Clara A. Callahan, MD

Contact Dr. Callahan

1015 Walnut Street
Curtis Building Suite 110
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-4077
(215) 955-5151 fax

Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Callahan is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Lillian H. Brent Dean of Students and Admissions. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Wayne State University. She subsequently attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where she did two years of her pediatric residency before moving to Jefferson to complete her last year of residency training. She subsequently was the Charles Culpepper Fellow in Ambulatory Pediatrics.  She was appointed to the Pediatrics faculty in 1982 and joined the Dean’s Staff of the Medical College in 1987. After initially working in Student Affairs, she became the Dean for Admissions in 1999 and has recently been appointed to serving as the Director of the Center. Given Dr. Callahan’s long time involvement with medical students, it is not surprising that much of her research centers on the performance of students in medical school and beyond. Her most recent paper, with Drs. Hojat and Gonnella, “The predictive validity of three versions of the MCAT in relation to performance in medical school, residency, and licensing examinations: a longitudinal study of 36 classes of Jefferson Medical College”.