Jeffrey S. Kahn, M.D., Ph.D. received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University. He received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Dr. Kahn completed his internship, residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at Yale University and the Children’s Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Kahn stayed at Yale University to complete training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Thereafter, he joined the faculty at Yale University in the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2009.

Dr. Kahn’s research efforts have been focused human respiratory viruses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and new emerging human viruses. His laboratory was the first or among the first laboratories in the United States to describe the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of several newly identified viruses including human metapneumovirus, coronaviruses NL63 and HKU1, human bocavirus and polyomavirus WUV.  His laboratory has described the molecular epidemiology of RSV and has characterized the glycoprotein sequences, completed phylogenetic analyses and defined the biological properties (e.g. induction of cytokines and chemokines) and induced gene expression profiles (using RNA-SEQ) of many of these RSV strains in primary human cells. Dr. Kahn’s current research efforts are focuses on mapping RSV phenotypes in the viral genome.

Dr. Kahn is the Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Director of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Kahn is the Medical Director of Research at Children’s Medical Center.


Medical School
SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine (1991)
Yale-New Haven Hospital (1994), Pediatrics
Chief Resident
Yale-New Haven Hospital (1995), Pediatrics
Yale University School of Medicine (1998), Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Research Interest

  • Cellular responses to RSV infection
  • Emerging pathogens
  • Recombinant negative stand RNA viruses
  • Respiratory syncytial virus



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Honors & Awards

  • Best Pediatric Specialists/Doctors in Dallas
    D Magazine (2014-2018)
  • Pediatric Chair’s Award, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Mae Gailani Junior Faculty Award, Yale University School of Medicine

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (2010)
  • American Society of Virology (2002)
  • American Society of Microbiology (2001)
  • Society of Pediatric Research (2001)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics