6500-Fortenberry, James

James D. Fortenberry, MD, MS

Donald Orr, M.D. Professor of Adolescent Medicine

410 West 10th St.
Room 1001

Indianapolis, IN 46202-5205
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Meet Dennis Fortenberry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6l8D-a9gZg

Dr. J. Dennis Fortenberry is Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He served as Division Chief from 2015 – 2020. He also holds an adjunct appointment in epidemiology in the Fairbanks School of Public Health and is a member of the Center for Sexual Promotion at Indiana University.

Dr. Fortenberry is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine, the International Academy for Sex Research, the American STD Association, and the Society for Scientific Study of Sex. He is past president of the International Academy for Sex Research, and past-president of the American STD Association, a fellow of the Society for Scientific Study of Sex, and past chair of the Board of Directors of the American Sexual Health association.

His contributions have been recognized by the American STD Association Achievement Award in 2009, the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, and the Society for Scientific Study of Sex Lifetime Contributions Award in 2017.  Clinically, Dr. Fortenberry directs the Child and Adolescent Gender Health Program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

His research program has five major elements: adolescent health, sexuality and sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention and treatment for youth, and research on transmasculine youth. Dr. Fortenberry has received Federal research support continuously since 1987 and has published more than 350 commentaries, book chapters and peer-reviewed papers.

Key Publications

- Herbenick D, Fu J, Dodge B, Fortenberry JD. The alcohol contexts of consent, wanted sex, sexual pleasure, and sexual assault: Results from a probability survey of undergraduate students. Journal of American College Health 67:2, 144-152, 2019

- Bowling J, Dodge B, Bartelt E, Simmons M, Fortenberry JD. Paths to parenthood among self-identified bisexual individuals in the United States. Archives of Sexual Behavior 48 (1): 277–289, 2019..

- Fortenberry JD Trust, sexual trust and sexual health: An interrogative review. Annual Review of Sex Research / Journal of Sex Research 56(4-5)may-june:425-439, 2019

- Nunn KL, Ridenhour BJ, Fortenberry JD, Chester EM, Vitzthum VJ, Forney LJ. Salivary estradiol and psychosocial stress are not correlated with vaginal community composition in healthy, Black adolescent women. Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(1)july:130-138, 2019.

Titles & Appointments

  • Donald Orr, M.D. Professor of Adolescent Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
  • Education
    1989 MS University of Oklahoma
    1983 Residency Bryn Mawr Hospital
    1981 Residency University of Oklahoma
    1979 MD University of Oklahoma
    1975 BS Oklahoma State University
  • Research

    - Physical and mental health of transgender / gender nonbinary youth

    - Adolescent sexuality, sexual health, and sexual wellbeing

    - Sexually transmitted infections, including HIV

  • Professional Organizations
    American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
    International Academy for Sex Research
    Population Association of America
    Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
    Society for Research in Adolescence
    Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality
    World Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Internal Medicine - Adolescent Medicine
    American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
  • Awards
    Org: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Desc: Trustees Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2007-01-01

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