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Kristen A. Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHPR, FAAP

Attending Physician

Physician-scientist, Vaccine Education Center

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


2010, Fellow’s Travel Grant Awardee, Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting

2009, Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness Pilot Grant Program Awardee, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2008, Finalist-Young Investigator Award, Society for Adolescent Medicine

2007, Eisenberg Scholar Research Award- The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

2005, Philadelphia Pediatric Society Award for Commitment to Community Pediatrics

2005, Nancy Elizabeth Barnhart Award for Dedication to Children in the Community, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2002, William Perry Watson Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics, Columbia University

2002, Clinical and Research Training in Malaria Fellowship Program In Tropical Medicine, Mali, West Africa

1997, Bohmfalk Merit Scholarship, Columbia University

1996, Americorps Education Award for Service

1995, Masters Prize for Citizenship, Yale University


Feemster KA. Dysuria. In: Shah SS, editor. Pediatric Practice: Infectious Diseases. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2009.

Feemster KA, Fein J. Influenza. In: Schwartz MW, Bell LM, Bingham PM, et al., editors. 5Minute Pediatric Consult. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.

Feemster KA, Winters SE, Lavelle 1. Human Papillomavirus. In: Schwartz MW, Bell LM, Bingham PM, et al., editors. 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.

Lauren CT, Sen S, Feemster KA, Wood IN, McKay CP. (2005). Nephrology. In Frank G, Catalozzi M, Shah SS, Zaoutis L, editors. Inpatient Pediatrics: The Philadelphia Guide. Boston: Blackwell Publishing. p. 240-258.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions


2011-present, Epidemiology and Infection
2010-present, American Journal of Public Health
2010-present, Pediatric Emergency Care
2008-present, Academic Pediatrics
2008-present, Pediatrics
2008, Journal of Adolescent Health


Memberships in Professional Organizations

2012-present, Advisory Board Member and Contributor, Parents of Kids With Infectious Diseases

2011-present, Commissioner, Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2009-present, Infectious Diseases Society of America

2002-present, American Academy of Pediatrics (Fellow)

Original Papers


Feemster KA, Li Y, Grundmeier R, Localio AR, Metlay JP. Validation of a pediatric primary care network in a US metropolitan region as a community-based infectious disease surveillance system. International Perspectives on Infectious Diseases. 2011;2011:219859. Epub 2011 Dec 7. Cited in PubMed; PMCID: PMC3236467. Read the article

Hughes CC, Jones AL, Feemster KA, Fiks A. HPV vaccine decision making in pediatric primary care: a semi-structured interview study. BMC Pediatrics, 2011, 11:74. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 21878128. Read the article

Grimberg A, Feemster KA, Pati S, Ramos M, Grundmeier R, Cucchiara AJ, et al. Medically underserved girls receive less evaluation for short stature. Pediatrics. 2011; 127: 696–702. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 21422085. Read the article

Kahn JA, Feemster KA, Hillard PJA. HPV vaccination: do your patients get the message? Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2011; 56(3): 24-31.

Feemster KA, Prasad P, Smith MJ, Feudtner C, Caplan A, Offit P, et al. Employee designation and health care worker support of an influenza vaccine mandate at a large pediatric tertiary care hospital. Vaccine. 2011 Feb 17;29(9):1762-9. Epub 2011 Jan 7. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 21216318. Read the abstract

Pati S, Feemster KA, Mohamad Z, Fiks A, Grundmeier R, Cnaan A. Maternal health literacy and late initiation of immunizations among an inner-city birth cohort. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2011 Apr.; 15(3):386-94. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 20180003. Read the abstract 


Pati S, Feemster KA, Mohamad Z, Fiks A, Grundmeier R, Cnaan A. Maternal Health Literacy and Late Initiation of Immunizations Among an Inner-City Birth Cohort. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print]. Read the abstract

Feemster KA, Kahn JA. Human papillomavirus immunization: implementation of recommendations. Contemporary Pediatrics. 2010; 27(6):34-43.

11. Feemster KA, Leckerman K, Middleton M, Zerr DM, Elward A, Newland J, Asti L, Guth E, Selvarangan R, Coffin S. Use of administrative data for the identification of laboratory-confirmed influenza infection: the validity of influenza-specific ICD-9 codes. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. (in press)

Posters and Presentations


Feemster KA. Vaccines and young infants: updates and navigating vaccine safety concerns [presentation]. Ninth Annual Neonatal Nursing Symposium; 2012 May 17; Philadelphia, PA. 

Feemster KA. Human papillomavirus vaccines: an update [presentation]. University of the Sciences Health Policy Seminar; 2012 Apr; Philadelphia, PA. 


Feemster KA. Vaccine update: human papillomavirus and meningococcal vaccines [presentation]. National Medical Association Convention and Scientific Assembly- Immunization Symposium; 2011 Jul 23-27;  Washington, DC.


Feemster KA. HPV vaccine mandates [panelist]. The Science, Ethics and Politics of Vaccine Mandates Symposium; 2010 Sep 21; Philadelphia, PA

Feemster KA. Novel H1N1: updates [presentation]. Grand Rounds- South Jersey Medical Center; 2010 Feb; Vineland, NJ

Feemster K. ldeasLab with the University of Pennsylvania, Innovations in the life sciences: pandemic preparedness and public health infrastructure [presentation]. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting; 2010 Jan 27-31;  Davos, Switzerland.

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