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 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, and held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Promotion at RAND.

Schuster has conducted research on a variety of child, adolescent, and family issues over the course of his career. Some of the key issues have been family leave, quality of care, adolescent sexual health, children with HIV-infected parents, obesity prevention, bullying, 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 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 from the Federation of Pediatric Organizations, the Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School, and the Richardson Award for lifetime achievement from the Society for Pediatric Research.

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, 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, 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, 2008

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

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, 2013