Dartmouth Health Children’s hospitalist elected to national society advancing physician-scientist research

JoAnna K. Leyenaar, MD, PhD, MPH, MSc
JoAnna K. Leyenaar, MD, PhD, MPH, MSc

A Dartmouth Health Children’s hospitalist has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI). JoAnna K. Leyenaar, MD, PhD, MPH, MSc, is among only 100 new members for 2024 from other elite academic medical centers and research institutes like the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Duke and Harvard.

Leyenaar has been with Dartmouth Health Children’s since 2016. She holds professorships at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine in pediatrics and in health policy and clinical practice. Leyenaar attended medical school at the McMaster University School of Medicine in Ontario, Canada.

Leyenaar’s work focuses on improving the quality of healthcare provided to children, particularly those who are vulnerable and underserved. Her main areas of research interest include: care coordination for children with chronic illnesses; urban-rural disparities in healthcare quality; hospital-to-home transitions; integration of mental and behavioral healthcare in pediatrics; and care of opioid-exposed infants. Leyenaar currently receives research funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Her research has been cited by major media outlets, including The New York Times.

Leyenaar will be officially inducted into the Society at the ASCI Dinner and New Member Induction Ceremony on April 5 in Chicago, during ASCI’s annual joint meeting with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Physician Scientists Association.

About Dartmouth Health Children's

Dartmouth Health Children's is the only comprehensive pediatric healthcare system in the region. Fully integrated in Dartmouth Health and anchored for more than 30 years by Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD)—in Lebanon, NH—Dartmouth Health Children's promotes health, advances knowledge, and delivers the best patient and family-centered care for infants, children, and adolescents across New Hampshire and Vermont. Dartmouth Health Children's conducts groundbreaking research and educates the next generations of health professionals as the primary pediatric partner of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Highly skilled and collaborative child health professionals provide care in multiple settings across the region. Outpatient specialty visits and same-day surgery services are available at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics Manchester. Primary care appointments in general pediatrics are available at Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics in Bedford, Concord, Lebanon, Manchester and Nashua, NH and Bennington, VT; as well as at Dartmouth Health members: Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Cheshire Medical Center, New London Hospital and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center.