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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Mercy Kansas City, University of Missouri-Kansas City

The overarching goal of Dr. Puls’ research agenda is to reduce child maltreatment, particularly physical abuse among infants and young children. In pursuit of this goal, he is actively engaged in research investigating public policies and programs with the capacity to improve the well-being of children and families. He is also interested in improving the equitable and accurate identification, reporting, and prevention of child maltreatment in health care settings, particularly which newborn infants might be at the greatest risk for physical abuse.

Secondarily, Dr. Puls remains engaged in health services research of conditions common to pediatric hospital medicine, namely respiratory diseases in hospitalized children and has served as the site-PI for 4 NIAID-funded studies investigating asthma outcomes among a prospective cohort of infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis. Dr. Puls completed a NICHD R25-funded Summer Training Institute for Research in Child Abuse and Neglect in 2017 and graduated from the Academic Pediatric Association’s Research Scholars Program in 2020.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City