The exterior of the multi-story Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center building
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Photo by Ted Eytan/CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Flickr.

The Board of Directors of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, announced Tuesday it has appointed Dr. Mark A. Schuster, a health policy expert and professor of pediatrics, as the school’s founding dean and CEO.

Schuster has 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, according to a statement.

As founding dean, Schuster will oversee day-to-day operations at the Kaiser medical school and the school’s direction. He will assume his position next month.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine’s vision to transform medical education by combining cutting-edge educational techniques with a focus on population health, data analytics, patient engagement and underserved populations,” Schuster said.

“Kaiser Permanente’s leadership in integrated health care, which emphasizes keeping patients healthy while providing the best in care when they are ill, will offer an unprecedented learning opportunity for our students.”

A physician, scientist and advocate for healthy families and communities, 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, according to the statement.

He currently leads the Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement, which is developing and implementing measures aimed at improving the care provided to children.

Before moving to Boston, Schuster served as professor of pediatrics and health services at UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health and director of health promotion and disease prevention at RAND, the Santa Monica think tank.

He has written two books, including “Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask),” which he co-authored. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, and has served as president of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Schuster received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Yale, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, his master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his PhD from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He completed his pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and his fellowship at the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

Schuster will reside in Pasadena with his husband, attorney Jeff Webb, two sons and a dog.

–City News Service

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