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 founding dean and CEO of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and previously 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. Before that, he served as the Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at RAND and held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Promotion.
Schuster is an internationally recognized leader on child, adolescent, and family issues, having conducted federally funded research on family leave, quality of care, adolescent sexual health, children with HIV-infected parents, obesity prevention, bullying, and the health of sexual minority youth.
Schuster 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 St. Geme Leadership Award for leadership in pediatrics, the Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School, and the Richardson Award for lifetime achievement from the Society for Pediatric Research. Schuster has been named among Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives.
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.

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

Schuster MA, Fuentes-Afflick E, "Caring for children by supporting parents," New England Journal of Medicine, 376, 2017

Schuster MA, Onorato SE, Meltzer DO, "Measuring the cost of quality measurement: a missing link in quality strategy," JAMA, 318(13), 2017

Schuster MA, Reisner SL, "Beyond bathrooms—meeting the health needs of transgender people," New England Journal of Medicine, 375, 2016

Schuster MA, Chung PJ, "Time off to care for a sick child—why family-leave policies matter," New England Journal of Medicine, 371, 2014

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, 2012