Undergraduate Degree

  • Radcliffe College , 1966 , Cambridge , MA

Medical School

  • Harvard Medical School , 1970 , Boston , MA


  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1971 , Boston , MA


  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1973 , Boston , MA


Adolescent Medicine
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1975 , Boston , MA


S. Jean Emans, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine and Robert Masland Jr. Chair in Adolescent Medicine, Co-Director of the Center for Young Women’s Health, and Director of the Office of Faculty Development at Boston Children's Hospital. She completed her undergraduate degree at Radcliffe College, her MD at Harvard Medical School, her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine also at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is the Program Director of one of the seven Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB/HRSA) Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Training Programs in the U.S. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and as President of the North American Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Gynecology. She was one of eight members of the first SubBoard of Adolescent Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has been named one of the Best Doctors in America  and is the author of several textbooks, including Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (6th edition), the websites,, and; and more than 190 articles that have focused on medical education, reproductive endocrinology, sexual abuse, contraception, gynecology, and faculty development.
Dr. Emans directs two Harvard CME courses: Adolescent Medicine, and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She co-directs the annual Harvard Medical School (HMS) joint-hospital course for Faculty Mentors and the annual HMS joint hospital Leadership Development Course for Physicians and Scientists. She has lectured extensively on pediatric and adolescent gynecology and adolescent medicine nationally and internationally including keynote addresses in Melbourne Australia, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. She co-chaired the HMS subcommittee on mentoring and was honored with the 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Adele Dellenbaugh Hofmann Adolescent Health Award, the 2009 HMS William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, the 2011 Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Staff Service Award, and the 2012 Children's Hospital Alumni Award. Dr. Emans also received the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine Award from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), the highest honor in Adolescent Medicine.


  • American Board of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine


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  1. Early COVID-19 Impact on Adolescent Health and Medicine Programs in the United States: LEAH Program Leadership Reflections. J Adolesc Health. 2020 07; 67(1):11-15. View abstract
  2. Interprofessional provider educational needs and preferences regarding the provision of sexual and reproductive health care in cystic fibrosis. J Cyst Fibros. 2019 09; 18(5):671-676. View abstract
  3. Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young Women With Cystic Fibrosis: A Concept Mapping Study. Acad Pediatr. 2019 04; 19(3):307-314. View abstract
  4. Promoting Resident Professional Development Using Scholarly Academies. Acad Pediatr. 2018 May - Jun; 18(4):477-479. View abstract
  5. The Impact of a Junior Faculty Fellowship Award on Academic Advancement and Retention. Acad Med. 2017 08; 92(8):1160-1167. View abstract
  6. Establishing Effective Mentoring Networks: Rationale and Strategies. MedEdPORTAL. 2017 Apr 18; 13:10571. View abstract
  7. Pediatric Hospital Medicine: A Proposed New Subspecialty. Pediatrics. 2017 Mar; 139(3). View abstract
  8. Total Direct Medical Expenses and Characteristics of Privately Insured Adolescents Who Incur High Costs. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Oct; 169(10):e152682. View abstract
  9. Sense of Mission and Sexual Health Outcomes Among Young Adult Women. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Dec; 29(6):567-570. View abstract
  10. Leadership in adolescent health: developing the next generation of maternal child health leaders through mentorship. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Feb; 19(2):308-13. View abstract
  11. Developmental networks in translational science. Transl Res. 2015 Apr; 165(4):531-6. View abstract
  12. Utility of ultrasound in the diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome in adolescents. Fertil Steril. 2014 Nov; 102(5):1432-8. View abstract
  13. Contraceptive counseling: does it make a difference? J Adolesc Health. 2014 Apr; 54(4):367-8. View abstract
  14. Academic women faculty: are they finding the mentoring they need? J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Nov; 21(11):1201-8. View abstract
  15. Part-time physician faculty in a pediatrics department: a study of equity in compensation and academic advancement. Acad Med. 2011 Aug; 86(8):968-73. View abstract
  16. Hormonal contraception and thrombotic risk: a multidisciplinary approach. Pediatrics. 2011 Feb; 127(2):347-57. View abstract
  17. Adolescent medicine: workforce trends and recommendations. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Dec; 164(12):1086-90. View abstract
  18. Salivary progesterone levels before menarche: a prospective study of adolescent girls. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Jul; 95(7):3507-11. View abstract
  19. Improving adolescent and young adult health - training the next generation of physician scientists in transdisciplinary research. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Feb; 46(2):100-9. View abstract
  20. Ovarian tissue autologous transplantation to the upper extremity for girls receiving abdominal/pelvic radiation: 20-year follow-up of reproductive endocrine function. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2010 Apr; 23(2):107-10. View abstract
  21. Gender differences in research grant applications for pediatric residents. Pediatrics. 2009 Aug; 124(2):e355-61. View abstract
  22. Managing polycystic ovary syndrome in adolescent patients. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2009 Apr; 22(2):137-40. View abstract
  23. Whose personal control? Creating private, personally controlled health records for pediatric and adolescent patients. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2008 Nov-Dec; 15(6):737-43. View abstract
  24. Controversies in contraception. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2008 Aug; 20(4):383-9. View abstract
  25. Whither PCOS? The challenges of establishing hyperandrogenism in adolescent girls. J Adolesc Health. 2008 Aug; 43(2):103-5. View abstract
  26. Polycystic ovary syndrome in adolescents. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2008 Jun; 21(3):119-28. View abstract
  27. Gender differences in research grant applications and funding outcomes for medical school faculty. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008 Mar; 17(2):207-14. View abstract
  28. Creating a faculty development office in an academic pediatric hospital: challenges and successes. Pediatrics. 2008 Feb; 121(2):390-401. View abstract
  29. Abnormal vaginal bleeding in adolescents. Pediatr Rev. 2007 May; 28(5):175-82. View abstract
  30. Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among healthy adolescents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004 Jun; 158(6):531-7. View abstract
  31. Perspectives of patients with cystic fibrosis on preventive counseling and transition to adult care. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2003 Nov; 36(5):376-83. View abstract
  32. New contraceptive methods: update 2003. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2003 Aug; 15(4):362-9. View abstract
  33. Predictors of Papanicolaou smear return in a hospital-based adolescent and young adult clinic. Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Mar; 101(3):490-9. View abstract
  34. Identification of symptoms that indicate a pelvic examination is necessary to exclude PID in adolescent women. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2003 Feb; 16(1):25-30. View abstract
  35. Effects of oral dehydroepiandrosterone on bone density in young women with anorexia nervosa: a randomized trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2002 Nov; 87(11):4935-41. View abstract
  36. Physiologic regulators of bone turnover in young women with anorexia nervosa. J Pediatr. 2002 Jul; 141(1):64-70. View abstract
  37. The association between impulsiveness and sexual risk behaviors in adolescent and young adult women. J Adolesc Health. 2002 Apr; 30(4):229-32. View abstract
  38. Screening for abnormal glucose tolerance in adolescents with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2002 Mar; 87(3):1017-23. View abstract
  39. Measurement of young women's attitudes about communication with providers regarding Papanicolaou smears. J Adolesc Health. 2001 Nov; 29(5):344-51. View abstract
  40. Intention to return for papanicolaou smears in adolescent girls and young women. Pediatrics. 2001 Aug; 108(2):333-41. View abstract
  41. The AMA Residency Training in Adolescent Preventive Services Project: report of the working group. The American Medical Association. J Adolesc Health. 2001 Jul; 29(1):50-8. View abstract
  42. Neural substrates of anorexia nervosa: a behavioral challenge study with positron emission tomography. J Pediatr. 2001 Jul; 139(1):51-7. View abstract
  43. The effect of late doses on the achievement of seroprotection and antibody titer levels with hepatitis b immunization among adolescents. Pediatrics. 2001 May; 107(5):1065-9. View abstract
  44. Development of a Bright Futures curriculum for pediatric residents. Ambul Pediatr. 2001 May-Jun; 1(3):136-40. View abstract
  45. Randomized controlled trial of a safer sex intervention for high-risk adolescent girls. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001 Jan; 155(1):73-9. View abstract
  46. Young women's health--implications for training. J Adolesc Health. 2000 Dec; 27(6):381-3. View abstract
  47. Validity of adolescent and young adult self-report of Papanicolaou smear results. Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Oct; 96(4):625-31. View abstract
  48. Contraception and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2000 Sep; 106(3):621. View abstract
  49. Endocrinologic and psychological effects of short-term dexamethasone in anorexia nervosa. Eat Weight Disord. 2000 Sep; 5(3):175-82. View abstract
  50. Confidentiality and adolescents' use of providers for health information and for pelvic examinations. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000 Sep; 154(9):885-92. View abstract
  51. Three years of a clinical practice guideline for uncomplicated pelvic inflammatory disease in adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2000 Jul; 27(1):57-62. View abstract
  52. Case-based teaching in adolescent medicine. J Adolesc Health. 2000 Apr; 26(4):241-2. View abstract
  53. Neuroanatomy of human appetitive function: A positron emission tomography investigation. Int J Eat Disord. 2000 Mar; 27(2):163-71. View abstract
  54. Eating disorders in adolescent girls. Pediatr Int. 2000 Feb; 42(1):1-7. View abstract
  55. Predictors of time to completion of the hepatitis B vaccination series among adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 1999 Nov; 25(5):323-7. View abstract
  56. Teaching residents about development and behavior: meeting the new challenge. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999 Nov; 153(11):1190-4. View abstract
  57. Beliefs about Papanicolaou smears and compliance with Papanicolaou smear follow-up in adolescents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999 Oct; 153(10):1046-54. View abstract
  58. Microlaparoscopy with conscious sedation in adolescents with suspected pelvic inflammatory disease. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1999 Aug; 12(3):149-54. View abstract
  59. Addressing sexual abuse in the primary care setting. Pediatrics. 1999 Aug; 104(2 Pt 1):270-5. View abstract
  60. Use caution when determining "virginal" vs "nonvirginal" status. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999 Jul; 153(7):773-4. View abstract
  61. Menstrual disorders. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Pediatr Clin North Am. 1999 Jun; 46(3):545-53, viii. View abstract
  62. Partner condom use among adolescent girls with sexually transmitted diseases. J Adolesc Health. 1999 May; 24(5):357-61. View abstract
  63. Choice of feeding method of adolescent mothers: does ego development play a role? J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1999 May; 12(2):83-9. View abstract
  64. Pap smears in adolescents: to screen or not to screen? Pediatrics. 1999 Mar; 103(3):673-4. View abstract
  65. Changes in bone turnover markers and menstrual function after short-term oral DHEA in young women with anorexia nervosa. J Bone Miner Res. 1999 Jan; 14(1):136-45. View abstract
  66. Adolescent males involved in pregnancy: associations of forced sexual contact and risk behaviors. J Adolesc Health. 1998 Dec; 23(6):364-9. View abstract
  67. Adolescent medicine training in pediatric residency programs: are we doing a good job? Pediatrics. 1998 Sep; 102(3 Pt 1):588-95. View abstract
  68. Evaluation of a pregnancy-testing protocol in adolescents undergoing surgery. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1998 Aug; 11(3):139-41. View abstract
  69. Should pelvic examinations and Papanicolaou cervical screening be part of preventive health care for sexually active adolescent girls? J Adolesc Health. 1998 Aug; 23(2):62-7. View abstract
  70. Emergency postcoital contraception. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1998 May; 11(2):61-72. View abstract
  71. Secondary sexual characteristics and menses in young girls. Pediatrics. 1998 May; 101(5):949-50. View abstract
  72. Aggressors or victims: gender and race in music video violence. Pediatrics. 1998 Apr; 101(4 Pt 1):669-74. View abstract
  73. Performance of Massachusetts HMOs in providing Pap smear and sexually transmitted disease screening to adolescent females. J Adolesc Health. 1998 Mar; 22(3):184-9. View abstract
  74. Gender differences in risk behaviors associated with forced or pressured sex. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998 Jan; 152(1):57-63. View abstract
  75. Attitudes of female college students toward over-the-counter availability of oral contraceptives. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1997 Nov; 10(4):203-7. View abstract
  76. Prevalence of endometriosis in adolescent girls with chronic pelvic pain not responding to conventional therapy. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1997 Nov; 10(4):199-202. View abstract
  77. Use of hormonal methods of birth control among sexually active adolescent girls. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1997 Nov; 10(4):193-8. View abstract
  78. Inducing amenorrhea during bone marrow transplantation. A pilot study of leuprolide acetate. J Reprod Med. 1997 Sep; 42(9):537-41. View abstract
  79. Follow-up of abnormal Papanicolaou smears in a hospital-based adolescent clinic. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1997 Aug; 10(3):141-5. View abstract
  80. Tobacco and alcohol use behaviors portrayed in music videos: a content analysis. Am J Public Health. 1997 Jul; 87(7):1131-5. View abstract
  81. Violence and weapon carrying in music videos. A content analysis. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997 May; 151(5):443-8. View abstract
  82. The association of sexual risk behaviors and problem drug behaviors in high school students. J Adolesc Health. 1997 May; 20(5):377-83. View abstract
  83. Menarche and beyond--do eating and exercise make a difference? Pediatr Ann. 1997 Feb; 26(2 Suppl):S137-41. View abstract
  84. Another Positive Pregnancy Test. Adolesc Med. 1996 Oct; 7(3):361-368. View abstract
  85. Adolescent medicine. Curr Opin Pediatr. 1996 Aug; 8(4):299-300. View abstract
  86. Nutritional vitamin B12 deficiency and folate deficiency in an adolescent patient presenting with anemia, weight loss, and poor school performance. J Adolesc Health. 1996 Jul; 19(1):76-9. View abstract
  87. Follow-up study of adolescent girls with a history of premature pubarche. J Adolesc Health. 1996 Apr; 18(4):301-5. View abstract
  88. Evaluations of children who have disclosed sexual abuse via facilitated communication. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995 Nov; 149(11):1288-9. View abstract
  89. A clinical pathway for pelvic inflammatory disease for use on an inpatient service. Clin Perform Qual Health Care. 1995 Oct-Dec; 3(4):185-96. View abstract
  90. Follow-up of pregnant teens at a hospital-based clinic. J Adolesc Health. 1995 Sep; 17(3):193-7. View abstract
  91. High-risk behaviors among high school students in Massachusetts who use anabolic steroids. Pediatrics. 1995 Aug; 96(2 Pt 1):268-72. View abstract
  92. Exposure to violence and victimization and depression, hopelessness, and purpose in life among adolescents living in and around public housing. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1995 Aug; 16(4):233-7. View abstract
  93. Consensual sexual intercourse. Pediatrics. 1995 Jul; 96(1 Pt 1):169; author reply 169-70. View abstract
  94. Adolescent medicine 1995. J Pediatr. 1995 Mar; 126(3):387-8. View abstract
  95. Adolescent sexuality and reproductive health. Compr Ther. 1995; 21(3):127-34. View abstract
  96. Adolescent medicine. Curr Opin Pediatr. 1994 Aug; 6(4):365-7. View abstract
  97. Hymenal findings in adolescent women: impact of tampon use and consensual sexual activity. J Pediatr. 1994 Jul; 125(1):153-60. View abstract
  98. Hypermenorrhea and anovulatory cycles in the adolescent. Curr Ther Endocrinol Metab. 1994; 5:210-5. View abstract
  99. Adolescent medicine. Curr Opin Pediatr. 1993 Aug; 5(4):393-4. View abstract
  100. Vulvovaginitis in the child and adolescent. Pediatr Rev. 1993 Apr; 14(4):141-7. View abstract
  101. A pilot study of AIDS education and counseling of high-risk adolescents in an office setting. J Adolesc Health. 1993 Mar; 14(2):115-9. View abstract
  102. Cholesterol screening in the adolescent. J Adolesc Health. 1993 Mar; 14(2):104-8. View abstract
  103. Growth in female gymnasts: should training decrease during puberty? J Pediatr. 1993 Feb; 122(2):237-40. View abstract
  104. Sexual abuse of children and adolescents. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 1992 Dec; 4(6):843-8. View abstract
  105. Appearance of the hymen in prepubertal girls. Pediatrics. 1992 Mar; 89(3):387-94. View abstract
  106. Contraceptive compliance with a levonorgestrel triphasic and a norethindrone monophasic oral contraceptive in adolescent patients. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1992 Mar; 166(3):901-7. View abstract
  107. Sexual abuse in girls: what have we learned about genital anatomy? J Pediatr. 1992 Feb; 120(2 Pt 1):258-60. View abstract
  108. Perineal confusion. Pediatrics. 1992 Jan; 89(1):171-2. View abstract
  109. Society for Adolescent Medicine Position Paper on Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 1991 Dec; 12(8):649-61. View abstract
  110. Suspected child sexual abuse. Pediatr Emerg Care. 1991 Oct; 7(5):302-4. View abstract
  111. Significance of Gardnerella vaginalis in a prepubertal female. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1991 Sep; 10(9):709-10. View abstract
  112. First catch urine sediment for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae culture in adolescent males with pyuria. J Adolesc Health. 1991 Jun; 12(4):329-34. View abstract
  113. Estrogen deficiency in adolescents and young adults: impact on bone mineral content and effects of estrogen replacement therapy. Obstet Gynecol. 1990 Oct; 76(4):585-92. View abstract
  114. Introital diameter as the criterion for sexual abuse. Pediatrics. 1990 Feb; 85(2):222-3. View abstract
  115. Human papilloma virus infection in the pediatric and adolescent patient. J Pediatr. 1989 Jul; 115(1):1-9. View abstract
  116. Sample sexual assault data sheet. Pediatrics. 1989 Jun; 83(6):1073-4. View abstract
  117. Anorexia nervosa, athletics, and amenorrhea. Pediatr Clin North Am. 1989 Jun; 36(3):533-49. View abstract
  118. Treatment with dexamethasone of androgen excess in adolescent patients. J Pediatr. 1988 May; 112(5):821-6. View abstract
  119. Dipstick leukocyte esterase activity in first-catch urine specimens. A useful screening test for detecting sexually transmitted disease in the adolescent male. JAMA. 1987 Oct 09; 258(14):1932-4. View abstract
  120. Adolescents' compliance with the use of oral contraceptives. JAMA. 1987 Jun 26; 257(24):3377-81. View abstract
  121. Genital findings in sexually abused, symptomatic and asymptomatic, girls. Pediatrics. 1987 May; 79(5):778-85. View abstract
  122. Treatment of common genital infections in adolescents. J Adolesc Health Care. 1987 Jan; 8(1):129-36. View abstract
  123. Vulvovaginitis in the child and adolescent. Pediatr Rev. 1986 Jul; 8(1):12-9. View abstract
  124. Final height in estrogen-treated patients with Turner syndrome. Obstet Gynecol. 1984 Oct; 64(4):459-64. View abstract
  125. The relationships of calculated percent body fat, sports participation, age, and place of residence on menstrual patterns in healthy adolescent girls at an independent New England high school. J Adolesc Health Care. 1984 Oct; 5(4):248-53. View abstract
  126. The athletic adolescent with amenorrhea. Pediatr Ann. 1984 Aug; 13(8):605, 612. View abstract
  127. Adolescent menstrual irregularity. J Reprod Med. 1984 Jun; 29(6):399-410. View abstract
  128. Detection of late-onset 21-hydroxylase deficiency congenital adrenal hyperplasia in adolescents. Pediatrics. 1983 Nov; 72(5):690-5. View abstract
  129. Pharyngeal gonorrhea. Pediatrics. 1983 Apr; 71(4):670-1. View abstract
  130. The sexually active teenager. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1983 Mar; 4(1):37-42. View abstract
  131. Hematologic abnormalities in adolescents who take oral contraceptive pills. J Pediatr. 1982 Nov; 101(5):771-4. View abstract
  132. Factors associated with compliance to oral contraceptive use in an adolescent population. J Adolesc Health Care. 1982 Sep; 3(2):120-3. View abstract
  133. Dysuria in adolescent girls: urinary tract infection or vaginitis? Pediatrics. 1982 Aug; 70(2):299-301. View abstract
  134. Oligomenorrhea in adolescent girls. J Pediatr. 1980 Nov; 97(5):815-9. View abstract
  135. Contraindications to the pill. Pediatrics. 1980 Oct; 66(4):643-4. View abstract
  136. Adolescent endometriosis. J Adolesc Health Care. 1980 Sep; 1(1):37-41. View abstract
  137. Laparoscopy in the diagnosis and management of pelvic pain in adolescents. J Reprod Med. 1980 Jun; 24(6):251-6. View abstract
  138. The gynecologic examination of the prepubertal child with vulvovaginitis: use of the knee-chest position. Pediatrics. 1980 Apr; 65(4):758-60. View abstract
  139. New insights into the old problem of chronic pelvic pain. J Pediatr Surg. 1979 Dec; 14(6):675-80. View abstract
  140. Asymptomatic bacteriuria in adolescent girls: I. Epidemiology. Pediatrics. 1979 Oct; 64(4):433-7. View abstract
  141. Asymptomatic bacteriuria in adolescent girls: II. Screening methods. Pediatrics. 1979 Oct; 64(4):438-41. View abstract