Brian Jenssen, MD, MSHP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, a practicing primary care pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a faculty member at PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at CHOP, and the Medical Director for Value-Based Care for CHOP’s Care Network. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Davidson College, NC, received his MD from the University of Rochester, NY, and is board certified in pediatrics and clinical informatics. He completed a residency in pediatrics and served as chief resident at CHOP. From 2014-2016, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his Master of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP).

Dr. Jenssen’s research involves use of clinical decision support systems and population health management techniques to protect children from secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use. More broadly, he focuses on leveraging health information technology to engineer and implement novel approaches and products to improve care for children and their parents. He has worked extensively with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence on a variety of tobacco policy efforts, including the recent policy statement on E-Cigarettes, and he currently serves as an executive member of the newly formed AAP Section on Tobacco Control.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY


Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (Chief Resident)


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Additional Training

Clinical and Translational Science Institute Student Fellow - National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Medical Director for Value-Based Care, CHOP Care Network

Faculty, PolicyLab, Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness and Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics

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

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Tobacco policy

Smoking cessation

Health literacy

Use of technologies

Healthcare utilization in primary care




Jenssen BP, Mitra N, Shah A, Wan F, Grande D. Using Digital Technology to Engage and Communicate with Patients: A Survey of Patient Attitudes. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Jan;31(1):85-92. doi: 10.1007/s11606-015-3517-x. PMID: 26385117.


Walley SC, Jenssen BP; Section on Tobacco Control. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. Pediatrics. 2015 Nov;136(5):1018-26. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-3222.

Jenssen BP, Lautz AJ, Orthmann-Murphy JL, Yum SW, Waanders A, Fox E. A 6-Year-Old With Leg Cramps. Pediatrics. 2015. Oct;136(4):732-9. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-0332. Epub 2015 Sep 14. PMID: 26371189.

Lautz AJ, Jenssen B, McGuire J, St Geme JW 3rd. A 33-month-old with fever and altered mental status. Pediatrics. 2015 Jan;135(1):120-5. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-2405. Epub 2014 Dec 8. PMID: 25489012.


Jenssen BP, Desai BR, Callahan JM. Randomized Controlled Trial of RSS Reader Use and Resident Familiarity With Primary Literature. J Grad Med Educ. 2014 Jun;6(2):341-4. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-13-00249.1. PMID: 24949145.

Duffy EK, Jenssen BP. Electronic cigarettes: the new face of nicotine. Pediatrics. 2014 Jul;134(1):1-3. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3182. Epub 2014 Jun 2.