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Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD

Founding Dean and CEO; Professor

A physician, scientist, educator, and advocate for healthy families and communities, National Academy of Medicine member Dr. Mark A. 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. Dr. Schuster has written two books and more than 200 journal articles, as well as numerous research briefs and reports. He had continuous federal research funding, including funding from AHRQ, CDC, and NIH, from 1998 until moving to the School. Dr. Schuster has precepted in primary and urgent care, developed and taught a course on community-based participatory health research, taught classes in multiple courses, and served as a mentor to students, residents, and faculty. He has held various leadership roles, including service as President of the Academic Pediatrics Association and Director of the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Program. Dr. Schuster is the recipient of the St. Geme Leadership Award from the Federation of Pediatric Organizations, the Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School, and the Richardson Award for lifetime achievement from the Society for Pediatric Research. He was appointed Founding Dean and CEO of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in 2017.

Education and Training

  • BA, summa cum laude, Yale University
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Internship and Residency, Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, UCLA
  • PhD, Public Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies


Selected Prior Positions

1995-2007 Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine
1995-2007 Senior Natural Scientist
1998-2007 Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Health Services, Department of Health Services
UCLA School of Public Health
2002-2006 Co-Director
RAND Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Research Center
2006-2007 Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Services, Policy, and Community Research
Department of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine
2006-2007 Distinguished Chair in Health Promotion and Director
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, RAND
2007-2017 Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Policy
Department of Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
2007-2017 William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School


Selected Honors and Awards
2003 Nemours Child Health Services Research Award
2005-2007 Commissioner
L.A. City Commission for Children, Youth, and Their Families
2009 Research Award
Academic Pediatric Association
2013 Elected Member
National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine)
2014 Douglas K. Richardson Award for Perinatal and Pediatric Healthcare Research
Society for Pediatric Research
2015 A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award
Harvard Medical School
2018 Public Policy and Advocacy Award
Academic Pediatric Association
2018 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award
Federation of Pediatric Organizations

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Schuster MA, Bell RM, Kanouse DE. The sexual practices of adolescent virgins: genital sexual activities of high school students who have never had vaginal intercourse. Am J Public Health 1996;86:1570–1576. PMCID: PMC1380691
  • Schuster MA, McGlynn EA, Brook RH. How good is the quality of health care in the United States? Milbank Q 1998;76:517–563. Reprinted in 2005 Milbank Memorial Fund Special Issue of Milbank Q.
  • Schuster MA, Stein BD, Jaycox LH, Collins RL, Marshall GN, Elliott MN, Zhou AJ, Kanouse DE, Morrison JL, Berry SH. A national survey of stress reactions after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. N Engl J Med 2001;345:1507–1512.
  • Schuster MA, Corona R, Elliott MN, Kanouse DE, Eastman KL, Zhou AJ, Klein DJ. Evaluation of Talking Parents, Healthy Teens, a new worksite-based parenting programme to promote parent-adolescent communication about sexual health: randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2008;337:a308. PMCID: PMC2500197
  • Schuster MA, Chung PJ, Elliott MN, Garfield CF, Vestal KD, Klein DJ. Awareness and use of California’s paid family leave insurance among parents of chronically ill children. JAMA 2008;300:1047–1055.
  • Schuster MA, Elliott MN, Kanouse DE, Wallander JL, Tortolero SR, Ratner JA, Klein DJ, Cuccaro PM, Davies SL, Banspach SW. Racial and ethnic health disparities among fifth-graders in three cities. N Engl J Med 2012;367:735–745.
  • Berry JG, Toomey SL, Zaslavsky AM, Jha AK, Nakamura MM, Klein DJ, Feng JY, Shulman S, Chiang VK, Kaplan W, Hall M, Schuster MA. Pediatric readmission prevalence and variability across hospitals. JAMA 2013;309:372–380. PMCID: PMC3640861
  • Schuster MA, Elliott MN, Bogart LM, Klein DJ, Feng JY, Wallander JL, Cuccaro P, Tortolero SR. Changes in obesity between fifth and tenth grades: a longitudinal study in three metropolitan areas. Pediatrics 2014;134:1051-1058.
  • Schuster MA, Bogart LM, Klein DJ, Feng JY, Tortolero SR, Mrug S, Lewis TH, Elliott MN. A longitudinal study of bullying of sexual-minority youth. N Engl J Med 2015;372:1872–1874.
  • Toomey SL, Elliott MN, Zaslavsky AM, Klein DJ, Ndon S, Hardy S, Wu M, Schuster MA. Variation in family experience of pediatric inpatient care as measured by Child HCAHPS. Pediatrics 2017; doi:10.1542/peds.2016-3372.

Commentaries and published speeches

  • Schuster MA. On being gay in medicine. Acad Pediatr 2012;12:75–78.
  • Schuster MA, Chung PJ. Time off to care for a sick child—why family-leave policies matter. N Engl J Med 2014;371:493–495.
  • Schuster MA. Pediatric clinicians and parents: working together for the benefit of the child. Acad Pediatr 2015;15:469–473.
  • Schuster MA, Reisner SL, Onorato SE. Beyond bathrooms—meeting the health needs of transgender people. N Engl J Med 2016;375:101–103.
  • Schuster MA, Fuentes-Afflick E. Caring for children by supporting parents. N Engl J Med 2017;376:410–413.
  • Schuster MA, Onorato SE, Meltzer DO. Measuring the cost of quality measurement: a missing link in quality strategy. JAMA 2017;318(13):1219–1220.
  • Schuster MA. The 2018 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. leadership award address: reflections on mentorship. Pediatrics 2019; doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-2957.
  • Halfon N, McLearn KT, Schuster MA, editors. Child rearing in America: challenges facing parents of young children. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press; 2002.
  • Richardson J, Schuster MA. Everything you never wanted your kids to know about sex (but were afraid they’d ask): the secrets to surviving your child’s sexual development from birth to the teens. New York, NY: Crown; 2003 (hardcover) & Three Rivers Press; 2004 (trade paperback). Thai edition 2004. French-Canadian edition 2006. Brazilian edition 2007. Mandarin (Mainland China) edition 2008. Romanian edition 2012.