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Tina L. Cheng, MD, MPH

  • Chair, Pediatrics
  • Director, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation
  • Chief Medical Officer, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Tina Cheng, MD, MPH, is the B.K. Rachford Professor and Chair of Pediatrics for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, and chief medical officer at Cincinnati Children’s, a nonprofit, comprehensive pediatric health system ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 list of best children’s hospitals in the nation, and the #2 recipient of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Her clinical work, teaching, research and advocacy focus on child, adolescent and family perspectives on improving health, as well as community-integrated models to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage, and innovation for excellent and equitable health outcomes.

Cheng was previously chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Johns Hopkins University. For 15 years, she co-led the National Institutes of Health-funded DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities. Cheng also co-led the establishment of two clinical and research innovation centers at Johns Hopkins—the Rales Center on the Integration of Health and Education and Johns Hopkins Center for Salud/(Health) and Opportunity for Latinos (Centro SOL).

An author of over 200 publications, Cheng has been the principal investigator on numerous federal and foundation grants, including grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Cheng received her medical degree from Brown University, and completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. Cheng received her master’s degree in public health in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her preventive medicine residency at UC Berkeley and her fellowship in academic general pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts.

A past president of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), Cheng has held leadership roles in organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and Children’s Hospital Association. She has been recognized with the AAP Education Award, Job Lewis Smith Award for Community Pediatrics, APA Public Policy and Advocacy Award, and membership in the National Academy of Medicine and Forum for Children’s Well-Being.

MD: Brown University Program in Medicine, Providence, RI.

Residency: University of California, San Francisco.

MPH: Master in Public Health in Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley.

General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA.


Pandemic-Proofing for the Future. Cheng, TL. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2024; 71:xv-xvi.

The impact of COVID-19 on psychiatric clinical encounters among low-income racially-diverse children. Rusk, SA; DiBari, J; Mason, DM; Li, M; Hong, X; Wang, G; Pearson, C; Mirolli, G; Cheng, TL; Kogan, MD; Zuckerman, B; Wang, X. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. 2024; 65:631-643.

Autism Today. Cheng, TL. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2024; 71:xv-xvi.

Raising the Bar: The Need for Increased Financial Support to Sustain and Expand the Community of Pediatric Subspecialists. Lakshminrusimha, S; Cheng, TL; Leonard, MB; Devaskar, SU; Vinci, RJ; Degnon, L; St. Geme, JW. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2024; 267:113758.

Everyday Ethics in a Changing World. Cheng, TL. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2024; 71:xi-xii.

Addressing the Pediatric Mental Health Crisis: Moving from a Reactive to a Proactive System of Care. Sorter, M; Stark, LJ; Glauser, T; McClure, J; Pestian, J; Junger, K; Cheng, TL. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2024; 265:113479.

The Impact of Violence on Child and Adolescent Health. Cheng, TL. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:xv-xvi.

An Approach to Compensation Plans for Physician Faculty in Academic Pediatric Departments. Lakshminrusimha, S; Reed, AM; Cheng, TL; Cunningham, JM; Devaskar, SU. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2023; 262:113511.

The Promise of the Genomics Revolution in Pediatrics. Cheng, TL. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:xv-xvi.

A Framework for Pursuing Child Health Equity in Pediatric Practice. Kahn, RS; Cheng, TL; Mitchell, MJ. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:629-638.

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