Mark A. Schuster

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Adjunct Researcher
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Ph.D. in policy analysis, RAND Graduate School (now the Pardee RAND Graduate School); M.D., Harvard Medical School; M.P.P., Harvard University; B.A., Yale University


Mark Schuster is an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. He 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 was previously Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the RAND Corporation, where he held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Promotion.

Schuster conducts research on child, adolescent, and family issues. Currently, he is leading the AHRQ/CMS-funded Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement, which has developed such measures as the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Hospital Survey—Child Version (Child HCAHSP) and a Pediatric 30-Day All-Condition Readmission Measure. He has also studied family leave, adolescent sexual health, well child care, children with HIV-infected parents, the effects of terrorist attacks on stress and coping, and the health of sexual minority youth.

Schuster received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, his M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He completed his pediatrics residency at Boston Children's Hospital and his fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and is serving as the 2014-2015 President of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Recent Projects

  • Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement
  • Students for Nutrition and Exercise
  • Paid Family Leave for Parents with Chronically Ill Children
  • Healthy Passages

Selected Publications

Berry, Jay G.; Toomey, Sara L.; Zaslavsky, Alan; Jha, Ashish K.; Nakamura, Mari; Klein, David; Feng, Jeremy; Shulman, Shanna; Chiang, Vincent; Kaplan, William; Hall, Matt; Schuster, Mark., "Pediatric Readmission Prevalence and Variability across Hospitals.," Journal of the American Medical Association, 309:372-380, 2013

Schuster, Mark A.; Elliott, Marc N.; Kanouse, David E.; Wallander, Jan L.; Tortolero, Susan R.; Ratner, Jessica A.; Klein, David J.; Cuccaro, Paula M.; Davies, Susan L.; Banspach, Stephen W., "Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities among Fifth-graders in Three Cities.," New England Journal of Medicine, 367:735-745, 2012

Schuster, Mark A.; Chung, Paul J.; Elliott, Marc N.; Garfield, Craig F.; Vestal, Katherine D.; Klein, David J.,, "Awareness and Use of California's Paid Family Leave Insurance among Parents of Chronically Ill Children," Journal of the American Medical Association, 300:1047-1055, 2008

Schuster, Mark A.; Corona, Rosalie; Elliott, Marc N.; Kanouse, David E.; Eastman, Karen L.; Zhou, Annie J.; Klein, David J.,, "Evaluation of Talking Parents, Healthy Teens, a New Worksite-based Parenting Programme to Promote Parent-Adolescent Communication about Sexual Health: Randomised Controlled Trial," BMJ, 337:A308, 2008