Jennifer Karlin, MD, PhD

Areas of interest:

  • Complex care and chronic illness
  • US urban health
  • Economically-vulnerable patients
  • Reproduction
  • Family planning
  • Obstetrics
  • Gender
  • Palliative care
  • Addiction medicine
  • Clinical ethics
  • Medical education
  • Medical anthropology
  • History of medicine
  • Community-based participatory research


  • Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Science in Society Program (SiSP)
  • University of Chicago, Master's in Anthropology
  • University of Chicago, PhD in The Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (CHSS)
  • University of Chicago, Medical Degree
  • University of California at San Francisco, Residency in Family and Community Medicine


In the news:


  1. Karlin J. “Hematology and Oncology.” First Aid For The Family Medicine Boards, Third Edition, edited by Tao Le et al., McGraw-Hill Education, 2017.
  2. Holmes SM, Karlin J, Stonington SD, Gottheil DL. The First Nationwide Survey of MD-PhDs in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Training Patterns and Career Choices. BMC Med Ed 2017;17(1):60. PMID: 28327141.
  3. Halverson CM, Wang JY, Poulson M, Karlin J, Crowley-Matoka M, Ross LF. Living Kidney Donors Who Develop Kidney Failure: Excerpts of Their Thoughts. Am J Nephrol 2016;43(6):389-96. PMID: 27222023.
  4. Karlin J. Loss and Gain in Translation: Financial Epidemiology on the Southside of Chicago. Public Culture 2013;25(3):523-50.
  5. Karlin J, Borofsky A. Regeneration: Telling Stories from Our Twenties. Penguin Putnam, 2003.