Adolescent Medicine Leadership
J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS Director of Adolescent Medicine
Donald Orr Professor of Adolescent Medicine
Dr. Fortenberry is a Professor of Pediatrics and has guided a research program focused on adolescents over the past 35 years. Early efforts addressed the intersection of sexual behaviors and sexually transmitted infections, based in a 10 year longitudinal study of young women in Indiana. More recent research addresses the HIV Continuum of Care among adolescents and young adults as well as the development of the vaginal and urethral microbiome during adolescence. Dr. Fortenberry has served as a research mentor for more than 25 adolescent medicine fellows and a similar number of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students (nursing, psychology, social work and sociology), and several junior faculty members including those in mentored research development positions.