Professor of Pediatrics

Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics

Medical Director/ Center for Miracles


BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1974

M.D., UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, 1978

Residency in Pediatrics at UT Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas

Board Certification:
Pediatrics, 1984

Child Abuse Pediatrics, 2012

Recent Publications:
Christian CW, Crawford-Jakubiak JE, Flaherty EG, Leventhal JM, Lukefahr JL,Sege RD, MacMillan H, Nolan CM, Valley LA, Hurley TP. The Evaluation of Suspected Child Physical Abuse Pediatrics 2015 May;135(5):e1337-e1354.

Greenbaum J, Crawford-Jakubiak JE, Christian CW, Flaherty EG, Leventhal JM, Lukefahr JL, Sege RD. Child Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Health Care Needs of Victims Pediatrics 2015 Mar;135(3):566-574.

Melville J, Kellogg N, Perez, Nadia E, Lukefahr J. Assessment For Self-Blame And Trauma Symptoms During The Medical Evaluation of Suspected Sexual Abuse Child Abuse and Neglect 2014 May;38(5):851-857.

Flaherty EG, Perez-Rossello JM, Levine MA, Hennrikus WL, Lukefahr JL, et al, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect; Section on Radiology, American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. Evaluating Children with Fractures for Child Physical Abuse Pediatrics 2014 Feb;133(2):e477-e489.

Anderst JD, Carpenter SL, Abshire TC, Hord J, Lukefahr JL et al; Section on Hematology/Oncology and Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Evaluation for Bleeding Disorders in Suspected Child Abuse Pediatrics 2013 Apr;131(4):1314-1322.

Carpenter SL, Abshire TC, Anderst JD, Hord J, Lukefahr JL, et al; Section on Hematology/Oncology and Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Evaluating for Suspected Child Abuse: Conditions that Predispose to Bleeding Pediatrics 2013 Apr;131(4):1357-1373

Diagnosis and treatment of abused and neglected children; advocacy for all Texas children in healthcare, education, and political arenas.

Dr. Lukefahr joined the UT Health San Antonio Child Abuse Division in June 2007. He is the medical director of the Center for Miracles, which is the child abuse medical evaluation facility at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in downtown San Antonio.

Dr. Lukefahr previously was a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Pediatrics in Galveston from 1996 until 2007. He served as Medical Director of UTMB’s ABC Center for the Evaluation of Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Lukefahr has written numerous scholarly articles on child abuse and neglect, and served as the co-chair of the Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect from 2002-2010. He was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to serve on the Children’s Trust Fund of Texas Council from 1999 until 2001.

Jim was elected to the Ray Helfer Society in 2002, an honorary society for physicians who devote their careers to child abuse and neglect, and was board-certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics in January 2010. He is the 2010-2011 president of the Texas Pediatric Society, a member and former committee chair of the American Board of Pediatrics, and was recently appointed to the Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Jim is married to Virginia, an accomplished artist and art teacher. They have four adult children. Dr. Lukefahr enjoys gardening, history, and (occasionally) hiking and running.

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