Jennifer C. Kesselheim, MD, M.Ed, MBE
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Director, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Kesselheim attended college at the University of Wisconsin and completed her MD at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a master’s in bioethics. Following medical school, she completed residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program in pediatrics. As a resident, Dr. Kesselheim developed bioethics curricula, and she began to conduct national studies to assess the outcomes of ethics education in pediatric training. Her focus at the interface of ethics, professionalism, and medical education led her to pursue a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, which she completed while a fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. As an educator, Dr. Kesselheim directs the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s, where she also cares for patients with hematologic malignancies. From 2013-2021, she served as the inaugural Director of the Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education based at Harvard Medical School, a two-year graduate program blending coursework in medical education with mentored research. In 2021, she transitioned to Director of Graduate Medical Education and DIO at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Kesselheim’s research investigates the methods and outcomes of physician education in the areas of humanism, ethics, and professionalism. Her projects also pertain to integrating interprofessional education into medical school, assessment in pediatric residency and fellowship, and fostering diversity during recruitment of residents and fellows. Dr. Kesselheim lives in Boston with her husband, Aaron; son, Max (age 14); daughter, Sydney (age 10); and son, Leo (age 7).