Robert S. Kahn, MD, MPH

Associate Chair of Community Health, UC Department of Pediatrics

Associate Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Physician Lead, Community and Population Health, James M. Anderson Center for Health System Excellence

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4369

Fax 513-636-7247


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

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.

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.

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Moncrief TM, Beck AF, Simmons JM, Huang B, Kahn RS. Single parent households and increased child asthma morbidity. J Asthma. 2014 Apr;51(3)60-6.

Newman NC, Ryan PH, Huang B, Beck AF, Sauers HS, Kahn RS. Traffic-related air pollution and asthma hospital readmission in children: a longitudinal cohort study. J Pediatr. 2014 Mar 25.

Beck AF, Huang B, Simmons JM, Moncrief T, Sauers HS, Chen C, Ryan PH, Newman NC, Kahn RS. Role of financial and social hardships in asthma racial disparities. Pediatrics. 2014 Mar;133(3):431-9.

Klein MD, Alcamo AM, Beck AF, O'Toole JK, McLinden D, Henize A, Kahn RS. Can a video curriculum on the social determinants of health affect residents' practice and families' perceptions of care? Acad Pediatr. 2014 Mar-Apr;14(2):159-66.

Brown CM, Girio-Herrera E, Sherman SN, Kahn RS, Copeland KA. Pediatricians may address barriers inadequately when referring low-income preschool-aged children to behavioral health Services. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Feb;25(1):406-24.

Howrylak JA, Spanier AJ, Huang B, Peake RW, Kellogg MD, Sauers H, Kahn RS. Cotinine in children admitted for asthma and readmission. Pediatrics. 2014 Feb;133(2):e355-62.

DeMartini T, Beck AF, Kahn RS, Klein MD. Food insecure families: description of access and barriers to food from one pediatric primary care center. J Community Health.  2013 Dec;38(6):1182-7.

Goyal NK, Hall ES, Meinzen-Derr JK, Kahn RS, Short JA, Van Ginkel JB, Ammerman RT. Dosage effect of prenatal home visiting on pregnancy outcomes in at-risk, first-time mothers. Pediatrics. 2013 Nov;132 Suppl 2:S118-25.

Beck AF, Simmons JM, Sauers HS, Sharkey K, Alam M, Jones C, Kahn RS. Connecting at-risk inpatient asthmatics to a community-based program to reduce home environmental risks: care system redesign using quality improvement methods. Hosp Pediatr. 2013 Oct;3(4):326-34.

Chirdkiatgumchai V, Xiao H, Fredstrom BK, Adams RE, Epstein JN, Shah SS, Brinkman WB, Kahn RS, Froehlich TE. National Trends in Psychotropic Medication Use in Very Young Children: 1994-2009. Pediatrics. 2013 Oct;132(4):615-23.