All profiles are dated to time of award unless otherwise noted.


Katherine Auger, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Katherine Auger is a pediatric hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Her training included both a pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Auger’s research seeks to understand reasons for pediatric hospitalizations and ways to potentially avoid unnecessary inpatient stays.  She has examined pediatric readmission both broadly across diagnoses as well as specifically for asthma. She has published a validated method of identifying pediatric unplanned readmission in administrative data and a systematic review of discharge interventions to prevent readmission.  She has also participated in and led work groups through the Children’s Hospital Association to examine national patterns of readmission using Potentially Preventable Readmissions Software, which is frequently used by state Medicaid offices to examine readmission.  She is the only pediatrician serving on the National Quality Forum’s All Cause Admissions and Readmissions expert committee. Dr. Auger has always been motivated by policy changes and the impact on patient care. As a chief resident she orchestrated one of the first real-world pilot tests for the 2008 Institute of Medicine Work Hour regulations for residents, measuring both resident sleep and satisfaction.  Her current work focuses on predicting pediatric readmission. She also is a co-investigator in the ongoing Hospital to Home Outcomes trial, led by Drs. Samir Shah and Jeffrey Simmons. This randomized control trial is studying the effectiveness of a single home health care visit after pediatric discharge on both reutilization and caregiver coping.


Naomi Bardach, M.D., M.A.S.

Dr. Naomi Bardach, M.D., M.A.S. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco and the Philip R. Lee institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Bardach earned a medical degree at UCSF, where she also completed a residency and chief residency in Pediatrics, fellowships in Pediatrics and in Health Policy, and earned a Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is a member of the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) and the AAP Chapter 1 Advocacy group and she serves on the Benioff Children’s Hospital Executive Committee for Quality Improvement. Dr. Bardach’s core research portfolio is in pediatric quality measurement and variations in care, with additional projects in how those quality measures can be used to incentivize improvements and support patient and family engagement in quality. She is also interested in innovative uses of new technology to support quality measurement and improvement, including gathering robust data streams from patients and families. 


Donald Chi

Dr. Donald Chi is an assistant professor of oral health sciences at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and has adjunct faculty appointments in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine. As a health services researcher and board-certified pediatric dentist, his research program focuses on understanding and improving oral health disparities in vulnerable populations. Dr. Chi is specifically interested in the behavioral and social determinants of oral health for children with special health care needs, the cost effectiveness of preventive dental care, and preventive care decision making by caregivers of children. His work has been published in the American Jouranl of Public Health, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Health & Place, the Journal of Dental Research, and the Journal of the American Dental Association. 

Currently funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), Dr. Chi studies the behavioral determinants of and outcomes associated with dental care utilization for Medicaid-enrolled children with chronic health conditions. He has funding from the William T. Grant Foundation to examine the influence of neighborhood social capital on oral health outcomes for adolescents in Medicaid and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to investigate the factors related to a regular source of preventive dental care ("dental homes") for Medicaid-enrolled children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Chi maintains grants from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, International Association of Dental Research, Oregon Community Foundation, and SunStar Americas Corporation.


Jay Berry, M.D., M.P.H.

 Dr. Jay Berry is assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  As a general pediatrician and hospitalist, he coordinates care for children with complicated medical problems and needs.  Dr. Berry's quality improvement initiatives and research have focused on optimizing health outcomes and reducing unnecessary resource utilization for children with medical complexity through proactive care planning and integrated health information management.His work has been published in JAMA, BMJ, and PLoS Medicine; endorsed by the National Quality Forum; and covered in U.S News, the Wall Street Journal, and Massachusetts Public Radio. Dr. Berry has won several awards, including the Young Clinician Research Award given by the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, and the Outstanding Achievement for Scientific Contribution Award given by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Dr. Berry is currently directing a body of work funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development to develop a novel, web-based care plan application (i.e., app) for children with medical complexity.  He is also leading a series of projects funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health to improve the quality of hospital discharge planning for children.  In addition, Dr. Berry is collaborating with the Children’s Hospital Association and the Intelligent Health Lab to derive models that predict future inpatient and emergency department utilization in children.

Dr. Berry completed his undergraduate education from the University of Alabama, his M.D. from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and his pediatrics training at Primary Children’s Medical Center at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.  He received his M.P.H. in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He was a Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow from 2004-2006.


Tumaini Rucker Coker, M.D., M.B.A.
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA

Dr. Coker is assistant professor of pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and natural scientist at RAND. Dr. Coker's research has focused on delivery system redesign for child and adolescent preventive health services, as well as racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and health care. She investigates innovative models of health care delivery within the context of the patient-centered medical home to improve the quality of primary care services delivered to children in low-income communities. She is currently directing two separate federally funded studies to design and pilot-test new models of preventive care delivery for low-income families with young children. The first study is in collaboration with a community health center in Los Angeles, and the second is in partnership with one of the largest public health plans in the United States. Dr. Coker's work has also focused on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in family-centered care, the health and health care of homeless children, perceived racial/ethnic discrimination and its effects on child mental health, racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care utilization, and the health and health care of LGBT youth.

Her work has been published in various journals including JAMA, Pediatrics, and the American Journal of Public Health, and has been covered by mainstream media outlets including CNN, USA Today, and NBC. She is a recipient of several awards, including the 2011 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship, a national award that recognizes one outstanding junior faculty member who has demonstrated leadership in the United States in addressing inequities in health care; educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities; and a commitment to a career in academic medicine.Dr. Coker completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University and received an M.B.A. at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  She received an M.D. at the Drew/UCLA Medical Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and completed a pediatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Coker was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Chicago from 2004-2006. She supervises residents and medical students in general pediatrics at UCLA.


Patrick Conway, M.D., M.Sc.


Astrid Guttmann, M.D.C.M., M.Sc.


Paul J. Chung, M.D., M.S.


Christopher P. Landrigan, M.D., M.P.H. 


Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P.


Michael D. Cabana, M.D., M.P.P. 


Cynthia S. Minkovitz, M.D., M.P.P.


Christopher B. Forrest, M.D., Ph.D.


Mark A. Schuster, M.D., Ph.D.


Karen Kuhlthau, Ph.D.


William Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.