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Tumaini Coker, MD, MBA


Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA

UCLA Physician Tumaini Rucker  Coker, MD, MBA specializes in Pediatrics.
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
State License Number
(310) 825-0867 Information and referral

UCLA Children's Health Center
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2004, 2012
Pediatrics, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2004 - 2006
Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2002 - 2004
Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2001 - 2002
MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 2001
Department Affiliation
Provider, General Pediatrics
Research Interest
preventive health services, delivery system design, socioeconomic disparities in child health and health care, LGBT youth health
Additional Information

Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA and Associate Natural Scientist at RAND. Dr. Coker's research has focused on delivery system redesign for child and adolescent preventive health services, as well as socioeconomic disparities in health and health care. She investigates alternative models of health care delivery to improve the quality of primary care services delivered to children in low-income urban communities. She is currently principal investigator of a 5-year NIH-funded study to design and pilot-test a new model of well-child care delivery for low-income families with young children.

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, the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and Academic Pediatrics, and has been covered by mainstream media outlets including CNN, USA Today, NBC, The Boston Globe, Time, Fox News, Reuters, WebMD, and HealthDay News. She is a recipient of the 2008 Academic Pediatric Association’s Young Investigator Award and practices general pediatrics at UCLA.

Dr. Coker completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University and received an MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She received an MD 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.

Dr. Coker is a health services researcher at the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion (a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center).

  1. Coker, TR, Chung PJ, Minkovitz, CS. The United States 2012 General Election: Making Children's Health and Well-Being a Priority for the Candidates. 2012 (in-press at Academic Pediatrics).
  2. Coker TR, Shaikh Y, Chung PJ. Parent-Reported Quality of Preventive Care for U.S. Children At-Risk for Developmental Delay. 2012 (in-press at Academic Pediatrics).
  3. Coker TR, DuPlessis HM, Davoudpour R, Moreno C, Rodriguez MA Chung PJ. Payers’ perspectives on the redesign of well-child care for publicly-insured children in California. Academic Pediatrics 2012; 12:43-52.
  4. Coker TR, Kaplan RM, Chung PJ. The Association of Health Insurance and Disease Impairment with Reported Asthma Prevalence in U.S. Children. Health Services Research 2012; 47:431-445.
  5. Coker TR, Elliot MN, Wallander JL, Cuccaro P, Grunbaum JA, Corona R, Saunders AE, Schuster MA. Association of family stressful life-change events and health-related quality of life in fifth-grade children. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2011; 165:354-359
  6. Coker TR, Shekelle PG, Takata G. Letter-in-reply to antibiotics and acute otitis media in children. JAMA 2011; 305:997
  7. Coker TR, Chan LS, Newberry SJ, Limbos MA, Suttorp MJ, Shekelle PG, Takata G. Diagnosis, microbial epidemiology, and antibiotic treatment of acute otitis media in children: A systematic review. JAMA 2010; 210: 2161-69.
  8. Coker TR, Rodriguez MA, Flores G. Family-centered care for US children with special health care needs: who gets it and why? Pediatrics 2010; 125:1159-1167.
  9. Coker TR, Austin SB, Schuster MA. The health and health care of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth. Annual Review of Public Health 2010; 31:457-477.
  10. Coker TR, Sareen HG, Chung PJ, Kennedy DP, Weidmer BA, Schuster MA. Improving access to and utilization of adolescent preventive health care: The perspectives of adolescents and parents. Journal of Adolescent Health 2010; 47:133-142.
  11. Coker TR, Elliott MN, Kanouse DE, Grunbaum J, Schwebel DC, Gilliland MJ, Tortolero SR, Peskin MF, Schuster MA. Perceived racial/ethnic discrimination among 5th grade students and its association with mental health. American Journal of Public Health 2009; 99:878-884
  12. Coker TR, Elliott MN, Kanouse DE, Grunbaum J, Gilliland MJ, Tortolero SR, Cuccaro P, Schuster MA. Prevalence, Characteristics, and Associated Health and Health Care of Family Homelessness Among Fifth-Grade Students. American Journal of Public Health 2009; 99:1446-1452.
  13. Coker TR, Chung PJ, Cowgill BO, Chen L, Rodriguez MA. Low-income parents’ views on the redesign of well-child care. Pediatrics 2009;124:194-204.
  14. Coker TR, Austin SB, Schuster MA. Health and health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth: reducing disparities through research, education, and practice. Journal of Adolescent Health 2009; 45:213-215
  15. Coker TR, Elliott MN, Kataoka S, Schwebel DC, Mrug S, Grunbaum J, Cuccaro P, Peskin MF, Schuster MA. Racial/ethnic disparities in the mental health care utilization of 5th-grade children. Academic Pediatrics 2009; 9:89-96.
  16. Coker T, Casalino LP, Alexander GC, Lantos J. Should our well-child care system be redesigned? A national survey of pediatricians. Pediatrics 2006;118:1852-1857.
  17. Chien A, Coker T*, Choi L, Lowrie R, Slora E, Bodnar P, Weiley V, Wasserman R, Johnson J. What do pediatric primary care providers think are important research questions? A perspective from PROS providers. Ambulatory Pediatrics 2006; 6: 352-355. *First two authors listed as co-first authors by journal.
  18. Dalessandri KM, Cooper M, Rucker T (Coker T). Effect of mammography outreach in women veterans. West J Med. 1998 September; 169(3):150-152.
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