Gail Slap, MD, MS

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  • Background

    Dr. Slap is professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and associate chair for fellowship training in the Department of Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Dr. Slap received her BA, MD and MS degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed clinical training as an internal medicine resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and adolescent medicine fellow at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and research training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania from 1982-1998 as assistant, associate, and full professor of medicine and pediatrics, with secondary appointments in the Center of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Care Economics of the Wharton School. She was director of adolescent medicine at The Children's Hospital from 1983-1998 and founded the Craig-Dalsimer Training Program in Adolescent Medicine in 1986. Dr. Slap spent sabbatical years at Princeton University in 1990-91 and Stanford University in 1997-98. From 1998-2006, Dr. Slap was the Ruth Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Associate Chair for Adolescent Health Programs, and chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    Dr. Slap has served as president of the Society for Adolescent Medicine; chair of the Council on Medical Specialties and regent of the American College of Physicians; and appointee to numerous committees of the Institute of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Board of Internal Medicine, and American Board of Pediatrics. Her research has focused on predictive modeling of adolescent health outcomes, adolescent utilization of healthcare, and the prevention of adolescent risk behaviors. In addition to her work as an investigator, Dr. Slap has received numerous awards and honors as a clinician (e.g. "Best Doctors in America") and teacher (e.g. Lindback Award, Parents Choice Award).

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.


    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.


    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Board Certification

    American Board of Internal Medicine
    American Board of Internal Medicine/Adolescent Medicine

    Graduate Degree

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Associate Chair for Fellowship Training, Department of Pediatrics

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

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Transition to adult healthcare
    Chronic illness during adolescence
    Growth and development during adolescence
    Medical education