Janna Gewirtz O'brien, MD

Janna Gewirtz O'brien

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Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, MD, FAAP is a second year Adolescent Medicine Fellow in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program. She is a pediatrician and is pursuing board-certification in Adolescent Medicine through the fellowship. During her fellowship, she is also obtaining a Master’s in Public Health through the Executive Program in Public Health Administration and Policy (E-PHAP) at the University of Minnesota. She obtained a BA in Health and Society (Public Health) and Biology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She then graduated medical school from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she earned distinction in community health and completed a pathway in medical humanities. She then moved to Rochester, Minnesota for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic. After residency, she worked as a primary care pediatrician at Mayo Clinic. She has also worked as a volunteer clinician and served as a board member for the Rochester Alternative Learning Center (ALC) Clinic, a free school-based health center for ALC students. This formative experience solidified her interest in community-engaged health care and research and underscored the value of community partnerships in improving adolescent health.

Her clinical work, research and advocacy efforts center around adolescent health care services in primary care and community-based settings, including school- and shelter-based health care. She is particularly interested in improving health outcomes among runaway and homeless youth through community-engaged research and advocacy and is leading a community-based study to improve heath among parenting youth living in shelter. She is engaged in medical student, resident and nursing student education, focusing on adolescent mental health, sexual health, advocacy, and social determinants of health. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics – Minnesota Chapter Executive Board and on the Minnesota School-based Health Alliance. She enjoys chasing around her spirited pre-schooler, running, hiking, and potlucks with her co-fellows.