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Jennifer C. Kesselheim, MD, M.Ed, MBE

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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Jennifer C. Kesselheim, MD, M.Ed, MBE


  • Associate Fellowship Program Director for Education
  • Senior Physician
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Interests

  • Bioethics
  • Hematologic malignancies
  • Medical education

Diseases Treated

Contact Information

  • Appointments888-733-4662 (New Pediatric Patients)
    617-632-3270 (Established Pediatric Patients)
  • Fax617-632-4410

Board Certification:

  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2009
  • Pediatrics, 2005


  • Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


  • Boston Combined Residency Program, Boston Children's Hospital/Boston Medical Center, Pediatrics

Medical School:

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


Ethics, Medical education

As a faculty member in pediatric hematology/oncology, I have sought to blend the clinical practice of pediatric oncology with research and leadership in medical education, especially regarding ethics and professionalism training.  I have formal training in both ethics and educational theory, and conduct rigorous empirical research at the interface of medical education and ethics.  I seek to develop evidence-based pedagogy to help improve ethics and professionalism training of future clinicians.

My development as an ethicist began when I integrated my medical school education with a Master's degree in bioethics.  As a pediatrics resident, I first endeavored to develop curricula in ethics, humanism, and professionalism that were applicable to the continuum of medical education.  My curriculum development was informed by a national survey I conducted to measure the outcomes of pediatric residency training in ethics.  After these experiences, I completed the Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Fellowship in Medical Ethics and Harvard Medical School, and I earned a Master's degree in Education during my pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship.  I have developed expertise in principles of medical ethics, clinical study design related to educational outcomes in ethics, survey development, curriculum implementation and impact measurement, and principles of adult learning. 

I apply these skills to ongoing investigations in three main areas: (1) Surveys that measure the process and outcomes of training in ethics, humanism, and professionalism; (2) Novel assessment instruments that measure physician performance, particularly in non-technical arenas; and (3) Developing studies of other research questions salient to professionalism in graduate medical education such as the optimal balance of service vs. education and the professionalism challenges imposed by residents’ use of social networking sites.

Kesselheim JC, Johnson J, Joffe S. Ethics consultation in free-standing at children’s hospitals: Results from a survey of pediatric clinical ethicists. Pediatrics 2010; 125(4): 742-6.

Kesselheim JC, Sectish T, Joffe S.  Professionalism Education in Pediatric Residency Training: Results of a Study of Pediatric Residency Program Directors.  The Journal of Graduate Medical Education 2012; 4(1): 101-5.

Kesselheim JC, McMahon G, Joffe S.  Development of the Test of Residents’ Ethics Knowledge for Pediatrics (TREK-P).  Journal of Graduate Medical Education.  2012; 4(2): 242-5.

Kesselheim J , Garvey K, Sectish T, Vinci R. Fostering humanism and professionalism in pediatric residency training. MedEdPORTAL; 2010. Available from:

Kesselheim JC, Cassel CK  Service: an essential component of graduate medical education.  N Engl J Med 2013; 368(6):500-501.


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