Janna Gewirtz O'Brien

Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine Resident Rotation Director, Department of Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine Physician in the Department of Pediatrics at Hennepin Healthcare


Janna R. Gewirtz O'Brien, MD, MPH, FAAP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and provides clinical care to adolescents and young adults at Hennepin Healthcare in the Adolescent Medicine Clinic embedded within the Pediatrics Clinic in Downtown Minneapolis. Her clinical work, research, and advocacy are deeply interconnected and focus on how primary care and community-based health services can most effectively and equitably serve youth from historically marginalized communities, particularly youth experiencing homelessness. Her clinical interests include adolescent sexual and reproductive health, adolescent pregnancy and parenthood, adolescent mental health and substance use, and eating disorders among diverse populations, with a focus on promoting equity and addressing social drivers of health in primary care and community-based clinical settings. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is an active member of Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity, the Minnesota School-based Health Alliance, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.


MD, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
MPH in Public Health Administration and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Interdisciplinary Fellowship,
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Adolescent Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Recognition

Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS), Fellow Poster Presentation 1 st Place, University of Minnesota
Assistant Professor Behavioral/Community Science Paper of the Year, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2024)
Clinical and Translation Science Institute Poster Session Award, University of Minnesota



General Pediatrics & Adolescent Health
717 Delaware St SE, 3rd floor
Minneapolis, MN 55414