As an adolescent medicine physician, I specialize in primary care and consultative care for adolescents, specifically addressing common conditions including:
In our clinical practice, we focus on reducing health disparities and improving equitable health outcomes for adolescents and young adults.
My research interests focus on generating the data needed to maximize the public health impact of technologies to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers. I want to help decrease disability and deaths due to cervical cancer and other conditions caused by HPV. This includes reducing racial and ethnic disparities in these diseases.
My current research program investigates primary and secondary prevention of HPV-related diseases using technologies such as Pap tests, HPV DNA testing and HPV vaccines. Our studies have:
My colleagues and I hope to maximize the uptake of primary prevention strategies such as vaccines and characterize the impact of HPV vaccine introduction in communities. Ideally, my research efforts will guide public health efforts, vaccination guidelines, and cervical cancer screening programs.
I am honored to have received the Huffman-Capraro Young Investigator Award from the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. I also received the New Investigator Award from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM).
I serve as president of the Past-Presidents Council of SAHM and have served on national and international committees and advisory groups focused on vaccines and other adolescent health issues. My roles have included:
The National Institutes of Health, WHO and foundations such as the American Cancer Society have provided grants for my research. To date, I have published approximately 200 articles and am a contributing author for several medical textbooks.
In addition to my clinical and research work, I am the former Rauh Chair and director of the Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine at Cincinnati Children's and a tenured professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. I serve as the co-director of the Office of Academic Affairs and Career Development, as well as the co-director for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST).
BArch: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1986.
MD: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1992.
MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1999.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1995.
Chief Resident: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1996.
Fellowship: Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1999.
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1995; American Board of Pediatrics, subspecialist in Adolescent Medicine, 1999.
Sexual and reproductive health; eating disorders; mental health disorders; chronic physical illness
Primary and secondary prevention of HPV-related diseases using technologies such as Pap tests, HPV DNA testing and HPV vaccines; acceptability and accuracy of HPV DNA self- and clinician-led testing in adolescents; epidemiology and risk factors for HPV in adolescent patients; impact of HPV vaccination on sexual attitudes and behaviors; epidemiological impact of HPV vaccine introduction in various communities; attitudes about HPV vaccination among adolescents, parents and clinicians; immunogenicity and safety of HPV vaccines in HIV-positive young people; maximizing the uptake of primary prevention strategies such as vaccines; impact of HPV vaccine introduction in communities; guiding public health efforts, vaccination guidelines, and cervical cancer screening programs
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Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Hesitancy in the United States. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:211-226.
Impact of a Virtual Reality Curriculum on Human Papillomavirus Vaccination: A Pilot Trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2022; 63:865-873.
Partner-Level and Sexual Networking Factors Are Associated With Vaccine-Type and Nonvaccine-Type Human Papillomavirus Infection After Vaccine Introduction in Young Women. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2022; 49:429-436.
The Impact of Primary Mentors and Career Development Committees on Junior Faculty Productivity in a Pediatric Academic Health Center. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 232:4-8.e1.
Sexual Network Patterns and Their Association With Genital and Anal Human Papillomavirus Infection in Adolescent and Young Men. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021; 68:696-704.
Jessica A. Kahn, MD, MPH5/20/2020
Jessica A. Kahn, MD, MPH7/1/2019