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

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

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  • Director, Division of Gynecologic Specialties
  • Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics


Colposcopy, 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 and Childbirth, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Surgical Infections, Women's Reproductive Health more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

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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


  • Director, Division of Gynecologic Specialties
  • Medical Director, Women's Health Center, JHOC
  • Director, Ob/Gyn Resident Continuity Clinic, JHOC
  • Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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


  • Obstetrics and Gynecology; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (2003)


  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (2005)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Obstetrics And Gynecology) (2005)

Research & Publications


Lab Website: Coleman Research Group

Selected Publications

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

Homa K. Ahmadzia, Emily M. Patel, Dipa Joshi, Caiyun Liao, Frank Witter, R. Phillips Heine, Jenell S. Coleman^. Dose of preoperative antibiotics and obstetric surgical site infection in morbidly obese women. Obstetrics and Gynecology 126(4) 2015 Oct;126(4):708-15. ^Corresponding author

Coleman JS^, Cespedes M, Cu-Uvin S, Kosgei R, Maloba M, Anderson J, Wilkin T, Jaquet A, Bohlius J, Anastos K, Wools-Kaloustian K. An Insight into Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease 2016 Jan;20(1):31-7. ^Corresponding author

Emmeline Friedman, Megan S. Orlando, Jean Anderson, Jenell S. Coleman^. "Everything I Needed from Her was Everything She Gave Back to Me:" An Evaluation of Preconception Counseling for U.S. HIV-serodiscordant Couples Desiring Pregnancy. Women's Health Issues 2016 May-Jun;26(3):351-6. ^Corresponding author

Caiyun Liao, W. Christopher Golden, Jean R. Anderson, Jenell S. Coleman^. Missed Opportunities for Third Trimester HIV Retesting: Implications for Elimination of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in the United States AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2017 Jan;31(1):20-26.^Corresponding author

Activities & Honors


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

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Lectures and Presentations

  • HIV in Women  (01/01/2014)

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