John Santelli, MD, MPH

Chair

Dr. John Santelli is the Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a Senior Fellow at the Guttmacher Institute. Dr. Santelli is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist. Between 1991 and 2004, he worked in a variety of Divisions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on research related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health. This research has included studies on trends in adolescent pregnancy, HIV/STD risk behaviors, programs to prevent STD/HIV/unintended pregnancy, school-based health care, and research ethics. He has been a national leader in ensuring that adolescents are appropriately included in health research and have access to medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education. Dr. Santelli received his MD from the Buffalo School of Medicine and his MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University. 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.