Kenneth R. Ginsburg MD, MSEd is a Professor of Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His adolescent medicine practice often addresses adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine -- medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors impact upon both physical and emotional health. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience.
Dr. Ginsburg is the medical director for Covenant House, Pennsylvania, a care system that serves homeless, street and marginalized youth in Philadelphia. While the shelter-based clinic serves all of the health needs of its patients, it focuses on stress as the underlying force that drives most behaviors that risk good health.
He developed the teen-centered method, which is a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that helps youth to generate, prioritize and explain their own proposed solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He has more than 100 publications, including 27 original research articles, clinical practice articles and chapters, four books, and video/DVD productions.
Recognizing that professionals have limited impact on the well-being of youth, he has reached out to parents and other professionals as they help young people navigate adolescence. He lectures widely to national and international parent and professional audiences and has published four books, including A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings published in 2011 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP),which focuses on raising resilient children who can deal with stress in an increasingly complex world. Military health professionals, counselors, and teachers have used Dr. Ginsburg’s stress reduction and resilience building strategies to help military children cope with their parents' deployment. He is also working closely with The Boys and Girls Club of America and The National Congress of American Indians to deepen the role of resilience building strategies in their programming.
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MD - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
MSEd - University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education (Human Learning and Development), Philadelphia, PA
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