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Dr. John Santelli, MD, MPH

Dr. John Santelli, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who serves as the chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He is a Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Senior Consultant at the Guttmacher Institute.

Prior to coming to New York, he was the Chief of the Applied Sciences Branch in the Division of Reproductive Health at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has conducted research on HIV/STD risk behaviors, programs to prevent STD/HIV/unintended pregnancy among adolescents and women, school-based health centers, clinical preventive services, and research ethics. He has been a national leader in ensuring that adolescents are appropriately included in health research, and has focused much of his recent work on sexual health education and the impacts of abstinence-only programs.

Dr. Santelli received his MD from the Buffalo School of Medicine and his MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Santelli completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine in 1987 at U of Maryland Hospital. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, American Journal of Sexuality Education, and AIDS Education and Prevention.

In 2011, Dr. Santelli began a 3-year term as President-elect, President, and Past President for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). Founded in 1968, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development and research. Dr. Santelli is the lead author on two SAHM position papers: Guidelines for Adolescent Health Research and Abstinence-Only Education Policies and Programs.