Iris W. Borowsky, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Iris W. Borowsky

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-2398

Fax 612-626-2134

Office Address:
Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Room 389
717 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
1932K (Campus Delivery Code)
717 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

MD, Washington University School of Medicine

Residency, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (Pediatrics)

Fellowship, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (General Academic Pediatrics)

PhD, Washington University School of Medicine (Division of Biomedical Sciences, Neurosciences)


Iris Wagman Borowsky, MD, PhD is a Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Post-Doctoral Research Training Program in Child & Adolescent Primary Care Research at the University of Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree at Duke University, and her PhD in Neuroscience and MD from Washington University School of Medicine. Her pediatric internship and residency were at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she also completed a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics, with an emphasis on children and adolescents living in high-risk environments.

Much of Dr. Borowsky's clinical and teaching activities are at the Community University Health Care Center, a neighborhood-based outreach clinic of the University of Minnesota which provides care to an ethnically-diverse, low income urban population. Her research focuses on risk and protective factors for involvement in self-directed and interpersonal violence among youth, as well as the development of effective violence prevention strategies, particularly interventions that can be used by health care providers in clinical encounters. Her studies laid the foundation for the development of a theoretically-grounded, evidence-based youth violence prevention intervention, and one of the first randomized, controlled evaluations of a primary care-based intervention designed to reduce violence involvement and violence-related injury among youth. Through presentations to diverse professional audiences, Congressional testimony, media coverage of peer-reviewed publications, and preparation and dissemination of monographs and briefing materials, she has sought to use her research to impact practice and policy decisions. Throughout her career, Dr. Borowsky has mentored medical, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students, as well as residents, fellows, and junior faculty in multiple disciplines. In 2013, she received the Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award from the national American Pediatric Association (APA), which recognizes the contributions of an APA member who has provided outstanding mentorship to learners or colleagues, both locally and nationally, and serves as model to others who aspire to mentor others as they mature.

Awards & Recognition

  • 1984: Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, Duke University
  • 1984: Graduation with Distinction in Chemistry, Duke University
  • 1984-1990: National Institutes of Health, Research Services Award, Medical Scientist Training Program
  • 1986: Oliver H. Lowry Prize in Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 1990: Alpha Omega Alpha, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 1990: Sandoz Award in Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 1997: Physician Research Commendation, Minnesota Physician
  • 1998-2000: McQuarrie Research Scholar Award, U of MN, Minneapolis
  • 1999-2003: Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • 2001: Jundt Research Award, U of MN, Minneapolis
  • 2003, 2007: Academic Pediatric Association Presidential Plenary Session Platform Presentations
  • 2012: Women Changing the Face of Pediatrics Lectureship, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • 2013: Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award, Academic Pediatric Association
  • 2017: Alumni Achievement Award, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Department of Pediatrics
  • 2018: Gisela & E. Paul Konopka Endowed Chair in Adolescent Health and Development, University of Minnesota Medical School


Research Summary/Interests

Risk and protective factors for health-risk behaviors among youth; Development of effective strategies to reduce psychosocial problems in children and adolescents; Prevention of interpersonal and self-directed violence and bullying among youth



  • Child and adolescent health

Board Certifications

General Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

General pediatrics; Prevention and health promotion; Parenting education; Patient-doctor communication

Clinical Experience Statement

For over 20 years, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with children and their families at the Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC). I am passionate about the mission of CUHCC: To seek health equity in our community by advancing the well-being of diverse people. I thoroughly enjoy going the extra mile for patients.