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Associate Chair of Community Health, UC Department of Pediatrics

Executive Lead, Population and Community Health

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

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

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

Selected Publication

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

Explaining Racial Disparities in Child Asthma Readmission Using a Causal Inference Approach. Beck, AF; Huang, B; Auger, KA; Ryan, PH; Chen, C; Kahn, RS. JAMA Pediatrics. 2016; 170:695-703.

Allergen Sensitization Profiles in a Population-Based Cohort of Children Hospitalized for Asthma. Beck, AF; Huang, B; Kercsmar, CM; Guilbert, TW; McLinden, DJ; Lierl, MB; Kahn, RS. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society. 2015; 12:376-384.

Family Hardships and Serum Cotinine in Children With Asthma. Spanier, AJ; Beck, AF; Huang, B; McGrady, ME; Drotar, DD; Peake, RW A; Kellogg, MD; Kahn, RS. Pediatrics. 2015; 135:E416-E423.

Routinely Sleeping Away from Home and the Association with Child Asthma Readmission. Moncrief, T; Beck, AF; Olano, K; Huang, B; Kahn, RS. Journal of Community Health. 2014; 39:1209-1215.

Increasing recruitment rates in an inpatient clinical research study using quality improvement methods. Sauers, HS; Beck, AF; Kahn, RS; Simmons, JM. Hospital Pediatrics. 2014; 4:335-341.

Housing Code Violation Density Associated With Emergency Department And Hospital Use By Children With Asthma. Beck, AF; Huang, B; Chundur, R; Kahn, RS. Health Affairs. 2014; 33:1993-2002.

Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Asthma Hospital Readmission in Children: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Newman, NC; Ryan, PH; Huang, B; Beck, AF; Sauers, HS; Kahn, RS. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2014; 164:1396-1402.e1.

Role of Financial and Social Hardships in Asthma Racial Disparities. Beck, AF; Huang, B; Simmons, JM; Moncrief, T; Sauers, HS; Chen, C; Ryan, PH; Newman, NC; Kahn, RS. Pediatrics. 2014; 133:431-439.

Cotinine in Children Admitted for Asthma and Readmission. Howrylak, JA; Spanier, AJ; Huang, B; Peake, RW A; Kellogg, MD; Sauers, H; Kahn, RS. Pediatrics. 2014; 133:e355-e362.