Since January 2016, Christine K. Cassel, MD, has served as planning dean. “We are truly grateful to Planning Dean Christine K. Cassel, MD, for contributing her leadership and expertise to the creation of the school,” said Dr. Humphrey. “Dr. Cassel will continue her work with the school to help it prepare to welcome its first class of students.”

Before moving to Boston, Dr. Schuster 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 think tank.

Dr. Schuster has written two books, including his co-authored “Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask),” more than 200 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.

Dr. Schuster 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.

Dr. Schuster will reside in Pasadena with his husband, Jeff Webb, an attorney who leads the labor and employment department at Ropes & Gray, two sons and a dog.