Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Director of Research at Seattle Children's Center for Diversity & Health Equity, and Principal Investigator at the Seattle Children's Research Institute Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development. Her research focuses on community-engaged design and evaluation of innovative interventions to reduce socioeconomic disparities of care among children, and on primary care practice redesign for children in low-income communities. She is Principal Investigator for two large, multi-year projects that focus on developing, adapting, and testing interventions to improve the delivery of care to children in low-income communities; these include an NIH-funded multi-site trial of a parent coach-led model for preventive care, and an NIH-funded trial of a parent text messaging program to enhance parent-provider communication about chronic disease management. As Principal Investigator, she recently completed a PCORI-funded project using telehealth to improve access to mental health services for children in low-income communities.
Dr. Coker’s work has been published widely, in journals such as JAMA, Pediatrics, and the American Journal of Public Health, and has been covered by media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA Today, and NBC. She has received multiple prestigious national awards, including AcademyHealth’s Nemours Child Health Services Research Award, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship, and the National Medical Association’s Council on Concerns of Women Physicians (CCWP) Research Award. Dr. Coker serves on several national committees as well, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care, and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Quality Improvement Advisory Committee on Identifying & Managing Social Determinants of Health.
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, where she was elected to AOA. She 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. She practices primary care and teaches medical students and residents at Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.