Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, MD, MPH, FAAP

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Janna Gewirtz O'Brien

Contact Info


Mailing Address:
General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
717 Delaware St SE, 3rd Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Faculty Member, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

Adolescent Medicine Resident Rotation Director, Department of Pediatrics

Adolescent Medicine Physician in the Department of Pediatrics at Hennepin Healthcare

MD, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Residency in Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Interdisciplinary Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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


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.

Awards & Recognition

  • Clinical and Translation Science Institute Poster Session Award, University of Minnesota (2019, 2020)
  • Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS), Fellow Poster Presentation 1 st Place, University of Minnesota (2019)



  • Sieving R, McRee AL, Mehus C, Gewirtz O’Brien JR, Wang S, Brar P, Catallozzi M, Gorzkowski J, Grilo S, Kaseeska K, Santelli J, Steiner R, Klein JD. Sexual and reproductive health discussions during preventive visits. Pediatrics. 2021; 148(2), e2020049411.
  • Cristiani V, Kumbami A, Asiedu GB, Johnson SK, Gewirtz O’Brien JR, Lynch B, Kumar S. Use of Community Based Participatory Research to Design Interventions for Healthy Lifestyle in an Alternative Learning Environment. Journal of Primary Care and Community. 2021 Jan-Dec;12:21501327211014749. doi: 10.1177/21501327211014749. PMID: 33980061; PMCID: PMC8127794.
  • Lebow J, Mattke A, Narr C, Partain P, Breland R, Gewirtz O’Brien JR, Geske J, Billings M, Clark MM, Jacobson RM, Phelan S, Harbeck-Weber C, LeGrange D, Sim L. Can adolescents with eating disorders be treated in primary care? A retrospective clinical cohort study. Journal of Eating Disorders, 2021 Apr 23;9(1):55. doi: 10.1186/s40337-021-00413-9. PMID: 33892810; PMCID: PMC8067301.
  • Gewirtz O’Brien JR, Auerswald C, English A, Ammerman S, Beharry M, Heerde JA, Kang M, Naous J, Pham DQ, Santa Maria D, Elliott A. Youth Experiencing Homelessness during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Unique Needs and Practical Strategies from International Perspectives. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021 Feb;68(2):236-240. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.11.005. PubMed PMID: 33541600.
  • Gewirtz O’Brien JR, Mattke A, Narr C, Billings M, LeGrange D, Sim L, Lebow J. Addressing Disparities in Adolescent Eating Disorders: A case report of family-based treatment in primary care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.11.003
  • Lebow J, Narr C, Mattke A, Gewirtz O'Brien JR, Billings M, Hathaway J, Vickers K, Jacobson R, Sim L. Engaging primary care providers in managing pediatric eating disorders: a mixed methods study. Journal of Eating Disorders. 2021 Jan 14;9(1):11. doi: 10.1186/s40337-020-00363-8. PMID: 33446274; PMCID: PMC7807397.
  • Gewirtz O'Brien JR, Gower AL, McRee AL. Variation in Health Among Unstably Housed Youth From Cities, Suburbs, Towns, and Rural Areas. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020 Dec 17;. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.11.013. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33342720.
  • Sieving R, Mehus CJ, Catallozzi M, Grilo S, McRee AL, Steiner R, Gewirtz O’Brien J, Denight E, Gorzkowski J, Klein J, Santelli J. Understanding Primary Care Providers’ Perceptions and Practices in Implementing Confidential Sexual Health Services for Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2020; 67:569-575. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.03.035.
  • Gewirtz O’Brien JR, Barnes AJ, Scal PB, McRee AL. Preventive Healthcare Utilization among Youths Who Have Run Away, Experienced Homelessness, or Been Stably Housed [published online ahead of print, 2020 July 7]. JAMA Pediatrics, 2020;10.1001/doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.1858
  • Gewirtz O'Brien JR, Edinburgh LD, Barnes AJ, McRee AL. Mental Health Outcomes Among Homeless, Runaway, and Stably Housed Youth. Pediatrics. 2020;e20192674. doi:10.1542/peds.2019-2674
  • Gambon TB, Gewirtz O'Brien JR; Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child And Family Health, Council on Community Pediatrics. Runaway Youth: Caring for the Nation's Largest Segment of Missing Children [American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report]. Pediatrics. 2020;145(2):e20193752. doi:10.1542/peds.2019-3752
  • Gewirtz O'Brien JR, Moynihan M, Saewyc E, Edinburgh LD. Featured Counter-Trafficking Program: The Minnesota Runaway Intervention Program. Child Abuse Negl. 2020;100:104141. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104141
  • Lebow J, O'Brien JRG, Mattke A, et al. A primary care modification of family-based treatment for adolescent restrictive eating disorders. Eat Disord. 2019;1–14. doi:10.1080/10640266.2019.1656468
  • Saewyc EM, Gewirtz O'Brien JR, Miller KK, Edinburgh LD. The Links Between Sexual Abuse Severity, Running Away, and Parental Connectedness Among Youth at a Hospital-Based Child Advocacy Center. J Adolesc Health. 2019;65(3):378–383. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.04.027
  • Sieving RE, Gewirtz O'Brien JR, Saftner MA, Argo TA. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among US Adolescents and Young Adults: Patterns, Clinical Considerations, and Prevention. Nurs Clin North Am. 2019;54(2):207–225. doi:10.1016/j.cnur.2019.02.002


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics- Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics- Adolescent Medicine

Hospital Privileges

Adolescent Medicine Physician, Department of Pediatrics, Hennepin Healthcare