UCSD/Rady Children's Hospital; American Medical Women's Association
Kanani Titchen, MD, FAAP, is an Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine physician at Rady Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor at UC San Diego, as well as former co-chair of the health subcommittee for the San Diego Human Trafficking and CSEC Advisory Council. Dr. Titchen first encountered human sex trafficking while scrubbed into a gynecologic surgery in medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2011. While still a pediatric resident, Dr. Titchen trained with nonprofit GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) in New York City, created an online video tutorial to educate doctors about human sex trafficking, and co-founded the non-profit Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) under the auspices of the American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Titchen has authored numerous articles for medical journals and for the lay press about U.S. domestic child trafficking and physician education, is editor of the first case-based medical guide about human trafficking in adolescents, and has advocated for labor and sex trafficking survivors on The Hill and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has spoken at multiple academic institutions, hospitals, on public radio, and via TEDx about the need for trauma-sensitive physical exams and a trauma-informed approach for working with victims and survivors of labor and sex trafficking.