Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and
Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, and Associate Director of Health Services Research at the UCLA Children’s
Discovery and Innovation Institute. Dr. Coker conducts research to address racial/ethnic and socioeconomic
inequities in child health and health care. She is currently directing two studies to design and test new models of
preventive care delivery for children in low-income families at community clinics and pediatric practices, funded by the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She is also leading
a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded project to integrate behavioral health services into
the community clinic setting using telehealth.
Dr. Coker’s work has been published in various journals including JAMA, Pediatrics, and the American Journal of
Public Health, and has been covered by mainstream media outlets including CNN, USA Today, and NBC. She
received AcademyHealth’s Nemours Child Health Services Research Award for early career achievement in
research, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship for early
career achievement and contributions to promoting healthcare equity, and the Pediatric Heroes Award from Babytalk
Magazine for her work on improving health care for families living in poverty.
Dr. Coker received her B.A. from Stanford University, her M.D. from the Drew/UCLA Medical Program at UCLA, and
her M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical
Scholars Program fellowship at the University of Chicago. She supervises residents and medical students in general
pediatrics at UCLA.
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