Kirsten Hawkins, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM is an adolescent-medicine specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH). In addition, she is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

At MGUH, she is the program director for the pediatric residency and the chief of the adolescent medicine section.  In these roles she provides clinical and academic instruction for more than 60 pediatric and medicine-pediatric residents and 200 medical students annually.

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 current member of the MedStar Teaching Scholars program which will includes the AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certification (MERC) and participation in the AAMC’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program. 

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 continues to serve as the co-chair of the special interest group on electronic health records. 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. 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.

She 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 also written chapters on adolescent confidentiality and transition to adult healthcare.

Her medical degree is from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She continued her training with an internship and residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center. Additionally, she completed her Masters in Public Health at George Washington University School of Public Health.

Research Interests

Dr. Hawkins research interests include:

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

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 QI 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.


Research Areas

  • Medical Education