Charles Irwin, M.D.

Adolescent medicine specialist

Dr. Charles E. Irwin, Jr., is chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. and director of Health Policy in pediatrics. He is board certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. In his research, he studies improving preventive health screening in clinics and the financial and structural issues that affect access to health care for adolescents.

Irwin is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. and UCSF, where he completed an internship, residency and fellowship in pediatrics. He heads the National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center (NAHIC) and Public Policy Analysis and Education Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health. Irwin has led the federally funded Leadership Training Program in Adolescent Health since 1977. Irwin has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters and reports on adolescent health. He is the recipient of the Adele Hofmann Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Medicine, Swedish Medical Society's International Lectureship Award, National Center for Youth Law's Award for Research in High Risk Youth and Society for Adolescent Medicine's Hillary Millar Award for leadership of the National Adolescent Health Information Center. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine., and a distinguished professor of pediatrics at UCSF.

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Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2002

Adolescent Eating Disorders Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2002

More about Charles Irwin


UCSF 1971


UCSF, Pediatrics 1973


UCSF, Adolescent Medicine 1977

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Stroud C, Walker LR, Davis M, Irwin CE. Investing in the health and well-being of young adults. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Feb; 56(2):127-9.
  2. Lau JS, Adams SH, Park MJ, Boscardin WJ, Irwin CE. Improvement in preventive care of young adults after the affordable care act: the affordable care act is helping. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Dec 1; 168(12):1101-6.
  3. Park MJ, Scott JT, Adams SH, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Adolescent and young adult health in the United States in the past decade: little improvement and young adults remain worse off than adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jul; 55(1):3-16.
  4. Lau JS, Adams SH, Boscardin WJ, Irwin CE. Young adults' health care utilization and expenditures prior to the Affordable Care Act. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jun; 54(6):663-71.
  5. Shlafer R, Hergenroeder AC, Jean Emans S, Rickert VI, Adger H, Spear B, Irwin CE, Kreipe RE, Walker LR, Resnick MD. Adolescence as a critical stage in the MCH Life Course Model: commentary for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) interdisciplinary training program projects. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Feb; 18(2):462-6.
  6. Neinstein LS, Irwin CE. Young adults remain worse off than adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Nov; 53(5):559-61.
  7. Fox HB, McManus MA, Irwin CE, Kelleher KJ, Peake K. A research agenda for adolescent-centered primary care in the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Sep; 53(3):307-10.
  8. Adams SH, Newacheck PW, Park MJ, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Medical home for adolescents: low attainment rates for those with mental health problems and other vulnerable groups. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Mar-Apr; 13(2):113-21.
  9. Irwin CE, Berg TD. Our global mission. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jan; 52(1):1.
  10. Hallal PC, Irwin CE. Prospective findings from the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec; 51(6):533-4.
  11. Hallal PC, Irwin CE. Prospective findings from the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec; 51(6 Suppl):S1-2.
  12. Lau JS, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Ozer EM. Receipt of preventive health services in young adults. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jan; 52(1):42-9.
  13. Catalano RF, Fagan AA, Gavin LE, Greenberg MT, Irwin CE, Ross DA, Shek DT. Worldwide application of prevention science in adolescent health. Lancet. 2012 Apr 28; 379(9826):1653-64.
  14. Bethell C, Forrest CB, Stumbo S, Gombojav N, Carle A, Irwin CE. Factors promoting or potentially impeding school success: disparities and state variations for children with special health care needs. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Apr; 16 Suppl 1:S35-43.
  15. Ozer EM, Urquhart JT, Brindis CD, Park MJ, Irwin CE. Young adult preventive health care guidelines: there but can't be found. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Mar; 166(3):240-7.
  16. Irwin CE, Berg TD. Improving our understanding of the prevention of human papillomavirus. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Nov; 49(5):449.
  17. Jasik CB, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Ozer E. The association of BMI status with adolescent preventive screening. Pediatrics. 2011 Aug; 128(2):e317-23.
  18. Ozer EM, Adams SH, Orrell-Valente JK, Wibbelsman CJ, Lustig JL, Millstein SG, Garber AK, Irwin CE. Does delivering preventive services in primary care reduce adolescent risky behavior? J Adolesc Health. 2011 Nov; 49(5):476-82.
  19. Park MJ, Adams SH, Irwin CE. Health care services and the transition to young adulthood: challenges and opportunities. Acad Pediatr. 2011 Mar-Apr; 11(2):115-22.
  20. Michaud PA, Berg TD, Irwin CE. The International Journal of Adolescent Health. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Nov; 47(5):421-2.

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