Editor Profile

John D. Cowden, MD, MPH

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Board

John D. Cowden, MD, MPH, is a general pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, where he serves as Medical Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity. He is founder and director of CHICOS, a Spanish language training program for bilingual pediatric residents, and Enlaces, a resident medical Spanish course. Dr. Cowden’s research interests include provider-patient communication, provider bias, and access to health care for minorities, specifically those who do not speak English. He teaches medical students from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and the University of Kansas and pediatric residents at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Dr. Cowden joined the board of NEJM Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 2016.


Leadership positions in professional societies
Academic Pediatric Association (Co-Chair, Culture, Ethnicity, and Health Care Special Interest Group)