James D. Fortenberry

James D. Fortenberry, MD, MS

Donald Orr, M.D. Professor of Adolescent Medicine


Dr. J. Dennis Fortenberry is Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Adolescent Medicine there. 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, 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 four major elements: adolescent health, sexuality and sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV prevention and treatment for adolescents. Dr. Fortenberry has received Federal research support continuously since 1987 and has published more than 320 commentaries, book chapters and peer-reviewed papers.


(317) 274-8812 

Ped-Adolescent Medicine
410 West 10th St. Room 1001
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5205


Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
  • Division Chief, Adolescent Medicine