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Paul J. Chung, MD, MS

Chair of Health Systems Science; Professor

As Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine’s Chair of Health Systems Science, Dr. Paul J. Chung leads the development and implementation of a four-year curriculum in topics ranging from patient safety and quality to community and population health. Dr. Chung also leads the creation and growth of a health services research enterprise that includes health equity and social justice for underserved populations. In addition to his new roles at the School of Medicine, he is currently an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy and Management at UCLA; Adjunct Senior Scientist at RAND; Associate Editor of Academic Pediatrics; and President-Elect of the Academic Pediatric Association. His personal research interests include primary care redesign for medically and socially complex children; and childhood determinants of adult health, including early childhood development, educational environments, child and adolescent health behaviors, juvenile justice, and child poverty and adversity. Dr. Chung has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Lucile Packard Foundation, and other public and private agencies.

Education and Training

  • AB, Harvard College
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Chief Residency, Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Chicago
  • MS, Health Studies, University of Chicago


Selected Prior Positions

2008-2018 Associate Director
UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program (formerly RJW Clinical Scholars Program)
2012-2018 Chief of General Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
2013-2018 Director of Health Services Research
UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovations Institute
2014-2018 Chair
Pediatric Policy Council (Washington, DC)


Selected Honors and Awards

2009 Nemours Child Health Services Research Award
AcademyHealth (Awarded annually to one early-career child health services researcher in the U.S.)

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Chung PJ, Garfield CF, Rathouz PJ, Lauderdale DS, Best D, Lantos J. Youth targeting by tobacco manufacturers since the Master Settlement Agreement. Health Aff (Millwood). 2002 Mar-Apr;21(2):254-63.
  • Garfield CF, Chung PJ, Rathouz PJ. Alcohol advertising in magazines and adolescent readership. JAMA. 2003 May 14;289(18):2424-9.
  • Chung PJ, Schuster MA. Access and quality in child health services: voltage drops. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Sep-Oct;23(5):77-87.
  • Chung PJ, Lee TC, Morrison JL, Schuster MA. Preventive care for children in the United States: quality and barriers. Annu Rev Public Health. 2006;27:491-515. Review.
  • Chung PJ, Garfield CF, Elliott MN, Carey C, Eriksson C, Schuster MA. Need for and use of family leave among parents of children with special health care needs. Pediatrics. 2007 May;119(5):e1047-55.
  • 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 Sep 3;300(9):1047-55.
  • Chung PJ, Garfield CF, Elliott MN, Ostroff J, Ross C, Jernigan DH, Vestal KD, Schuster MA. Association between adolescent viewership and alcohol advertising on cable television. Am J Public Health. 2010 Mar;100(3):555-62.
  • Coker TR, Windon A, Moreno C, Schuster MA, Chung PJ. Well-child care clinical practice redesign for young children: a systematic review of strategies and tools. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar;131 Suppl 1:S5-25.
  • Coker TR, Thomas T, Chung PJ. Does well-child care have a future in pediatrics? Pediatrics. 2013 Apr;131 Suppl 2:S149-59.
  • Coker TR, Moreno C, Shekelle PG, Schuster MA, Chung PJ. Well-child care clinical practice redesign for serving low-income children. Pediatrics. 2014 Jul;134(1):e229-39.
  • Wong MD, Coller KM, Dudovitz RN, Kennedy DP, Buddin R, Shapiro MF, Kataoka SH, Brown AF, Tseng CH, Bergman P, Chung PJ. Successful schools and risky behaviors among low-income adolescents. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug;134(2):e389-96.
  • Coller RJ, Nelson BB, Sklansky DJ, Saenz AA, Klitzner TS, Lerner CF, Chung PJ. Preventing hospitalizations in children with medical complexity: a systematic review. Pediatrics. 2014 Dec;134(6):e1628-47.
  • Datar A, Chung PJ. Changes in Socioeconomic, Racial/Ethnic, and Sex Disparities in Childhood Obesity at School Entry in the United States. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Jul;169(7):696-7.
  • Guerrero AD, Ponce NA, Chung PJ. Obesogenic Dietary Practices of Latino and Asian Subgroups of Children in California: An Analysis of the California Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. Am J Public Health. 2015 Aug;105(8):e105-12.
  • Coller RJ, Klitzner TS, Saenz AA, Lerner CF, Nelson BB, Chung PJ. The Medical Home and Hospital Readmissions. Pediatrics. 2015 Dec;136(6):e1550-60.
  • Colvin JD, Hall M, Gottlieb L, Bettenhausen JL, Shah SS, Berry JG, Chung PJ. Hospitalizations of Low-Income Children and Children With Severe Health Conditions: Implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Feb;170(2):176-8.
  • Coker TR, Chacon S, Elliott MN, Bruno Y, Chavis T, Biely C, Bethell CD, Contreras S, Mimila NA, Mercado J, Chung PJ. A Parent Coach Model for Well-Child Care Among Low-Income Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. 2016 Mar;137(3):e20153013.
  • Coller RJ, Lerner CF, Eickhoff JC, Klitzner TS, Sklansky DJ, Ehlenbach M, Chung PJ. Medical Complexity among Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Two-Dimensional View. Health Serv Res. 2016 Aug;51(4):1644-69.
  • Nelson BB, Dudovitz RN, Coker TR, Barnert ES, Biely C, Li N, Szilagyi PG, Larson K, Halfon N, Zimmerman FJ, Chung PJ. Predictors of Poor School Readiness in Children Without Developmental Delay at Age 2. Pediatrics. 2016 Aug;138(2).
  • Colvin JD, Hall M, Berry JG, Gottlieb LM, Bettenhausen JL, Shah SS, Fieldston ES, Conway PH, Chung PJ. Financial Loss for Inpatient Care of Medicaid-Insured Children. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Nov 1;170(11):1055-1062.
  • Barnert ES, Dudovitz R, Nelson BB, Coker TR, Biely C, Li N, Chung PJ. How Does Incarcerating Young People Affect Their Adult Health Outcomes? Pediatrics. 2017 Feb;139(2).
  • Colvin JD, Hall M, Thurm C, Bettenhausen JL, Gottlieb L, Shah SS, Fieldston ES, Goldin AB, Melzer SM, Conway PH, Chung PJ. Hypothetical Network Adequacy Schemes For Children Fail To Ensure Patients’ Access To In-Network Children’s Hospital. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 Jun;37(6):873-880.
  • Coller RJ, Klitzner TS, Lerner CF, Nelson BB, Thompson LR, Zhao Q, Saenz AA, Ia S, Flores-Vazquez J, Chung PJ. Complex Care Hospital Use and Postdischarge Coaching: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. 2018 Aug;142(2).
  • Schickedanz A, Halfon N, Sastry N, Chung PJ. Parents’ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Children’s Behavioral Health Problems. Pediatrics. 2018 Aug;142(2).
  • Bettenhausen JL, Hall M, Colvin JD, Puls HT, Chung PJ. The Effect of Lowering Public Insurance Income Limits on Hospitalizations for Low-Income Children. Pediatrics. 2018 Aug;142(2).
  • Barnert ES, Coller RJ, Nelson BB, Thompson LR, Klitzner TS, Szilagyi M, Breck AM, Chung PJ. A Healthy Life for a Child With Medical Complexity: 10 Domains for Conceptualizing Health. Pediatrics. 2018 Sep;142(3).
  • View a complete list of Dr. Chung’s manuscripts

Invited commentaries

  • Schuster MA, Chung PJ. Time off to care for a sick child–why family-leave policies matter. N Engl J Med. 2014 Aug 7;371(6):493-5.
  • Chung PJ, Lerner CF. Incentivizing Care Coordination in Managed Care. Pediatrics. 2017 Sep;140(3).
  • Barnert ES, Chung PJ. Responding to Parental Incarceration As a Priority Pediatric Health Issue. Pediatrics. 2018 Sep;142(3).
  • Schickedanz A, Chung PJ. Addressing Family Homelessness in Pediatrics: Progress and Possibility. Pediatrics. 2018 Oct;142(4).