Kirsten Barry Hawkins, MD,MPH| Adolescent Medicine, Pediatrics | MedStar Health
Kirsten Barry Hawkins

Kirsten Barry Hawkins, MD, MPH
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Adolescent Medicine, Pediatrics

Languages: Spanish, English


About me

Kirsten Hawkins, MD, is an adolescent medicine specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Hawkins discovered her love for adolescent medicine during medical school. She went on to complete adolescent medicine subspecialty training after her pediatric residency, focusing on the unique needs of teenage patients and their families.

Adolescent medicine combines Dr. Hawkins' interest in different areas of medicine, including sports medicine, endocrinology, gynecology and reproductive health. An athlete as a teen and an avid cyclist and skier today, she also offers first-hand experience in the areas of nutrition and sports medicine. With an educational and multidisciplinary approach to care, Dr. Hawkins helps teens and their families navigate the many physical and emotional changes of adolescence. She works with a patient-focused team that includes a dietician and works collaboratively with community based behavioral health specialists.

Dr. Hawkins is a fellow of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She has received several honors for her teaching and research including the John Eisenberg Career Development Award from the Georgetown Women in Medicine. She is a graduate of the MedStar Teaching Scholars program which included the AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certification (MERC) and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Programs.

Dr. Hawkins is active in several professional societies. She is the former president of the Chesapeake Regional chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and has served on the national subcommittee on electronic health record.  She is a former member of the board of the District of Columbia’s chapter of the AAP and served as chair of the nominating committee. She is the current chair of the committee on Adolescent Health and the chapter's E Cigarette Champion working to reduce teen vaping. She is a faculty member of the Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Adolescent Reproductive Health Education Project. She is board certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Hawkins has testified before the District of Columbia’s City Council on topics ranging from concussions to health education in schools.

Dr. Hawkins is frequently invited to speak at meetings of professional societies. Her lecture topics include adolescent confidentiality in the digital age, menstrual disorders, teen substance abuse, adolescent vaccination, adolescent transition to adult care, and communicating with teens. Dr. Hawkins is a reviewer for the Journal of Adolescent Health and the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Her research has been published in scientific journals, including the Journal of Adolescent Health, Pediatric Dermatology, Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, and Research and Health Education & Behavior. She has written chapters on adolescent confidentiality and transition to adult healthcare.

Dr. Hawkins research interests include:

  • Adolescent Transition to Adult Health Care
  • Adolescent Confidentiality
  • Pediatric Medical Education
  • Teaching Communication Skills
  • Adolescent Cancer Prevention
  • Adolescent nicotine use and prevention 

Dr. Hawkins is an associate professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, chief of the adolescent medicine section at MedStar Georgetown and in July 2014, became the director of the pediatric residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In these roles she provides clinical and academic instruction for more than 60 pediatric and medicine-pediatric residents and 200 medical students annually.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Acne
  • Adolescent Health
  • Anxiety
  • Concussion Testing
  • Depression
  • Disturbance Of Attention
  • Eating Disorders
  • Headache
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Sports Physical Exam
  • Vaginal Candidiasis
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Concern
  • Concussion
  • Depression
  • Disturbance Of Attention
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Dysthymia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Headache
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Migraine
  • Mood Disorders
  • School Anxiety
  • School Related Problems
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
  • Skin Disease
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Substance Addiction
  • Syncope
  • Underweight
  • Unexpected Weight Loss
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vaginal Candidiasis
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Procedures I perform

  • Adolescent Health
  • Birth Control Counseling
  • Blood Test
  • Camp Physicals
  • Concussion Testing
  • Cryotherapy For Skin Lesions
  • HIV Testing
  • School Physical
  • Sports Physical Exam
  • Transgender Care
  • Well Child Exam
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Practice locations

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4200 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Suite 400
Washington, DC, 20016


Fax 202-243-3434

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Tricare East Select
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Virginia Premier
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • United Choice
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Aetna HMO
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • United Golden Rule
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Kaiser Select
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • I-SNP
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • United Navigate
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • D-SNP)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Choice Plus
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine

Fellowship Program: Childrens National Medical Center (2006)

Residency Program: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2003)

Internship Program: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2001)

Medical School: University of Connecticut- School of Medicine (2000)

News and publications

Selected Research:

Pediatric to Adult Transition: A Quality Improvement Model for Primary Care
Dr. Hawkins and colleagues published in the Journal of Adolescent Health on this project in 2014. The quality improvement model is now being replicated in health systems across the country.

The Effects of Framed Messages for Engaging Adolescents with Online Smoking Prevention Interventions: 
Dr. Hawkins and colleagues have presented research with online smoking prevention interventions at Pediatrics Academic Society and published the work in Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, And Research

Recommendations for Electronic Health Record Use for Delivery of Adolescent Health Care
Dr. Hawkins and colleagues on the Electronic Health Committee from the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine published a position paper on the use of electronic health records with special consideration for adolescent confidentiality and privacy.