A photo of Robert S. Kahn.

Associate Chair of Community Health, UC Department of Pediatrics

Executive Lead, Population and Community Health

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research


Robert S. Kahn, MD, MPH, is a general pediatrician and child health researcher. Dr. Kahn's main interest lies at  the intersection of poverty and child health, trying to understand what leads to worse health among poor children, and where me might intervene most effectively. He focuses on the most common pediatric conditions such as asthma and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). His work includes both NIH-funded research, but also a focus on building practical collaborations with the most effective community agencies.

Dr. Kahn attended Princeton University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. At Children's Hospital in Boston, he completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in primary care research. At the same time, he obtained a Master of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Kahn came to Cincinnati Children's in 1999 as an assistant professor of pediatrics within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Currently, he is a professor and associate director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics. He now helps to direct the Community Health initiative in the Strategic Plan, and he is co-director of the Cincinnati Child-Health Law Partnership.

Research Interests

Parental health as a mediator of poverty's effects on children; social and economic disparities in children's health; interaction of genes and environment in common childhood diseases

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


General and Community Pediatrics, General and Community Pediatrics, Primary Care

My Education

BA: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1986.

MD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 1992.

Residency: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1995.

Fellowship: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1997.

MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1997.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1995, 2002.

My Publications

Beck AF, Cohen AJ, Colvin JD, Fichtenberg CM, Fleegler EW, Garg A, Gottlieb LM, Pantell MS, Sandel MT, Schickedanz A, Kahn RS. Perspectives from the Society for Pediatric Research: interventions targeting social needs in pediatric clinical care. Pediatr Res. 2018 Jul;84(1):10-21.

Hensley C, Heaton PC, Kahn RS, Luder HR, Frede SM, Beck AF. Poverty, Transportation Access, and Medication Nonadherence. Pediatrics. 2018;141(4):11 pages.

Beck AF, Riley CL, Taylor SC, Brokamp C, Kahn RS. Pervasive Income-Based Disparities In Inpatient Bed-Day Rates Across Conditions And Subspecialties. Health Affairs. 2018;37(4):551-559.

Henize AW, Beck AF, Klein MD, Morehous J, Kahn RS. Transformation of a Pediatric Primary Care Waiting Room: Creating a Bridge to Community Resources. Matern Child Health J. 2018;22(6):779-785.

Beck AF, Huang B, Wheeler K, Lawson NR, Kahn RS, Riley CL. The Child Opportunity Index and Disparities in Pediatric Asthma Hospitalizations Across One Ohio Metropolitan Area, 2011-2013. J Pediatr. 2017 Nov;190:200-206.e1.

Beck AF, Sandel MT, Ryan PH, Kahn RS. Mapping Neighborhood Health Geomarkers To Clinical Care Decisions To Promote Equity In Child Health. Health Affairs. 2017;36(6):999-1005. 

Kahn RS, Iyer SB, Kotagal UR. Development of a Child Health Learning Network to Improve Population Health Outcomes; Presented in Honor of Dr Robert Haggerty. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Aug;17(6):607-613

Johnson LH, Beck AF, Kahn RS, Huang B, Ryan PH, Olano KK, Auger KA. Characteristics of Pediatric Emergency Revisits After an Asthma-Related Hospitalization. Ann Emerg Med. 2017;7(3):277-287.

Timely and Appropriate Healthcare Access for Newborns: A Neighborhood-Based, Improvement Science Approach. New Directions for Evaluation. 2017 (153);35-50.

Auger KA, Kahn RS, Simmons JM, Huang B, Shah AN, Timmons K, Beck AF. Using Address Information to Identify Hardships Reported by Families of Children Hospitalized With Asthma. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Jan - Feb;17(1):79-87.