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

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  • Director, Department of Pediatrics
  • Professor of Pediatrics


General Pediatrics, Pediatrics

Research Interests

Teen pregnancy and parenting; Violence epidemiology, prevention and interventions; Child and adolescent injury; Primary care; Child health disparities more

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Johns Hopkins Pediatrics

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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. more


  • Director, Department of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrician-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics

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  • MD, Brown University School of Medicine (1986)


  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine / Pediatrics (1990)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (1990)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Cheng’s research involves understanding child, parent, clinician and community perspectives on health, and developing and evaluating innovative approaches to improving health for vulnerable children and adolescents.

She has been involved in the evaluation of innovative primary care models and policy issues on the future of primary care, including the Future of Pediatric Education (FOPE II) project, the Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, and the American Board of Pediatrics Residency Review and Redesign Project (R3P).

She is currently a principal investigator for the NIH-funded DC Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities with Howard University and Children's National Medical Center.

Clinical Trials

A Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Trial of Mentoring to Prevent Youth Violence (TC2)

Activities & Honors


  • Public Policy and Advocacy Award, Academic Pediatric Association, 2012
  • Job Lewis Smith Award for Community Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012
  • Diversity Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council, 2008
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine, 2017

Professional Activities

  • Steering Committee, Centro SOL: Johns Hopkins Center for Salud/(Health) and Opportunity for Latinos, Baltimore, MD
  • Past President, Academic Pediatric Association (APA), McLean, VA
  • Chair, Committee on Pediatric Research, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Washington, DC
  • Liaison, Committee on Federal Government Affairs, American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington, DC

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Research Integrity, the Importance of Mentor/Mentee Relationships
  • October 3, 2014 – Toxic Stuff

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

7 Great Achievements in Pediatric Research, American Academy of Pediatrics

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