Dr. Cheng is Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with joint appointment in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is Chair of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Vice Chair of Johns Hopkins Department of Pediatrics and Division Chief of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Cheng is a director of the Center of Excellence For Latino Health at Bayview and a principal investigator of the NIMHD-funded DC Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities with Howard University and Children’s National Medical Center. Her clinical work, teaching and research focuses on child health disparities, violence prevention and primary care models to promote positive youth development.
An author of over 100 publications, she has been the principal investigator on numerous federal and foundation grants (NICHD, CDC, MCHB, NIMHD) and has conducted randomized trials of primary care, emergency department and community-based youth development interventions with low income children, adolescents and families. Her research involves understanding child, parent, clinician and community perspectives on health and developing and evaluating innovative approaches to improving health for vulnerable children and adolescents.
Dr. Cheng has developed models of primary care to address the needs of vulnerable children, adolescents and families. She oversees the Harriet Lane Clinic and Bayview Children’s Medical Practice that are model comprehensive medical homes providing care to low income minority children, adolescents and families. With support of local and national funding clinical innovations have been implemented and evaluated. The Harriet Lane Clinic was recently awarded the 2013 Academic Pediatric Association Health Care Delivery Award for its comprehensiveness and innovation. She is founder of the Children’s National Medical Center’s Generations Program, a comprehensive program for teen parents and their children, and the DC Secondary Prevention Coalition, a community coalition serving the needs of young families.
A K24 Mid-Career Patient-Oriented Research awardee, she has mentored over 40 child health disparities/violence prevention researchers, nearly half from under-represented minority groups and many now in prominent positions in academics and policy. She is Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), current Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Pediatric Research and Associate Editor of Pediatrics in Review. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently awarded her the Job Louis Smith Award for community pediatrics and she received the 2012 APA Public Policy and Advocacy Award.
Dr. Cheng completed her BA and MD from Brown University; pediatrics residency at UCSF; MPH and preventive residency at UC Berkeley; and General Academic Pediatrics fellowship at the University of Massachusetts.