Charles E. Irwin, MD

Adolescent medicine specialist
Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Dr. Charles E. Irwin Jr. is an adolescent medicine specialist who serves as chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and health policy director for the UCSF Department of Pediatrics.

In his research, Irwin studies how to improve preventive health screening in clinics as well as financial and structural barriers to health care access for adolescents. At UCSF, he heads the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center and its national resource center, and co-leads its research network. He has led the federally funded Leadership Education in Adolescent Health training program since 1977. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters and reports on adolescent health.

Irwin earned his medical degree at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. At UCSF, he completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in adolescent medicine.

Irwin's honors include the Adele Hofmann Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Health and Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Swedish Medical Society's International Lectureship Award, National Center for Youth Law's Award for Research in High-Risk Youth, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Irwin is accepting new patients


Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic at Mount Zion
2330 Post St., Suite 219
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-2002
Fax: (415) 353-2466

More about Charles E. Irwin


UCSF School of Medicine, MD 1971


UCSF, Pediatrics 1973


UCSF, Adolescent Medicine 1977

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Adams SH, Park MJ, Twietmeyer L, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Increasing Delivery of Preventive Services to Adolescents and Young Adults: Does the Preventive Visit Help? J Adolesc Health. 2018 Jun 19.
  2. Hart-Cooper GD, Allen I, Irwin CE, Scott H. Adolescent Health Providers' Willingness to Prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to Youth at Risk of HIV Infection in the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2018 May 26.
  3. Kaul P, Irwin CE. Serving the Underserved: The Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Males. J Adolesc Health. 2018 Mar; 62(3S):S1-S2.
  4. Adams SH, Park MJ, Twietmeyer L, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Association Between Adolescent Preventive Care and the Role of the Affordable Care Act. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Jan 01; 172(1):43-48.
  5. Brindis CD, Twietmeyer L, Park MJ, Adams S, Irwin CE. Improving Receipt and Preventive Care Delivery for Adolescents and Young Adults: Initial Lessons from Top-Performing States. Matern Child Health J. 2017 Jun; 21(6):1221-1226.
  6. Irwin CE. Advancing a Research Agenda for Adolescent and Young Adult Health. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Mar; 60(3):233-234.
  7. Berg TD, Irwin CE. Inclusive Language-The Editors' Reply. J Adolesc Health. 2016 May; 58(5):583-4.
  8. Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Insuring Young Adults in the United States Through the Affordable Care Act. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Aug; 57(2):131-2.
  9. Stroud C, Walker LR, Davis M, Irwin CE. The Authors Reply. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Jul; 57(1):127-8.
  10. Adams SH, Park MJ, Irwin CE. Adolescent and Young Adult Preventive Care: Comparing National Survey Rates. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Aug; 49(2):238-47.
  11. 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.
  12. 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; 168(12):1101-6.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Neinstein LS, Irwin CE. Young adults remain worse off than adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Nov; 53(5):559-61.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Irwin CE, Berg TD. Our global mission. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jan; 52(1):1.
  20. Hallal PC, Irwin CE. Prospective findings from the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec; 51(6):533-4.

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