Lynn K Sheets, MD

Medical director, Child Advocacy and Protection Services, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Professor and chief, the Medical College of Wisconsin
Associate program director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship

Office locations

8915 W. Connell Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 266-2090
Child Advocacy Center - Walworth
W4063 Hwy NN
Elkhorn, WI 53121
(262) 741-1440


Dr. Sheets is a board-certified child abuse pediatrician who has over twenty years of experience in evaluating children who are suspected to be maltreated. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and section chief of the Child Advocacy and Protection Division. She is also the Medical Director of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Child Advocacy and Protection Services (CAPS) which provides services to children in foster care and children suspected of being maltreated at the hospital and at multiple Child Advocacy Centers in Wisconsin.

In addition to her clinical experience and community activities, Dr. Sheets is an educator on child maltreatment. She is an active member of the Injury Research Center at Medical College and teaches community groups, medical students, residents and fellows about violence, intentional and unintentional injuries, child maltreatment, and conditions that can be mistaken for child abuse. She was instrumental in developing the accredited child abuse pediatrics fellowship at the Medical College which is one of the first in the nation to be accredited. Her research interests include child abuse prevention, early detection of abuse and abusive head trauma. In her clinical role, she provides expert child abuse consultations and court testimony in cases of suspected child maltreatment. She has a strong commitment to child maltreatment and violence prevention efforts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and nationally.

Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatrics - General
Areas of interest
  • Child advocacy
  • Child neglect
  • Child physical abuse
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Children affected by violence
  • Children in foster care
  • Medical mimics of child maltreatment

Education and awards

  • 1983, University of Kansas (Kansas City), MD
  • 1986, Duke University (Durham, NC) - Pediatrics
  • 1988, Duke University (Durham, NC) - Academic Pediatrics
  • Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Equal Justice Medal – to honor work in advocating for the poor and vulnerable citizens of Milwaukee (2014)
  • Ray E. Helfer, MD Award by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and by the Section on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics (2013)
  • Ray E. Helfer Society Award for Outstanding Leadership (2011)

Research and publications