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Tina Cheng, M.D., M.P.H.

 Tina Cheng Tina Cheng - At Johns Hopkins since 2003

Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Pediatrics

Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I came to Hopkins in 2002 after being offered the opportunity to be the division director of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine. I knew Hopkins was a storied place, and I immediately experienced and appreciated the Hopkins culture of excellence in its tripartite mission.

Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

Hopkins has incredible people resources, a culture of excellence and collaboration, and provides a platform for innovation. When I first came to Hopkins I worried that it might be a competitive place. Instead I found faculty across schools to be very collaborative and open to new ideas. The trainees are outstanding and eager to contribute. Hopkins provides a platform to innovate in clinical care, education and research.

Define your personal mission and vision and pursue a leadership position that will further your mission.

Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position.

My goal is to improve the health of our greatest resource, our children. Leadership in academic medicine is an important path to further this goal.

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I am most proud of the successes of the faculty in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in developing models to address social determinants of health. I am proud of the centers I co-founded that do such important work and continue to thrive: Centro SOL (Center for Salud and Opportunity for Latinos) and the Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education. This work partners with the community in addressing the needs of low-income children, adolescents and families.

What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?

Define your personal mission and vision and pursue a leadership position that will further your mission.
Develop your leadership skills.
Sit at the table and demonstrate your leadership skill.
Be a self-starter and a finisher.
Be confident in your abilities.
Go for it.

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