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Janet R. Serwint, M.D.

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Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Professor of Pediatrics


Expertise: Pediatrics

Research Interests: Health care issues within underserved populations; Health care disparities; Medical resident education; End-of- life issues


Johns Hopkins Pediatrics

200 N. Wolfe Street
Rubenstein Child Health Building
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Janet R. Serwint is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include general pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She serves as vice chair of Pediatric Education and director of the Pediatric Residency Program.
Dr. Serwint completed her undergraduate work at the University of Illinois and received her M.D. from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed residencies in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Riley Children’s Hospital before her arrival at Johns Hopkins for a Robert Wood Johnson fellowship in general pediatrics.

Her research interests include health care issues within underserved populations, medical resident education and end-of-life issues.

Dr. Serwint has received numerous awards of distinction for her teaching and research, including several visiting professorships and lectureships, and she has twice been named by Baltimore Magazine as one of the top 25 Pediatricians in Baltimore. She has published extensively, sits on the editorial board for Pediatrics in Review and Academic Pediatrics, and serves as consulting editor of Pediatrics in Brief. She acts as Research Network Director for the Continuity Research Network (CORNET) of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research and a member of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Dr. Serwint holds a certification in pediatrics from the American Board of Pediatrics. more


  • Director, Pediatric Residency Program
  • Vice Chair of Pediatric Education
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Serwint's research interests include health care issues of underserved populations, resident education and end of life issues.  She has been involved in studies of access to care, continuity of care, oral health, injury prevention, immunizations, screenings for anemia, tuberculosis, lead toxicity and breastfeeding services. 

Resident education issues include giving effective feedback, studying the impact of the continuity experience and quality of care that patients receive within the continuity setting, and implementation and evaluation of structured clinical observations.

End-of-life issues include resident education about sharing bad news, spirituality, negotiation with parents, health care provider self-care and defining the importance of hope.

Dr. Serwint is the Network Director of CORNET, the Continuity Research Network of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. This is a practice-based research network of national continuity practices whose research goals are the study of:

  • Health care issues of underserved children
  • Health care disparities
  • Resident behavior compared to the behavior of pediatricians in practice,
  • Resident education
  • Ways to involve residents in research


Clinical Trial Keywords

CORNET Research Network

Activities & Honors


  • Award for Excellence in Education, Institute of Excellence in Education, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2014
  • Alexander Schaffer Award for Outstanding Teaching of Harriet Lane Pediatric Residents, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Award for excellence in teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009
  • Visiting Professor in Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine / Bellevue Hospital, New York City, NY, 2006
  • Abstract selected for presentation at the Presidential Plenary Session, Ambulatory Pediatric Association, National Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • Visiting Professor in Pediatrics, Riley Children’s Hospital, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2006 - 2006
  • Education Academy Award, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2004
  • Second Place, Best Research Abstract at the 2003 National Meeting Forum, American Academy on Physician and Patient National Meeting, 2004
  • Education Academy Award, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2003
  • Visiting Professorship in Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center-Portsmouth, VA, 2003 - 2003
  • First Carson Russell Crouch Lectureship, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, CA, 2003
  • Ray A Kroc Visiting Professorship in Pediatrics, outhern California Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA, 2003 - 2003
  • Tilghman Visiting Fellowship Award Study in Kampala, Uganda, 2002
  • Elected member, Society for Pediatric Research, 2002
  • Pfizer Visiting Professorship, Geisinger Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Danville, PA, 2002
  • Alexander J. Schaffer Award for excellence in clinical teaching, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2002
  • Listed among Top 25 Pediatricians in Baltimore, 1999 - 2000


  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics Member, Academic Pediatric Association
  • Elected member, Society for Pediatric Research
  • Research Network Director, Continuity Research Network (CORNET), Ambulatory Pediatric Association
  • Member, American Academy on Physician and Patient
  • Member, American Pediatric Association

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board Member, Academic Pediatrics, 2007
  • Co-Editor, Harriet Lane Pediatric Continuity Clinic Curriculum, Internet Learning Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,, 2005
  • Editorial Board Member, Pediatrics in Review, 2005
  • Consulting Editor, Pediatrics in Brief, 2005
  • Member, Executive Committee, Academic Pediatric Association Research Committee, 2003
  • Task Force for National APA Continuity Clinic Directors, APA, 1995
  • Member, APA Continuity Special Interest Group, APA, 1995
  • Member, APA International Health Special Interest Group, 1994
  • Member, APA Education Committee, 1994

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

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