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John S. Santelli

Chair, Population and Family Health
Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor of Population and Family Health

Professor of Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. John Santelli, Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who joined the School of Public Health at Columbia University in 2004.

Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia, he served as the Chief of the Applied Sciences Branch in the Division of Reproductive Health at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he directed CDC efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. Dr. Santelli 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 and advocate in ensuring that adolescents are appropriately included in health research. Dr. Santelli serves as a senior consultant for the Alan Guttmacher Institute and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Adolescent Health and AIDS Education and Prevention. In March 2012, Dr. Santelli was named President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM).
Education & Training:

    MPH, 1986, Johns Hopkins University

    MD, 1982, Buffalo School of Medicine


Mailman School Affiliations:

  • Center for Community Health and Education

Additional Affiliations:

  • Chair, Science Board, American Public Health Association
  • Member, ACOG Committee on Adolescent Health
Honors and Awards:
  • Healthy Tenn Network, Researcher of the Year. 2009
  • James Virgil Peavy Workforce Development Award. 2005
  • Outstanding Unit Citation, HHS Terrorist Response Team, 2002
  • Outstanding Service Medal, US Public Health Service, 2001
  • Distinguished Service Award, American School Health Association, 1997
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Editorial Board, Journal of Adolescent Health
    • Editorial Board, AIDS Education and Prevention
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