Biography

Lawrence R. Ricci, M.D. is dual residency trained and successfully completed his boards in Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Ricci is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Tufts Maine Medical Center College of Medicine. He is a board certified child abuse pediatrician specializing in the evaluation and treatment of abused children as medical director of the Spurwink Child Abuse Program in Portland, Maine. Dr Ricci started this program in 1986 originally in Waterville Maine then later Portland Maine.

The Child Abuse Program is a multidisciplinary statewide referral center for Maine children with satellites in Waterville and Bangor Maine. The program evaluates over 1000 children and 250 adults annually for abuse concerns. The team consists of Dr Ricci and two other physicians, two nurse practitioners, 3 masters level social work forensic interviewers, and three doctoral level psychologists. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Ricci has evaluated and treated several thousand children for abuse concerns. He is on the consulting staff at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) where he spends time training pediatric residents in clinical settings and monthly didactic sessions. He is in addition the director of the Pediatric Advocacy Program at Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Dr. Ricci has served on a number of state and national child abuse committees including former Chair of the Maine Child Death/​Serious Injury Review Panel (1992-2008) and former Chair of the Section on Child Abuse of the American Academy of Pediatrics (1990-1994). He is a former president of the Ray Helfer Society (2002-2004), an international society of several hundred physicians specializing in the care of abused children.

Dr. Ricci has developed numerous child abuse workshops throughout Maine and around the country; these have been presented to social workers, mental health professionals, legal professionals, and medical professionals. He frequently testifies in both civil and criminal court both in Maine and around the country and has published approximately 25 articles and book chapters in the field of child abuse evaluation and treatment. He has a particular expertise in photodocumentation and lectures and consults regularly on camera systems and photographic techniques.

His awards have included the following:
2008: Helfer Society award for Contributions to the Society
2009: National Center on Shaken Baby Award to State of Maine for Prevention Program
2009: Maine Children’s Trust Award for Professional of the Year
2016: Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children from the Section on Child Abuse of the American Academy of Pediatrics
2016: Outstanding Contribution to the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics from the Ray Helfer Society