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).