Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Health

Dr. Iris Borowsky

Iris W. Borowsky, MD, PhD, Professor & Division Director, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Health 

The Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health is committed to generating, applying, and disseminating new knowledge which contributes to the optimal health, well-being, and life course of all children and adolescents.

Education & Training

Through its Interdisciplinary Fellowship & LEAH programs, the Division prepares pre- and post-doctoral fellows from the disciplines of medicine, social work, nursing, psychology, nutrition, and public health for leadership careers in academia, public agencies, and youth-serving community-based organizations, including local, state, and national and social service organizations. 

In addition to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships, we offer accredited medical fellowships in Adolescent Medicine and Academic General Pediatrics.

Learn more about our current fellows and hear from our graduates.

Patient Care

Our division collaborates with several community clinics to provide pediatric services from birth to young adulthood. We provide general pediatric primary care as well as specialty care in adolescent health. Areas of expertise and interest include healthy youth development, positive parenting, care coordination for children and youth with chronic conditions, advancing health equity among vulnerable youth and under-resourced populations, and addressing social determinants of health.

Adolescent Health Clinics & Centers

Adolescent medicine faculty in our division see adolescent and young adult patients and supervise residents and fellows at the following sites:

  • Fairview Children's Clinic, staffed by Dr. Nimi Singh.  Adolescents are seen not only for well-adolescent care, but also for anxiety, depression, school difficulties, and for help managing chronic and complex health issues.
  • Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC), staffed by Dr. Iris Borowsky.  This clinic serves diverse populations drawn primarily from the Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese), East African (Somali), and Native American (Ojibwe) communities.
  • St. Joseph's Community Clinic.  This site provides comprehensive preventive and acute care for adolescents referred from the foster care system, from juvenile corrections, and from other residential treatment facilities.  Residents and fellows train at this site with Dr. Peter Scal.
  • Macalaster Health and Wellness Center.  Residents and fellows see young adult patients at this college health clinic, supervised by adjunct faculty member Dr. Stephanie Walters.

Research

Faculty  and trainees pursue a wide range of research interests. Ensuring that our research informs practice, policy, and programming is a division priority. We strongly believe that our work must meet community needs, in community settings. 

Congratulations to our fellows who have recently presented their research at both local and national levels. Read more about their research presentations here

Read more about our research programs

Our faculty, staff and trainees are engaged in a range of research to improve the lives of children, adolescents, young adults and families.

Healthy Environments for Vulnerable Youth Program

Dr. Marla Eisenberg and colleagues conduct both qualitative and quantitative research on a wide variety of social factors and how they are associated with the well-being of adolescents and young adults, with particular attention to vulnerable groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth, those with disabilities, and those who are overweight. Social factors include characteristics of the family and peer group (e.g. bullying experience); school resources, climate, and characteristics (e.g. presence of a gender/sexuality student organization); and features of the neighborhood or community (e.g. political climate, public policy). We capitalize on existing youth surveillance data to create multilevel quantitative datasets for hierarchical analysis. Qualitative methods with youth, parents, and professionals include interviews, focus groups, and other novel techniques.

 

Preventive Health Services for Adolescents and Young Adults

Dr. Annie-Laurie McRee and colleagues conduct research on a preventive health services for adolescents and young adults, with particular attention to vulnerable groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer/questioning youth; homeless youth; and young people living in rural areas. Key areas of focus include behavioral, public health, and health services approaches to increasing adolescent and young adult vaccination, particularly vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) and to improving young people’s receipt of quality preventive services.

 

Shlafer Laboratory for Research on Criminal Justice and Health

Dr. Rebecca Shlafer and colleagues conduct both qualitative and quantitative research on the intersections of criminal justice and health. Our work includes a focus on the impacts of maternal incarceration for child health and development, with an intentional focus on the experiences of pregnant women in prison.