Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD
- 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
A physician, scientist, educator, and advocate for healthy families and communities, 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 from 1998 until moving to the School, including funding from AHRQ, CDC, and NIH. 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. He was appointed Founding Dean and CEO of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in 2017.
- Prior Positions (selected)
- 1995–2007Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of PediatricsDepartment of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine1995–2007Senior Natural ScientistRAND1998–2007Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Health Services, Department of Health ServicesUCLA School of Public Health2002–2006Co-DirectorRAND Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Research Center2006–2007Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Services, Policy, and Community ResearchDepartment of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine2006–2007Distinguished Chair in Health Promotion and DirectorHealth Promotion and Disease Prevention, RAND2007–2017Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health PolicyDepartment of Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital2007–2017William Berenberg Professor of PediatricsHarvard Medical School
- Honors and Awards (selected)
- 2003Nemours Child Health Services Research AwardAcademyHealth2005–2007CommissionerL.A. City Commission for Children, Youth, and Their Families2009Research AwardAcademic Pediatric Association2013Elected MemberNational Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine)2014Douglas K. Richardson Award for Perinatal and Pediatric Healthcare ResearchSociety for Pediatric Research2015A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring AwardHarvard Medical School2018Public Policy and Advocacy AwardAcademic Pediatric Association2018Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership AwardFederation of Pediatric Organizations
- Publications (selected)
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. Excellence in research: threats from all directions. Acad Pediatr 2010;10:7–9, & J Adolesc Health 2010;46:110–112 (simultaneous publication in both journals).
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.
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.