for Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2001 and subsequently, he has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America.” He was appointed the first Chair of the newly formed subboard on Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics from 2006-2009, and continues serving on the subboard. He holds Certificate #1 from the ABP in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Dr. Block is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a past president of the Oklahoma AAP Chapter, and former member and chair of the Academy’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He is a former member and chair of the United States’ Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines. Dr. Block is the immediate past President and current Board Chair of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), the relatively new national organization focused on increasing health care professionals’ education, and academic research, on the health effects of violence and abuse.

Dr. Block was appointed Oklahoma’s first Chief Child Abuse Examiner in 1989, and he served in that capacity until October, 2011. He was a past Chair and member of the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board from 1992 through September, 2011. He has been a member of the medical team for the Tulsa Children’s Justice Center, and served as a past President and member of the board of directors for the Child Abuse Network, Inc. He is now an Emeritus Director. Dr. Block has authored several papers and a textbook, and has delivered over 2,000 public presentations. Dr. Block has been married to Sharon Block, a retired science teacher and registered nurse, for 42 years. They have two daughters, Erika and Andrea, and two grandchildren.








Dr. Vince Felitti

Vince FelittiA renowned physician and researcher, Dr. Vincent J. Felitti is one of the world’s foremost experts on childhood trauma. Leading the charge in research into how adverse childhood experiences affect adults, he is co-principal investigator of the internationally recognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a long-term, in-depth, analysis of over 17,000 adults. Defying conventional belief, this study famously revealed a powerful relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our physical and mental health as adults. In fact, the ACE study shows that humans convert childhood traumatic emotional experiences into organic disease later in life. Revolutionary at its inception, Felitti’s groundbreaking research remains extremely relevant to today’s healthcare models.

Founder of the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente, Felitti served as the chief of preventive medicine for over 25 years. Under Dr. Felitti's leadership, his department provided comprehensive medical evaluations to 1.1 million individuals, becoming the largest single-site medical evaluation facility in the western world. During this time, Felitti’s revolutionary health risk abatement programs incorporated weight loss, smoking cessation, stress management, and a wide range of cutting-edge efforts to reduce patient risk factors. Dr. Felitti also has served on advisory committees at the Institute of Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association. A noted expert on the genetic disease hemochromatosis, as well as obesity, he educates audiences around the country on these two very common, deadly maladies.

An engaging speaker, Felitti has traveled the world speaking with audiences and various policy leaders about his research. A well versed medical expert, Felitti also uses his knowledge to speak out against domestic violence and other forms of childhood trauma. Drawing on his years of experience, he has become an important voice advocating for the wellbeing of children everywhere. While time may not heal all wounds, Felitti helps show audiences how we can understand these physical and mental traumas, and ultimately, prevent them.








Dr. Heidi Miller

Heidi Miller, MD

Dr. Heidi Miller is a primary care physician and policy advocate who has focused her career on assuring high quality, trauma-informed, equitable access to healthcare for our most vulnerable patients. She trained at Yale University and Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


She serves as a primary care doctor at the Family Care Health Centers, an FQHC in St. Louis. Dr. Miller is also the Medical Director for the Gateway to Better Health Program which serves 20,000 uninsured patients via the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, an organization which has also spearheaded the "Alive and Well STL" initiative to reduce the community-wide impact of toxic stress and trauma.


Dr. Miller also consults for the St. Louis Integrated Health Network and the Siteman Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Partnership. She was appointed by the Missouri Governor to the Oversight Committee for Medicaid, she served on the Missouri Medical Home Collaborative Steering Committee that oversaw the state-wide implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model, she has been invited repeatedly to testify to the Missouri House and Senate Committees on health policies, and Dr. Miller was recognized by St. Louis Business Journal as one of its 40-under-40 honorees.