International Medical Adoption Doctors

Medical Professionals

The following are expert medical professionals in the field of international adopted children. We recommend you have your medical and video reviewed by an expert medical professional before you accept a referral. We also recommend you take your newly adopted child (ren) to seek expert medical evaluation upon your return to the US.

  • Dr. Jane Aronson, MD 
    Author of Carried in Our Hearts
    Founder of Worldwide Orphans
    515 Valley Street Suite 201
    Maplewood NJ 07040

    Find more informationa about Worldwide Orphans:

    Dr. Aronson is a board certified general pediatrician and pediatric infectious diseases specialist, and has been a practicing adoption medicine specialist for the past 12 years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and the director of International Pediatric Health Services (IPH), which she opened in 2000. Since founding WWO in 1997, Dr. Aronson has visited orphanages in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Latin America. Dr. Aronson and her partner Diana have three children: Hilary, (adopted domestically), Desalegn, (adopted from Ethiopia) and Ben, (adopted from Vietnam).

  • Dr. Julia Bledsoe, MD 
    University of Washington Medical Center 
    Pediatric Care Center 
    Center for Adoption Medicine 
    4245 Roosevelt Way NE 
    Seattle, WA 98105 
    206-598-3006 phone 
    206-598-3040 fax

    The Center for Adoption Medicine

    The Center for Adoption Medicine at the University of Washington – a is resource for medical and developmental issues in adoption and pediatrics.

    Physicians Dr. Julia Bledsoe and Dr. Julian Davies, provide pre-adoption consultations by telephone for families adopting from abroad or domestically. They perform over 900 pre-adoptive consults per year for children from all countries, and have particular expertise in the diagnosis of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), as the two faculty pediatricians at the University of Washington FAS Clinic, the longest standing FAS center in the US.

    In addition to working at the FAS Clinic and counseling pre-adoptive families, they are also primary care pediatricians in the Seattle area and over half of our patients were adopted. 

  • Jerri Ann Jenista, MD 
    551 Second Street 
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA 
    fax 734-668-9492

    Jerri Ann Jenista, MD is a well known pediatrician, lecturer and writer in the field of adoption medical health.

    Instructions on getting a pre-adoption medical review:

    1. Usually, you should call before sending a tape, especially if you have a particularly short deadline. If I will be out of town for any significant period, there will be a message on the answering machine.
    2. Make copies of everything you have, including photographs, video, medical and social records. Packages do get lost. Color photocopies of the pictures are fine. Materials will not be returned so be sure to make copies of any information you send.
    3. If you have sent an earlier tape or record on the same child, please include a copy of the paperwork or indicate the date on which I reviewed the first data so that I can find the original file easily.
    4. Use the above address for all delivery services. Please waive the signature requirement. Deliveries are accepted every day including weekends.
    5. Turn around time is usually 24 hours unless there is a particularly heavy workload.
    6. Please include a letter with any particular concerns or questions, your daytime and nighttime phone numbers and any alternative ways of contacting you. You will receive a phone call evaluation. Written reports are too time-consuming and I do not provide them unless there is a special circumstance.
    7. The fee is $100 for referrals that are complete before travel. For referrals that the family receives overseas, the fee is $300. If there are special circumstances or this is not a Russian or Eastern European referral, fees may be negotiated. Checks should be made out to Dr. Jenista.
    8. If you are sending a written update on a previously reviewed child, you may fax the information. Be sure to include the date of the first review. Fax reviews will not be provided for referrals where there are pictures or videos available. The only exceptions are certain emergencies and non-Eastern European/Russian referrals.

  • Dana Johnson, M.D., Ph.D. 
    Director, IAC 
    E-mail: or

    Dana Johnson is Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the International Adoption Clinic and Director of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Johnson received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Anatomy and post-graduate training in pediatrics and neonatology at the University of Minnesota where he joined the faculty in 1979. His research focuses on the short- and long-term effects of early childhood institutionalization on child health and early development and on the outcomes of international adoption. 

  • Dr. Eric Downing 
    20 Leninski Prospect 
    Apartment 18 
    Moscow, Russia 117071 
    tel (7095) 954 2627 or (7095) 799 3452 

    Dr. Downing can review medicals and videos and may even be able to visit the orphanage to examine a particular child. Medical Exam includes review of child’s medical chart, physical examination, and report, either written or by phone. Lab tests available include VDRL, HIV, HepBsAg, and Hepatitis C. These tests may or may not be permitted by a particular orphanage. To contact Dr. Downing by e-mail, please send correspondence to and include the word “adoption” in the subject line. Send videos along with medical summaries to: International Medical Clinic, Moscow UI. Konstantine Simonov Dom 8 Apartment 84, Entrance 4 Moscow, Russia 125167 7095-212-1818 phone 7095-799 3452 mobile 800-556-6255 fax 

  • Dr. Boris Skurkovich 
    Rhode Island Hasbro Children’s Hospital 
    Division of Pediatric ID 
    International Adoption Clinic 
    593 Eddy Street 
    Providence, Rhode Island 02903 
    Tel: (401) 444-8360 
    Fax: (401) 444-5650 
    Web page: 
    Speaks and reads English/Ukrainian/Russian 
  • Shriners Hospitals 
    Our families have found that Shriners Hospitals is a great source of family support, education and treatment. 
  • Resources for International Adoption Health and Medicine 
    This site is includes information on health and medical information for international adoptive parents. The site includes health and medical advice for international travel, a directory of international adoption medical clinics, information on specific disabilities and much more.

If you are interested more information please visit a great new resource: Adoption Doctors the website is located at:

The website provides:

  1. Pre-Adoption Medical evaluations of referrals. We try to educate parents about the medical terminology found on the sometimes-confusing medical reports. We feel that with the proper education, parent will be empowered with knowledge and capable of making their decision on the referral.
  2. General medical information about international adoption Medical Archives
  3. Ask the IA Doctor?  Free medical question section where parents may post a question and we answer it for them.
  4. Resource section with links to various adoption related websites.
  5. Parent Discussion moderated by the adoptiondoctors
  6. Adoption Medicine Educational Blog
  7. Adoptiondoctors E-zine
  8. To be released in the spring of 2007,
  9. Post-Adoption Medical Evaluations in our Private practice located on Long Island, New York or referral to another pediatrician that is more local for the family.
  10. Medical correspondent and advisor to adoption related websites.
  11. Adoption seminars for agencies, support groups and organizations

The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult a healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. 

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