Charles E. Irwin Jr., MD

Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Director, National Adolescent Health Information Center

Charles E. Irwin, Jr., M.D.
serves the Project Director for the Adolescent and Young Adult Health (AYAH) Resource Center, and Co-Principal Investigator for the AYAH Research Network. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, and Director of Health Policy in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM).

Dr. Irwin is a graduate of Hobart College, Dartmouth Medical School and UCSF. His current health services research program focuses on improving preventive screening practices in clinical settings and the financial and structural issues altering adolescents and young adults ability to access health care in the United States.  He has received numerous awards including the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Outstanding Achievement Award; the American Academy of Pediatrics Adele D. Hofmann Award in Adolescent Medicine; the Swedish Medical Society’s Lectureship Award; the National Center for Youth Law’s Annual Award for Improving the Lives of At Risk Youth; the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Hillary E.C. Millar Award for innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care and most recently he received the SAHM’s Iris Litt Research Professorship Award.  He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and several chapters in medical textbooks.  He served as the first Chairman of the Subspecialty Board in Adolescent Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics; Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Healthcare Research and Quality Subcommittee on Quality Measures for Children’s Healthcare; President of The Society for Adolescent Medicine and a member of the Executive Council of the Section of Adolescent Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He has served on the Institute of Medicine/ National Academies Committee on the Health, Well-Being and Safety of Young Adults; the Committee on Improving the Health Care Services for Adolescents and the Committee that wrote Losing Generations: Adolescents in High Risk Settings.