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Carol Ford, MD

Carol Ford, MD is Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is an internist, pediatrician, Adolescent Medicine subspecialist physician and adolescent health researcher with a long history of research and clinical work to improve adolescent health. Dr. Ford served as President of The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2015-2016. Her adolescent health research portfolio has focused on themes of adolescent access to high quality health care, adolescent patient-physician communication, and adolescent privacy concerns. Dr. Ford’s most recent interest has been in understanding strategies to influence adolescent patient-physician-parent communication to improve adolescent health. She recently established a divisional research program entitled Patients, Parents, and Professionals Partnering to Improve Adolescent Health Program (P4). This team recently completed a pilot project documenting that parents and adolescents want health care professionals to help them learn, and talk about, a wide range of adolescent health topics. In follow-up, Dr. Ford is PI on a pilot randomized control trial that is designed to determine the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions delivered in primary care clinic settings to increase parent-teen communication, influence adolescent health behaviors, and improve health outcomes related to sexual health, alcohol use, and teen driving. She is the mother of two wonderful teenagers.