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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

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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

Poverty, Transportation Access, and Medication Nonadherence. Hensley, C; Heaton, PC; Kahn, RS; Luder, HR; Frede, SM; Beck, AF. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20173402-e20173402.

Characteristics of Pediatric Emergency Revisits After an Asthma-Related Hospitalization. Johnson, LH; Beck, AF; Kahn, RS; Huang, B; Ryan, PH; Olano, KK; Auger, KA. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2017; 70:277-287.

Timely and Appropriate Healthcare Access for Newborns: A Neighborhood-Based, Improvement Science Approach. Brown, CM; Kahn, RS; Goyal, NK. Evolutionary Anthropology. 2017; 2017:35-50.

Care Coordination Associated with Improved Timing of Newborn Primary Care Visits. Goyal, NK; Hall, ES; Kahn, RS; Wexelblatt, SL; Greenberg, JM; Samaan, ZM; Brown, CM. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016; 20:1923-1932.

Pediatric asthma medication therapy management through community pharmacy and primary care collaboration. Bradley, CL; Luder, HR; Beck, AF; Bowen, R; Heaton, PC; Kahn, RS; Mansour, M; Obszarski, S; Frede, SM. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association : JAPhA. 2016; 56:455-460.

Medical and Social Determinants of Health Associated with Intensive Care Admission for Asthma in Children. McDowell, KM; Kercsmar, CM; Huang, B; Guilbert, TW; Kahn, RS. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2016; 13:1081-1088.

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. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2015; 12:376-384.

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.

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.