He also serves Philadelphia’s homeless youth as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His goal is to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to prepare children and teens to thrive.
Dr. Ken Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine . He also serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth.
In Dr. Ginsburg’s adolescent medicine practice, he cares for a wide variety of medical conditions, while simultaneously addressing adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine -- medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors affect both physical and emotional health. At Covenant House Pennsylvania the clinic addresses client’s risk by first acknowledging that most worrisome behaviors stem from an individuals reaction to stress. Then, it guides each young person to build upon existing strengths to address problem behaviors.
His research over the last two decades has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He co- developed the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize, and explain their own ideas. Dr. Ginsburg has more than 125 publications, including 34 original research articles, clinical practice articles, five books, a multimedia textbook for professionals, and internet-based and video/DVD productions for clinicians, parents and teens.
Dr. Ginsburg has received over 30 awards recognizing his research, clinical skills, or advocacy efforts. These include The Young Investigator Award and a visiting professorship from The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, The Lindback Award for distinguished teaching from The University of Pennsylvania, and The Humanism in Medicine Award given to the Penn faculty member who “demonstrates the highest standards of compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients.” He has been named one of Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Docs” nine times.
The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. He works to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to build resilience. He is currently The Associate Medical Editor of The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Parenting Web Page Healthychildren.org, a trusted web source for parents seeking guidance on effective parenting and healthy child and adolescent development. To advocate for parents’ critical role in raising resilient children and teens, he has appeared on CNN, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS morning show, FOX and Friends and ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News programs.
Dr. Ginsburg lectures widely to national and international parent and professional audiences. His most recent books are, "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings," and “Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust”, both published by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as well as “Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens,” published by Avery, Penguin Press. The AAP has also published a multimedia toolkit “Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development ” that offers up to 65 continuing education credits for youth serving professionals.
He is honored both to be working alongside Boys and Girls Clubs of America as their external resilience expert and with The National Congress of American Indians in its efforts to build resilience in our Indigenous youth.
He has been humbled to work on behalf of those who serve our nation with The Military Child Education Coalition to prepare military parents, health professionals, counselors, and teachers to incorporate stress reduction and resilience building strategies for the nation’s nearly 2 million military-affiliated children.
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