Kahn joins faculty to lead pediatric infectious disease

By Kristen Holland Shear


Dr. Jeffrey Kahn has joined the faculty as chief of pediatric infectious disease and holder of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

He previously served as associate research scientist in pediatrics and epidemiology and public health at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was honored with two distinguished awards for his clinical and investigative pursuits. At Yale he also served as co-investigator for the pediatric AIDS clinical trials group and as a lecturer in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn

“Jeff Kahn is precisely the type of individual who will be a great leader for our program in infectious diseases,” said Dr. George Lister, chairman of pediatrics.

Dr. Kahn earned his medical degree and doctorate from State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He then served as resident, chief resident and pediatric infectious disease fellow at the Children’s Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

His research interests include respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and newly discovered viruses such as human metapneumovirus, human bocavirus and polyomaviruses.

Dr. Lister said Dr. Kahn’s background in virology and his interest in emerging viruses will create an important bridge to the Department of Microbiology and provide a foundation for clinical investigations at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

“It is difficult to follow the standard that George McCracken [former chief of pediatric infectious disease] established, but Jeff has all the talents to take the strengths of the division to a new level,” Dr. Lister added.

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Dr. Lister holds the Robert L. Moore Chair in Pediatrics.