Kristen Feemster MD, MPH, MSHP

Kristen A. Feemster is a faculty member at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at CHOP and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Feemster is also medical director of the Philadelphia Department of Health Immunization Program.

Dr. Feemster’s research portfolio reflects a longstanding interest in public health and a commitment to improve outcomes for children by addressing contextual factors that may impact disease risk and access to health services. This has resulted in two complimentary foci: 1) understanding how environmental factors, social networks, and community systems affect the epidemiology of infectious diseases; and 2) evaluating policies related to the prevention of pediatric infectious diseases, specifically vaccine policies. Her current research includes vaccine acceptance among parents and immunization providers in the U.S. and internationally, community-based interventions to improve vaccine uptake, neighborhood factors associated with the incidence of pertussis and influenza, and health-care associated respiratory infection in the pediatric ambulatory setting. This body of work has also demonstrated the importance of understanding the drivers of health-related behaviors and adoption of new recommendations to ensure effective policy implementation. She has collaborated with the Philadelphia Department of Health and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.

In addition to her research, Dr. Feemster is a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (Penn) and a physician scientist with the Vaccine Education Center (CHOP). She also serves on the Advisory Commission for Childhood Vaccines that advises the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and the advisory board for Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDS.ORG).

Dr. Feemster received her M.D. and an M.P.H. in Population and Family Health from Columbia University Schools of Medicine and Public Health in New York City. She completed pediatric residency at CHOP then pursued a dual fellowship training program in health services research and pediatric infectious diseases: she was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program at Penn, completing a Master of Science degree in Health Policy Research then returned to CHOP for pediatric infectious diseases training. She joined the faculty in her current position in 2010.