Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD, became the Founding Dean and CEO of the new Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine in October 2017. Prior to that, he had 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 internationally recognized as a leader in research on child, adolescent, and family health. With funding from NIH, CDC, and AHRQ, he has studied topics such as racial and ethnic health disparities, quality of care, health disparities, family leave, sexual and gender minority health, obesity prevention, and adolescent sexual health. Before moving to Boston, he served as Professor of Pediatrics and of 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 co-authored over 250 articles and 2 books. He is an elected member of the National Academy 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, the Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School, and the Joseph St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award from the Federation of Pediatric Organizations. Dr. Schuster has been named among Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives. He received his BA summa cum laude from Yale, his MD from Harvard Medical School, his MPP 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.