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Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI, currently serves as the chair of the Bureau of Emerging Leaders and the New Physician in Practice member of the AOA Board of Trustees.
Dr. Kwon is an assistant professor of medicine and a board-certified internist and infectious diseases specialist at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is also an associate hospital epidemiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. Kwon is the 2016-2018 National Academy of Medicine (formally the Institute of Medicine) Anniversary Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine and is actively working with the academy’s expert committees to research important questions relevant to public health and health policy.
In the clinical setting, Dr. Kwon provides in-and out-patient care to patients with solid organ and bone marrow transplant related infections. Dr. Kwon performs clinical and translational research in multidrug-resistant organisms and the impact of antimicrobials on the fecal microbiome. Her research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health.
After receiving her bachelor’s degrees in English literature and rhetoric, and molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Kwon earned her osteopathic medical degree from the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) in Downers Grove, Illinois. During medical school, Dr. Kwon was an avid student leader and the recipient of the MWU/CCOM Dean’s Award, Midwestern University Outstanding Student Leader of the Year Award, Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society Student of the Year Award, and inauguration into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Dr. Kwon completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago (NorthShore University HealthSystem) in Evanston, Illinois, where she also served as chief resident. During residency, she received multiple awards including Intern of the Year, Resident of the Year, the Nursing Housestaff Communication Award, and the Medical Student Teaching Excellence Award. She completed her infectious diseases fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, where she also completed a master of science in clinical investigation.
Dr. Kwon has been an active member of the American Osteopathic Association since starting medical school, and is committed to advancing public health and the osteopathic profession. Her experiences as a clinician, scientist, and leader have prepared her to advance the philosophy, science, and practice of osteopathic medicine.
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