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Jennifer M. Kwon, M.D., M.P.H.

Neurology, Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

Child, Pediatric Neurology; Neurology

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-2808

Office: (585) 275-2808

Fax: (585) 275-3683

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Faculty Appointments


Jennifer Kwon is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester where she has been since 2003. In her clinical practice, she sees children with a wide range of neurologic conditions. She has developed special research interests in children with developmental disabilities and neurogenetic conditions. She served for two years as the interim Associate Director of the Clinic for Inherited Metabolic Disorders in the Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics where she managed the specialized care of children with metabolic disorders identified by the state newborn screening program.

Dr. Kwon also has particular interests in the care for children with significant neurologic impairment. A number of child neurology patients have multiple and complicated medical needs that demand coordination between medical services but also need extensive communication between medical providers and community agencies. Dr. Kwon is working to develop clinical outreach programs for children with complex medical needs so they can be seen in their school settings. In a program she is developing with the Mary Cariola Children's Center (a school in Rochester that serves children with complex disabilities who cannot be accommodated in their own public or private school settings), she is able to see patients who normally are very difficult to bring to clinic (because of their equipment or behavioral needs) in a setting where they are most comfortable.

Professional Background

9/81-6/86 University of Michigan, B.A. in Biomedical Sciences
9/86-6/89 University of Michigan, M.P.H., in Epidemiology
9/84-6/89 University of Michigan, M.D.

7/89-6/91 Internship and Residency in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA
7/91-6/92 Residency in Neurology, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO
7/92-6/96 Clinical and Research Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology,
St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
7/96-6/97 Fellowship in Clinical Neuromuscle (WUSM)

Research: 1993-2003 Washington University: 1. (1993-2000) Training and work in linkage analysis and positional cloning projects in epilepsy, CMT2B, and Frontotemporal dementia in the laboratories of Drs. Paul Goodfellow and Alison Goate. 2. (2000-2003) Training and work in computational molecular biology and statistical analysis projects In Dr. Goate's laboratory to identify disease susceptibility loci for alcoholism and Alzheimer's disease. 3. (2000-2003) Collaborator on "Autism Development, Genetic Epidemiology and Treatment" NIH project.


I have three current research interests:
1) Newborn Screening: I was the Associate Director of the Metabolic Genetics Clinic for two years (2010-2012) overseeing newborn screening follow-up testing, treatment and management. In addition, I have been a member of the NYS Krabbe Consortium, a group that has attempted to guide newborn screening followup efforts in NYS and will be part of the newborn screening follow-up group when NYS implements Adrenoleukodystrophy NBS in January, 2014. My major research focus has been to evaluate outcomes in current newborn screening programs with the goal of making policy changes for more effective patient management.
2) Epilepsy QI and Outreach to Underserved Populations: For the past two years, I have served as a consultant in a HRSA sponsored learning collaborative training project for multiple state grantees for improving healthcare quality and access for children and youth with epilepsy. Our child neurology division draws from all counties in Upstate New York because of the relative lack of child neurology services in Syracuse and Albany. The distance many of our families travel has been troubling to me and I have been involved in projects to improve access to epilepsy services.
3) Batten Disease: Since 2004, I have collaborating with Dr. Jonathan Mink to develop the Batten Disease Research and Diagnostic Center. I have been evaluating Batten disease subjects prospectively to refine the Unified Batten Disease Rating Scale (UBDRS) as a tool for use in upcoming clinical trials of Batten Disease. Recently, I have been serving as the Medical Monitor for the JUMP trial, a clinical safety trial of mycophenylate use in patients with juvenile Batten Disease.



  • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


BA | University of Michigan
Biomedical Sciences

MD | Univ of Michigan Medical Sch

MPH | University of Michigan
Public Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

6-30-1990 - 6-30-1991
Residency in Neurology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

7-1-1992 - 6-30-1996
Fellowship in Child Neurology at St. Louis Children s Hospital

7-1-1991 - 6-30-1992
Residency in Neurology at Barnes Hospital

7-1-1989 - 6-30-1990
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

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Alzheimer Research Forum Award of Merit
Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association

Frank E. Robbins Award
Sponsor: University of Michigan Medical School

1986 - 1987
Klare Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Michigan School of Public Health

Avery Hopwood Awards, Underclassman Essay and Fiction
Sponsor: University of Michigan

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Journal Articles

Kemper AR, Brosco J, Comeau AM, Green NS, Grosse SD, Jones E, Kwon JM, Lam WK, Ojodu J, Prosser LA, Tanksley S. "Newborn screening for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy: evidence summary and advisory committee recommendation." Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics.. 2017 Jan 0; 19(1):121-126. Epub 2016 Jun 23.

Wasserstein MP, Andriola M, Arnold G, Aron A, Duffner P, Erbe RW, Escolar ML, Estrella L, Galvin-Parton P, Iglesias A, Kay DM, Kronn DF, Kurtzberg J, Kwon JM, Langan TJ, Levy PA, Naidich TP, Orsini JJ, Pellegrino JE, Provenzale JM, Wenger DA, Caggana M. "Clinical outcomes of children with abnormal newborn screening results for Krabbe disease in New York State." Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics.. 2016 Dec 0; 18(12):1235-1243. Epub 2016 May 12.

Kwon JM, Abdel-Hamid HZ, Al-Zaidy SA, Mendell JR, Kennedy A, Kinnett K, Cwik VA, Street N, Bolen J, Day JW, Connolly AM. "Clinical Follow-Up for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Newborn Screening: A Proposal." Muscle & nerve.. 2016 Aug 0; 54(2):186-91. Epub 2016 Jun 13.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Neurodegenerative Disorders
Book Title: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
Author List: Kwon, JM
Published By: Elsevier Saunders2014

Chapter Title: Developmental and Neurocutaneous Disorders
Book Title: Andreoli & Carpenter's Cecil Essentials of Medicine
Author List: MH Sims JM Kwon
Published By: Elsevier2014

Chapter Title: Neurodegenerative Disorders
Book Title: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
Author List: Kwon JM
Edited By: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, Behrman RE
Published By: Elsevier Saunders2011 in Philadelphia