Nadia Dowshen, MD, MSHP

Improving Health Care for Transgender Youth

Dr. Nadia Dowshen served as a Stoneleigh Fellow at PolicyLab, a research center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she led an action-oriented research project to improve health care quality and access—particularly related to HIV prevention services—for transgender youth.

Nadia is also a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she co-founded the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic which provides medical and psychosocial support to more than 1,300 transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents. In addition, she is the Director of Adolescent HIV Services in the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP and a faculty member at PolicyLab. Nadia is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Nadia’s nationally recognized research focuses on strategies to strengthen prevention and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV and to achieve health equity for marginalized youth, especially LGBT and homeless adolescents. She received the 2010 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine New Investigator Award for her work identifying protective factors against HIV infection among transgender youth. In 2019, her work was also recognized with the University of Pennsylvania Faculty Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Nadia holds a BA in urban studies, an MS in health policy research, and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stoneleigh Fellow


PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Current Position

Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


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