Janice Key, MD

Janice Key, MD

Pediatrics Charleston, SC

Professor of Medicine, Med University SC

Office Address

  • 135 Rutledge Ave MSC 561
    MUSC Boeing Center for Children's Wellness
    Charleston, SC 29425
    Phone: (843) 876-2039
    Fax: (843) 876-1493

Janice Key, MD

Pediatrics Charleston, SC

Professor of Medicine, Med University SC


  • Dr. Janice Key is the Director of School and Community-based Programs at the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness located at the Medical University of South Carolina (www.musc.edu/leanteam) where she is also Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Key has long been interested in wellness promotion and obesity prevention. 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© is expanding to reach 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 new SC Obesity Strategic Plan (www.scaledown.org).

    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. Dr. Key has served on local and national committees including the Executive Committee for the 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 Wannamaker Community Service Award, the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Vincent Outstanding Professional Award, the AAP Special Achievement Award and several teaching awards. She is included in Best Doctors in America and the Guide to America's Top Pediatricians.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Clinical Interests: School Health Services; Adolescent Health Services; Program Evaluation; Adolescent Psychology; Pregnancy in Adolescence; Child Welfare; Obesity; Health Promotion

Education & Training

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of MedicineUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • University of NC

Certifications & Licensure

  • SC State Medical LicenseSC State Medical License1991 - 2017
  • American Board of PediatricsPediatrics
  • American Board of PediatricsAdolescent Medicine
  • American Board of Medical GeneticsClinical Genetics

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • Special Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, 2014
    • Regional Top DoctorCastle Connolly, 2014
    • SCMA Community ServiceCCMS Docs Adopt School Wellness, 2012

    Publications & Presentations


    Journal Articles

    • Editors of Symposium Issue: Obesity in Children and Adolescents: An Epidemic That Threatens Future Health Care in South Carolina  Stallworth J and Key JD, Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 4/1/2009
    • Community and School-based Interventions to Prevent Obesity in Children and Adolescents  Key JD, Oexmann MJ, and Russell AM, Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 1/1/2009
    • Practice guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood and adolescent obesity  Hocevar SN and Key JD, Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 1/1/2009

    Insurance Accepted

    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
    • BCBS Illinois PPO
    • CIGNA Open Access
    • Cofinity PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Great West PPO
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • Multiplan PHCS PPO
    • Multiplan PPO
    • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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