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Kristin Jensen, MD

First Assistant Professor to be Hired by the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome


Kristin Jensen

​Kristin Jensen, MD, is the sixth faculty member and the first assistant professor to be hired by the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado. She will have academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Crnic Institute welcomes Dr. Jensen because of the quality of her research and her commitment to improving the lives of individuals with Down syndrome through her research and clinical service.

Dr. Jensen was a resident in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University and Michigan. She stayed at Michigan for her research fellowship after being selected for the extremely competitive and prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. Her research at Michigan focused on Down syndrome and improving quality of care through implementation and evaluation of health care management strategies for individuals with this condition.

She will continue her health services and outcomes research in the Crnic Institute, and her work is anticipated to have enormous impact on policies and practices that will continue to benefit the health care and the lives of adults and children with Down syndrome.

Dr. Jensen’s training in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine has prepared her for clinical care that will improve the transition from adolescent to adult health services. She will work in the Anna and John J Sie Center for Down Syndrome in the Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she will focus on older children and adolescents, and follow them through their transitions to adult care. Her clinical work will help establish a model for transitional care that will be beneficial nationally and internationally.

Dr. Jensen’s commitment to Down syndrome is based on her experiences growing up with an uncle with Down syndrome. With her passion, she is developing and assessing models of care for individuals with this condition.

The Crnic Institute is committed to improving the lives of all people with Down syndrome. Attracting a talented, young physician-researcher like Dr. Jensen to the Institute and to our mission is important for developing the next generation of professionals who will continue to make significant improvements in the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome.