Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease

  • Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics - Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease


Jeffrey S. Kahn, M.D., Ph.D., received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University. He received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Dr. Kahn completed his internship, residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at Yale University and the Children’s Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Kahn stayed at Yale University to complete training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Thereafter, he joined the faculty at Yale University in the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2009.

Dr. Kahn’s research efforts have been focused on human respiratory viruses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and new emerging human viruses. His laboratory was the first or among the first laboratories in the United States to describe the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of several newly identified viruses including human metapneumovirus, coronaviruses NL63 and HKU1, human bocavirus and polyomavirus WUV.  His laboratory has described the molecular epidemiology of RSV and has characterized the glycoprotein sequences, completed phylogenetic analyses and defined the biological properties (e.g. induction of cytokines and chemokines) and induced gene expression profiles (using RNA-SEQ) of many of these RSV strains in primary human cells. Dr. Kahn’s current research efforts are focuses on mapping RSV phenotypes in the viral genome.

Dr. Kahn is the Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Director of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Kahn is the Medical Director of Research at Children’s Medical Center.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Yale University School of Medicine (1995-1998), Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Chief Resident - Yale-New Haven Hospital (1994-1995), Pediatrics
  • Residency - Yale-New Haven Hospital (1991-1994), Pediatrics
  • Medical School - SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine (1983-1991)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society of Pediatric Research (2001)
  • American Society of Microbiology (2001)
  • American Society of Virology (2002)
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (2010)
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist, (2014-2018, 2020-2022)
  • Pediatric Chair’s Award, Yale University School of Medicine 2005
  • Mae Gailani Junior Faculty Award, Yale University School of Medicine 2002
Books & Publications
  • Respiratory syncytial virus
  • Recombinant negative stand RNA viruses
  • Emerging pathogens
  • Cellular responses to RSV infection

Clinical Focus

  • Infectious Disease

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