Founding Dean and CEO, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD, is the founding dean and CEO of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. In his role as founding dean, Dr. Schuster oversees the day-to-day operations and unique direction of the School of Medicine. He assumed his position in October 2017.
At the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, Dr. Schuster leads the development of an innovative model of medical education, informed by Kaiser Permanente’s rich clinical and population data, deep community engagement, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and personalized patient-centered care, leveraging the principles of Permanente Medicine and the unique attributes of the Kaiser Permanente system of care.
Prior to his appointment, he served as the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of general pediatrics and vice chair for health policy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2007.
Dr. Schuster is recognized as an international leader in research on child, adolescent and family health, concentrating on topics such as quality of care, health disparities, family leave, obesity prevention, and bullying. He has served as professor of pediatrics and health services at UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health and director of health promotion and disease prevention at RAND, the Santa Monica, California think tank.
Dr. Schuster has written two books, more than 250 journal articles, and numerous research briefs and reports. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and has served as president of the Academic Pediatric Association. He is a recipient of the Richardson Award for lifetime achievement from the Society for Pediatric Research and the Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School.
He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Yale, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, his master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his PhD from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He completed his pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and his fellowship at the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.