Research Overview

The goals of Jonathan Finkelstein's research are to:

  • Promote judicious antibiotic use in primary care practice.
  • Measure trends in community antibiotic resistance among key pathogens.
  • Develop new research methods and infrastructure to measure and improve the quality of care for children.

His research has included a wide range of epidemiologic studies of disease burden in defined populations. He has also conducted cluster-randomized behavior change intervention trials for both providers and patients to improve asthma care and to promote more judicious antibiotic prescribing.  Currently, he leads a decade-long longitudinal study of antibiotic resistance in eight Massachusetts communities. 

About Jonathan Finkelstein, MD, MPH

Jonathan Finkelstein received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed an internship, residency and fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.  Dr. Finkelstein is the Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes and holds the Donald M. Berwick Chair in Pediatric Quality and Outcomes at Boston Children’s Hospital.  He co-directs a training program for pediatric health services researchers and teaches extensively at Harvard Medical School.

Active Projects

2010-2015 Conjugate vaccine impact on pneumococcal carriage, disease, and population genetics

NIH-NIAID 2 R01 AI066304-05
Principal Investigator

This research continues the examination of trends in pneumococcal colonizing and invasive disease isolates, will assess shifts in pneumococcal population structure by MLST, and use whole genome sequencing to identify potential genetic determinants associated with serotype switching and invasiveness.

2010-2015 Emerging trends in antimicrobial use and their impact on primary care for children

NIH-NICHD 1K24HD060786
Principal Investigator

This mid-career development award allows investigation of antibiotic use trends using data from 3 health plans, as well as conducting a parent survey regarding current views of antibiotic use among the general public. It also allows Dr. Finkelstein to focus additional effort on mentorship activities in his roles as a research fellowship director.

2013-2018 Research Training in Prevention and Care of Chronic Illness in Childhood

NICHD 1T32HD075727-01
Principal Investigator

This NRSA program supports training for researchers to study prevention and care delivery for children, particularly those with chronic conditions.  It will include research on childhood risk factors for disease; and methods to transform health systems to deliver more effective, coordinated care. The program will support trainee stipends and tuition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and other fellowship expenses.

2013-2018 Training in child health services research and implementation science     

AHRQ 2T32HS000063-20
Principal Investigator

This grant supports an NRSA post-doctoral fellowship program for health services researchers across pediatric subspecialties with a focus on training in implementation science. The program will support trainee stipends and tuition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and other fellowship expenses.

Researcher Services

Researcher Areas

  • Antibiotic Use
  • Population Medicine
  • Managed Care
  • Quality Measurement and Improvement

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