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CEPQM Leadership


Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, CEPQM Director (Principal Investigator) - Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Policy, Department of Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) and William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Sara Toomey, MD, MPH, MPhil, MSc, CEPQM Managing Director, Division of General Pediatrics, BCH, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

About us

Mark Schuster, MD, PhDCEPQM Director (Principal Investigator)

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, is 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.  He previously was Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at RAND, where he held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Promotion, and was Professor of Pediatrics and Health Services at UCLA.  He also was founding director of the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion, a community-based participatory research center funded by the CDC. 

Dr. Schuster conducts research primarily on child, adolescent, and family issues.  He has a long history of studying quality of health care and served as a member of the team that developed the RAND Global Quality Assessment Tool, which documented substantial gaps in quality across the country.  His 1998 overview of quality in the United States prompted the Institute of Medicine’s Crossing Quality Chasm Report and was reprinted by Milbank Quarterly as one of the 14 most important articles in its 80-year history.  He subsequently developed quality measures for public health care and follow-up care for premature infants.  Currently, he is leading the AHRQ/CMS-funded Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement, which is developing national measures of quality of health care.  He is also leading the NIH-funded “Students for Nutrition and eXercise (SNaX),” a study developing and evaluating strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity among youth, and “Improving Adolescent HPV Vaccine Series Initiation and Completion in Pediatric Clinics.” In addition, he is head of the L.A. site of “Healthy Passages,” which seeks to identify influences on substance use, violence, injuries, physical activity, nutrition, sexual behavior, and mental and physical health by studying ~5,000 youth in three cities as they progress from age 11 to 16.  He has also studied family leave, adolescent sexual health, community-based participatory research, well child care, children with HIV-infected parents, the effects of terrorist attacks on stress and coping, and the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

Dr. Schuster has authored over 130 original research articles.  He is co-author of 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 (Crown; 2003) and co-editor of Child Rearing in America: Challenges Facing Parents of Young Children (Cambridge University Press; 2002).  He has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and NPR, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Time, Newsweek, People, and many parenting magazines. 

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 did his pediatrics residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and his fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA.  He won the Nemours Child Health Services Research Award from AcademyHealth for early career achievement in 2003, the Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for career achievement in 2009, and the Douglas K. Richardson Award for lifetime achievement from the Society for Pediatric Research in 2014.  He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2013, and he will serve as President of the Academic Pediatric Association in 2013-2014. 

Advisory Boards

CEPQM’s efforts are informed by a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and a National Stakeholder Panel (NSP). CEPQM also benefits from a partnership with the Massachusetts Child Health Quality Coalition, which comprises of representatives from academic, state, and community institutions as well as parents and patient advocates.

CEPQM Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

  • Mark Schuster, MD, PhD (PI), Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Policy, Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH); William Berenberg Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
  • Richard Antonelli, MD, MS, Medical Director, Integrated Care and Strategic Partnerships, BCH; Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, HMS
  • John Ayanian, MD, MPP, Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation; Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School; Professor of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 
  • David Bates, MD, MSc, Senior Vice President for Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer, BWH; Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, BWH; Co-Director, Program in Clinical Effectives, HSPH; Medical Director, Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partners Healthcare; Professor, Medicine, HMS; Professor, Health Policy and Management, HSPH
  • Paul Cleary, PhD, Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Professor of Sociology; Yale School of Public Health; Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS
  • Martha Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN, Ellen and Robert Kapito Professor in Nursing Science, School of Nursing and School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Nurse Scientist, Critical Care and Cardiovascular Nursing, Critical Care Medicine, BCH
  • Timothy Ferris, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Mass General Physicians Organization, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Associate Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics, HMS
  • Jonathan Finkelstein, MD, MPH, Donald M. Berwick Chair in Pediatric Quality and Outcomes, BCH; Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Population Medicine, HMS/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
  • Donald Goldmann, MD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Senior Physician in Medicine, BCH; Professor in the Department of immunology and Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, HSPS; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, HMS
  • Charles Homer, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Institute for Children’s Health Quality; Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, HMS; Associate Professor, HSPH
  • Lisa Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Director, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor, Medicine, HMS
  • Kathy Jenkins, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer, Program for Patient Safety and Quality, BCH; Senior Associate in Cardiology, BCH; Director, Pulmonary Vein Stenosis Program, BCH; Professor, Pediatrics, HMS
  • Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, C. Boyden Gray Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, HSPH; Associate Professor, Medicine, HMS; Staff Physician, Boston VA Healthcare System
  • Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Lawrence J. Henderson Professor, Pediatrics and Health Sciences and Technology, HMS; Director of Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, BCH; Co-director of Center for Biomedical Informatics, HMS; Director of Countway Library of Medicine, HMS
  • Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics, HMS; Research/Fellowship Director, Inpatient Pediatrics Service, Medicine, BCH; Director of Sleep and Patient Safety Program, Medicine, BWH
  • David Link, MD, Cheif, Pediatrics, Cambridge Health Alliance; Associate Professor, Pediatrics, HMS
  • Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, Director, Intelligent Health Laboratory, Children's Hospital Informatics Program, BCH; Professor, Pediatrics, HMS
  • Marie McCormick, MD, ScD, Sumner and Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, HSPS, Professor of Pediatrics, HMS; Senior Associate Director of the Infant Follow-up Program, BCH
  • Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS, Senior Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer of Endocrinology and Informatics Program, BCH; Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, HMS; Faculty, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, HMS
  • Stavroula Osganian, MD, ScD, Director of Clinical Research Program, BCH; Associate Professor, Pediatrics, HMS
  • David Polakoff, MD, ScD, Chief Medical Officer and Associate Dean, Commonwealth Medicine; Director, Center for Health Policy and Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • James Perrin, MD, Director of Mass General Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, Director of General Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Research, MGH; Professor, Pediatrics, HMS
  • Meredith Rosenthal, PhD, Professor, Health and Economics Policy, Associate Dean for Diversity, HSPS
  • Dana Safran, ScD, Senior Vice President for Performance Measurement and Improvement, Healthcare Services Division, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Alan Zaslavsky, PhD, Professor, Health Care Policy, HMS

 CEPQM National Stakeholder Panel (NSP)

  • Jonathan Finkelstein, MD, MPH (Chair), Donald M. Berwick Chair in Pediatric Quality and Outcomes, Department of Medicine, BCH; Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Population Medicine, HMS/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
  • Bruce Bagley, MD, President and CEO of TransforME, subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians (Representing: American Academy of Family Physicians) 
  • Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Pediatric Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Representing: American Academy of Nursing)
  • Anne Beal, MD, MPH, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Officer for Engagement, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Representing: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)
  • O. Marion Burton, MD, FAAP, Director of Community Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of South Carolina School of Medicine (Representing: Medicaid Medical Directors Learning Network)
  • Gerard Carrino, PhD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Program Resource Development & Evaluation, March of Dimes (Representing: March of Dimes)
  • Tumaini Coker, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Health Services Researcher at RAND Corporation (Representing: Academic Pediatric Association)
  • Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality (Representing: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
  • Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Vice President/Co-Chief Operating Officer, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (Representing: Society of Pediatric Nurses)
  • Nancy Foster, Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety Policy, American Hospital Association (Representing: American Hospital Association)
  • Thomas James, MD, Corporate Medical Director for Medical Policy, The AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies (Representing: American's Health Insurance Plans) 
  • Roderick King, MD, MPH, Senior Faculty, MGH Disparities Solutions Center, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, HMS (Representing: Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Thomas McInerny, MD, FAAP, Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Representing: American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • John Santelli, MD, MPH, (Chair) Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Columbia University, President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (Representing: Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine)
  • Ellen Schwalenstocker, MBA, PhD, Acting Vice President, Quality Advocacy and Measurement, National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (Representing: National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions)
  • Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP, President and CEO, AcademyHealth (Representing: Academy Health)
  • Nora Wells, MEd, Director of Programs / Co-Director, National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships at Family Voices (Representing: Family Voices)

    Massachusetts Child Health Quality Coalition

     The Massachusetts Child Health Quality Coalition is a 60-member coalition that includes child health advocates, providers, state agencies, and quality experts. 

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