Dr. Cheng is the Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Department of Pediatrics for the school of medicine with joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Pediatrician-in-Chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her clinical work, teaching and research focuses on child, adolescent and family perspectives on improving health and community-integrated models to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage. She co-leads the NIH-funded DC Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities which outlined a research action agenda on child health disparities. She led the establishment of two clinical and research innovation centers at Johns Hopkins: Centro SOL: Johns Hopkins Center for Salud/(Health) and Opportunity for Latinos and the Rales Center on the Integration of Health and Education.
Dr. Cheng is a devoted clinician who has developed community-integrated models of primary care to address the needs of vulnerable children, adolescents and families. An author of over 150 publications, she has led randomized trials of interventions to promote child and family health and resilience. A Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association she has held leadership roles in the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has received numerous recognitions including the American Academy of Pediatrics Education Award and the Job Lewis Smith Award for community pediatrics, the Vice Dean's Award for the Advancement of Women Faculty and the Academic Pediatric Association's Public Policy and Advocacy Award.
Dr. Cheng was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017.