Hans Kersten `86 was a biology major at Earlham, and played varsity basketball and soccer, was a Resident Counselor, and Dorm President of Bundy. He had work study jobs in the cafeteria, showing movies to campus groups and writing newsletters for the Health Center as a senior. Hans worked for four years after college, first as a laboratory technician at the University of Pennsylvania doing B-cell research and then at SmithKline Beecham doing molecular biology before going to Temple University School of Medicine.
He completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia in 1997 and has been a faculty member at St. Chris since then. He's worked there for over 20 years. The job affords Hans the opportunity to do a lot of different things. First, to be a pediatrician, but also to teach medical students and residents, and develop programs to address social determinants of health in our families, or factors that influence health outside of medical issues. He teaches Evidence-Based Medicine for trainees and has trained at the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford, England. Hans has also completed the Educational Scholars Program through the Academic Pediatric Association and serves as a Cohort Leader for scholars around the country.
To address food insecurity, or persistent hunger, Hans is developing a Hunger-free Healthcare Center, where he will work with social workers, community health workers and lawyers to help address factors that impact families’ health. Hans started a summer internship for Earlham students in 2016.
He has served on the Alumni Council since 2017 and is serving on the Athletics Committee.