Over the past 13 years, Dr. Jennifer Kwon, MD, MPH has been an Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester. In this position, she sees children with a myriad of neurologic conditions. Her research has focused on children with developmental disabilities and neurogenetic conditions. Dr. Kwon earned her BA, MPH and MD degrees at the University of Michigan. She is certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Her previous position includes serving as the interim Associate Director of the Clinic for Inherited Metabolic Disorders in the Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics where she managed the specialized care of children with metabolic disorders identified by the state newborn screening program. Dr. Kwon has a particular interest in the care for children with significant neurologic impairment. A number of child neurology patients have multiple and complicated medical needs that demand care coordination between medical services. This particular research interest has led her to develop clinical outreach programs for children with complex medical needs to allow for care to be accessed in the school setting. Currently, she is developing a program with the Mary Cariola Children’s Center, a school in Rochester, NY that serves children with complex disabilities who cannot be accommodated in their own public or private school setting. This program will allow her to see patients in a setting where they are most comfortable instead of clinical visits where they tend be difficult to see due to their equipment or behavioral needs.
Dr. Kwon is currently an expert advisor on the Condition Review Workgroup (CRW) of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (ACHDNC). The CRW’s role is to perform an independent, evidence-based review to determine the suitability and potential net benefit of screening for the nominated condition. The NBSTRN is pleased to honor Dr. Kwon for her valuable work towards improving programs for children with metabolic disorders identified through the NBS panel.