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Jenell Sheree Coleman, M.D., M.P.H.

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Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics


Expertise: Contraception, Family Planning, Fibroids, Gynecological Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, HIV/AIDS, HIV/STD Interaction, Human Papillomavirus Infections, Hysterectomy, Infectious Diseases and International Health, Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Menstrual Disorders, Ovarian Cysts, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Women's Reproductive Health, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Surgical Infections more

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Appointment Phone: 443-997-0400

600 N. Wolfe Street
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Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-4495
Fax: 410-955-1003

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
Appointment Phone: 443-997-0400

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Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-4495


Dr. Jenell Coleman is assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include comprehensive gynecologic care of women from adolescence to menopause.  She has a particular interest in reproductive health care among disadvantaged or marginalized women including women who inject drugs, sex workers, poverty-stricken women, and women living with HIV.

Dr. Coleman earned her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed Ob/Gyn residency at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She completed a fellowship in reproductive infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco and received a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Coleman lived in Kenya, where she led research projects among women living with HIV.  Upon returning, she joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and established a pregnancy and infectious disease clinic that delivered the largest number of pregnant women living with HIV in the city. 

Dr. Coleman joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2010 to further her research.  Her research interests include safer conception among HIV serodiscordant couples, cervical cancer prevention in resource-constrained countries, contraception in HIV infected women, STD prevention and management, surgical site infections, HIV prevention technologies including pre-exposure prophylaxis and microbicides, and the interaction between violence against women and STD/HIV.  She has published numerous articles, written several book chapters, and presented her research in national and international settings. more


  • Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Associate Professor of Medicine



  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1999)
  • MPH, University of California at Berkeley (2005)


  • University of California Los Angeles (now David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) / Obstetrics and Gynecology (2003)


  • University of California San Francisco (2005)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

Coleman JS, Hitti J, Bukusi EA, Mwachari C, Muliro A, Nguti R, Gausman R, Jensen S, Patton D,Lockhart D, Coombs R, Cohen CR. Infectious Correlates of HIV-1 Shedding from the Female Upper and Lower Genital Tracts. AIDS. 2007 Mar 30;21(6):755-9.

Mmeje O and Coleman JS. Concurrent Patient-Partner Treatment in Pregnancy: An Alternative to Expedited Partner Therapy? Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2012 Sept; 39(9): 665-670.

Coleman JS, Chaturvedula, A.; Hendrix, C. Method of hormonal contraception is associated with lower tenofovir concentration in healthy women (MTN-001): implications for pre-exposure prophylaxis. J Intl AIDS Soc 2012 Oct;15:139-140.

Coleman JS, Gaydos CA, Witter F. Trichomonas vaginalis vaginitis in Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice: New Concepts and Controversies. Obstet Gynecol Survey 2013 Jan;68 (1): 43-50.

Coleman JS, Mwachari C, Balkus J, SanguliL, Muliro A, Agnew K, Coombs R, Cohen C, Hitti J. Effect of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device on genital HIV RNA shedding among HIV-infected women not taking antiretroviral therapy in Nairobi, Kenya. JAIDS 2013 Jun; 63(2):245-8.

Coleman JS, Green I, Scheib S, Sewell C, Lee J, Anderson J. Surgical Site Infections after Hysterectomy among HIV-infected Women in the HAART Era: a single institution's experience from 1999 – 2012. AJOG 2014 Feb 210(2):117.

Jackson J, McNair T, and Coleman JS. Over-screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea among Urban Women Age 25 and Older. AJOG 2014 June 28[Epub]

Sheth S, Coleman J: HIV in Pregnancy. In John Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 5th edition, edited by Jessica Bienstock, Edward Wallach, Harold Fox. 2013

Sangini S. Sheth, Jenell Coleman, Tirza Cannon, Mariam Fofana, Lorraine Milio, Jean Keller, Jean Anderson, Cynthia H. Argani. History of depression and non-adherence to HAART in pregnant women with perinatally acquired HIV. AIDS Care 2015 Mar;27(3):350-4

Sampah M, Blankson J, Siliciano R, Coleman JS. Medroxyprogesterone Increases HIV infection of PBMCs in-vitro. AIDS 2015 Jun 19;29(10):1137-46.

Coleman JS*, Boelig RC, Keller J, Sewell C, and Anderson J. Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of HIV-infected Women and HIV-affected Couples Seeking Preconception Counseling. Infect Dis ObGyn 2015, Article ID 240613

McNair T, Roberts E, China, W, Coleman JS. Cost-Effectiveness of Baltimore City Health Department's Expedited Partner Therapy Program to Reduce Chlamydia Reinfection. In revision AJPH

Liao C, Wahab M, Anderson J and Coleman JS. Reclaiming Fertility Awareness Methods to Inform Timed Intercourse for HIV Serodiscordant Couples Attempting to Conceive. J Int AIDS Soc 2015 Jan 9;18(1):19447

Coleman JS, Cespedes MS, Kosgei RJ, Maloba M, Cu-Uvin S, Anderson J, Wools-Kaloustian K. Capacity for Cervical Cancer Prevention at Select HIV Care Programs in Resource-Limited Settings: Implications for Expansion. Under review

Activities & Honors


  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Infectious Disease Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • International AIDS Society

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • HIV in Women  (01/01/2014)

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

PrEPared to Fight: A Woman-Centered Approach to HIV Prevention July 2014

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