Renée R. Jenkins, MD, FAAP is a professor and former chair in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Howard University, and an adjunct professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C. Dr. Jenkins graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jacobi Hospital in New York City. After completing her fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Montefiore Hospital, Dr. Jenkins started an adolescent medicine program at Howard University. In 1994, Dr. Jenkins was appointed department chair of Pediatrics, serving in this capacity until March 2007. Dr. Jenkins served as national president of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2007-8. She is currently the principal investigator at Howard for the DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities, in collaboration with Children’s National Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University Pediatrics Department, Primary Care Division.

Dr. Jenkins’ research focuses on adolescent pregnancy prevention. Her publications and presentations range from adolescent health and sexuality to violence prevention and health issues of minority children. She lectures throughout the United States and abroad.