Jennifer Kurkowski, WHNP
Department or Service
- Texas Medical Center
- West Campus
Phone: 832-822-3640 (Main) | 832-227-3350 (West)
Texas Children's Hospital
Instructor, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine
When I volunteered at a hospital in high school l knew then I wanted to be a nurse practitioner. My specialization in pediatric and adolescent gynecology is a perfect fit for my interests in both pediatrics and women’s health.
Whether teen girls come to me for well-woman exams, painful periods, or contraceptive management, I spend time with them, giving them the chance to ask questions about their bodies in private. I enjoy counseling and educating teen girls about their changing bodies, drugs, alcohol, and safe sex. I have particular interests in addressing the obstetric and gynecologic needs of girls who have lupus and girls with heavy periods.
I am a member of the Lupus Clinic and I see all female lupus patients for their unique gynecologic needs. These girls are often on immune-compromising drugs putting them a higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections and HPV. There are certain contraceptive methods they cannot use. They are also often on medications that can cause birth defects so we need to make sure they do not have unplanned pregnancies. If they do become pregnant, they tend to have higher risk pregnancies.
Every month I also see girls in our Young Women’s Bleeding Disorders Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic with Hematology and Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology for girls with heavy periods or a diagnosis of a bleeding disorder such as Von Willebrand disease.
As a preceptor, I train nurse practitioner (NP) students. NP students shadow me, they see patients with me and I supervise them, just like medical students would on our OB/GYN service.
My research has focused on sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In a recent study we found a lack of knowledge of STIs even by girls who had been diagnosed with a particular infection in the past. As a medical community we need to provide more education about STIs before and after girls are diagnosed.
My current research centers on women’s health in lupus patients. We are examining the type of birth control they have used in the past, the use of Gardasil for the prevention of HPV, and weight gain among other factors. When I am not caring for adolescent girls, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my twins who were born in June 2016. I also enjoy traveling, working out, and playing with my two dogs.
|Houston Area Nurse Practitioners||Member, 2013 - present|
|North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology||Member 2010 - present, Nursing Liaison 2012-2015|
|Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health||Member, 2009 - Present|
Kurkowski JP, Hsieh G, Sokkary N, Santos X, Bercaw-Pratt JL, Dietrich JE. Knowledge of sexually transmitted infections among adolescents in the Houston area presenting for reproductive healthcare at Texas Children's Hospital. Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology 2012 Jun;25(3):213-7. PubMed PMID: 22578483.
Behcet’s Disease Related to Menstruation, Resolved With Birth Control: A Case Report Kurkowski, Jennifer et al. Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Volume 28 , Issue 2 , e70 3.
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