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.