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Hans Kersten MD, FAAP

Dr. Hans Kersten is board certified in pediatrics. He is the Medical Director for the Grow Clinic (for children with failure-to-thrive [FTT]) and a pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kersten became an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 1997 at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) after completing his residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006, and to Professor in 2014.

His scholarly activity includes research on lead poisoning, development and implementation of competency-based educational programs in direct observation, evidence-based medicine (EBM) as well as FTT. He has lectured on tattoos and piercings, lead poisoning and environmental health, delinquency, FTT, and EBM in the Philadelphia region and internationally. He is an advisory committee member of Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia.

He has led recent efforts for St. Christopher’s to become “hunger-free” by screening for food insecurity throughout the hospital, providing resources for families, organizing food drives, and by starting programs to improve fresh food access (Farm to Families) and for providers to write prescriptions for boxes of food (FreshRX). He was recognized by the Coalition Against Hunger with the Pat Temple-West Award for innovative efforts toward building a hunger-free community, received the Vincent Zarro, MD, PhD Community Outreach Award and been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society from DUCOM. He recently completed the Disparities Leadership Program through Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and won the Best Project Award for his efforts creating the Hunger-free Healthcare Center.

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