Jennifer Kwon, M.D., M.P.H.
Jennifer Kwon, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor in neurology and pediatrics at the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on neurogenetic disorders, including neurodegenerative disorders and neuromuscular disease. She also evaluates infants and preschool children with developmental delays, including speech disorders and autism.
Pediatric Screening and the Public Good
The advantages of screening for diseases and disorders in children seem obvious. Ideally, tests catch problems early and increase opportunities for treatment and recovery. However, Jennifer Kwon and Richard H. Dees note that screening programs can have a number of complications, including ambiguous benefits, the need to educate families and the public, results that land in a gray area between normal and certain disorder, blurred lines between screening and research, and competition for scarce funding. Kwon and Dees urge caution and careful consideration of potential costs alongside potential advantages.