Last Name

Janice D. Key

InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
DepartmentAdolescent Medicine
AddressP.O. Box MSC 561
RT 387
135 Rutledge Ave.
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    1995The Walt Ector Award for Innovative Approahces to Child Health Care Delivery, MUSC
    1996Miracle Maker Award, Children's Miracle Network
    1996 - 2012"Best Dotors in America"
    1997Family Medicine Clinical Teaching award, MUSC
    2004Distinguished Faculty Service Award, MUSC
    2007Dr. Charles C. Wannamaker Community Health Services Award
    2008"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians"
    2010Murray J. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
    2012Top Doctors, US News & World Reports
    2012Community Service Award, South Carolina Medical Association
    2014Special Achievement Award, American Academy of Pediatrics SC Chapter

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    Dr. Janice Key is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), with a joint appointment in Psychiatry. Dr. Key is the Division Director of Adolescent Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina which she established in 1991. Her clinical areas of interest include health promotion and prevention, teen pregnancy, chronic illnesses and genetic disorders, psychiatric disorders, and poor school performance. She has been included in Best Doctors in America since 1998 and in the Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians since 2008. Dr. Key has long been interested in wellness promotion and obesity prevention. While continuing to be an active clinician, Dr. Key has also conducted community and clinical research projects including school-based health care, adolescent smoking cessation, teen pregnancy prevention, interventions for at-risk middle school students, as well as obesity treatment and prevention. She is the Director of School and Community-based Programs at the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness ( For the past 20 years she has worked to decrease childhood obesity through improved physician practice and as well as through school-based programs. Her innovative program that pairs physicians with school wellness committees, the Docs Adopt School Health Initiative©, has led to improved nutrition and increased physical activity in over 150 schools. In the 2014-2015 school year the Docs-Adopt School Health Initiative© expanded into 9 school districts across South Carolina as well as schools in Pottstown PA. The Docs-Adopt School Health Initiative© is a recommended strategy in the SC Obesity Action Plan 2014-2019 ( Dr. Key has served on local and national committees including the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Adolescent Health, the SC AAP Executive Committee, and the Charleston County Medical Society School Health Committee. Dr. Key leads the South Carolina Medical Association Childhood Obesity Taskforce and is a member of the SC DHEC Obesity Advisory Committee. She has received the MUSC Distinguished Service Faculty Award, the Charleston County Medical Society Wannamaker Community Service Award, the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Vincent Outstanding Professional Award, the AAP Special Achievement Award and several MUSC teaching awards.
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    Obesity, Adolescent Medicine, Adolescents with chronic illnesses, Bahavioral and academic difficulties in adolescents

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    1. Key JD, Simmons J. Development and Use of the SCMA Childhood Obesity Taskforce Toolkit. J S C Med Assoc. 2014 Sep-Oct; 110(3):101-4. PMID: 27124995.
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    2. Key JD, Byrne JM, Saito A, Prendergast M, Chambers J, Spurlock D. The Docs-Adopt School Wellness Initiative: An Innovative Program to Involve Doctors in School-Based Obesity Prevention Efforts. J S C Med Assoc. 2014 Sep-Oct; 110(3):94-7. PMID: 27124993.
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    3. Key J, Finch M, Degenhart V. Changing The Game in Childhood Obesity Prevention. J S C Med Assoc. 2014 Sep-Oct; 110(3):91. PMID: 27124991.
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    4. Key JD, Oexmann MJ, Russell AM. Community and school-based interventions to prevent obesity in children and adolescents. J S C Med Assoc. 2009 Apr; 105(2):59-63. PMID: 19480128.
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    5. Hocevar SN, Key JD. Practice guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood and adolescent obesity. J S C Med Assoc. 2009 Apr; 105(2):46-50. PMID: 19480125.
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    6. Key JD, Gebregziabher MG, Marsh LD, O'Rourke KM. Effectiveness of an intensive, school-based intervention for teen mothers. J Adolesc Health. 2008 Apr; 42(4):394-400. PMID: 18346665.
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    7. Key JD, O'Rourke K, Judy N, McKinnon SA. Efficacy of a secondary adolescent pregnancy prevention program: an ecological study before, during and after implementation of the Second Chance Club. Int Q Community Health Educ. 2005-2006; 24(3):231-40. PMID: 17686742.
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    8. Brewer TL, Key JD, O'Rourke K. Identification of resident and attending physicians: do parents know who is caring for their hospitalized child? Ambul Pediatr. 2004 May-Jun; 4(3):257-9. PMID: 15153060.
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    9. Key JD, Marsh LD, Carter CL, Malcolm RJ, Sinha D. Family-focused smoking cessation:enhanced efficacy by the addition of partner support and group therapy. Subst Abus. 2004 Mar; 25(1):37-41. PMID: 15201110.
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    10. Key JD, Hoffman MC, Neal D, Hulsey TC. Teen pregnancy in South Carolina: a local needs assessment of Charleston County. J S C Med Assoc. 2003 Dec; 99(12):360-4. PMID: 14983526.
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    11. Key JD, Marsh LD. Missed opportunities for prevention: failure to identify smoking in the parents of adolescent patients. Subst Abus. 2002 Dec; 23(4):215-21. PMID: 12438834.
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    12. Key JD, Washington EC, Hulsey TC. Reduced emergency department utilization associated with school-based clinic enrollment. J Adolesc Health. 2002 Apr; 30(4):273-8. PMID: 11927239.
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    13. Key JD, Barbosa GA, Owens VJ. The Second Chance Club: repeat adolescent pregnancy prevention with a school-based intervention. J Adolesc Health. 2001 Mar; 28(3):167-9. PMID: 11226838.
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    14. Carter CL, Key J, Marsh L, Graves K. Contemporary perspectives in tobacco cessation: what oncologists need to know. Oncologist. 2001; 6(6):496-505. PMID: 11743212.
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    15. Key JD. The limits of childhood: adolescent health care in pediatric practice. J S C Med Assoc. 1997 Aug; 93(8):305-7. PMID: 9270206.
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    16. Marsh LD, Key JD, Spratt E. Bulimia and dextromethorphan abuse. A case study. J Subst Abuse Treat. 1997 Jul-Aug; 14(4):373-6. PMID: 9368214.
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    17. Key JD. Illness and injuries at summer camp. South Med J. 1997 May; 90(5):489-92. PMID: 9160064.
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    18. Springer SC, Key JD. Vitamin B12 deficiency and subclinical infection with Giardia lamblia in an adolescent with agammaglobulinemia of Bruton. J Adolesc Health. 1997 Jan; 20(1):58-61. PMID: 9007660.
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    19. Key JD, Marsh LD, Darden PM. Adolescent medicine in pediatric practice: a survey of practice and training. Am J Med Sci. 1995 Feb; 309(2):83-7. PMID: 7847446.
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    20. Key JD, Key LL. Calcium needs of adolescents. Curr Opin Pediatr. 1994 Aug; 6(4):379-82. PMID: 7951657.
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    21. Thomas NJ, Key JD, Ector WL. Bicycle-related head injuries in South Carolina children: what can we do to prevent them? J S C Med Assoc. 1994 Aug; 90(8):355-9. PMID: 7934002.
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    22. Sahn EE, Salinas CF, Sens MA, Key J, Swiger FK, Holbrook KA. Infantile systemic hyalinosis in a black infant. Pediatr Dermatol. 1994 Mar; 11(1):52-60. PMID: 7513419.
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    23. Key JD, Hammill WW, Everett L. Pulmonary embolus in an adolescent on oral contraceptives. J Adolesc Health. 1992 Dec; 13(8):713-5. PMID: 1290774.
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    24. Rodin AE, Key JD. Humanism and values in the medical short stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. South Med J. 1992 May; 85(5):528-37. PMID: 1585207.
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    25. Rodin AE, Key JD. Osler's brain and related mental matters. South Med J. 1990 Feb; 83(2):207-12. PMID: 2406934.
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    26. Rodin AE, Key JD. Assessment and significance of Arthur Conan Doyle's medical writings. South Med J. 1982 Nov; 75(11):1392-9. PMID: 6755730.
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