Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA

Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA

General Pediatrics

On staff since November 2016

Children's Title: Division Chief, General Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

  • Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s. As a pediatrician and community-engaged health services researcher, her research focuses on community-partnered pediatric primary care delivery design to promote health equity and eliminate health and healthcare disparities for children and families in low-resource communities. Dr. Coker leads a successful and extramurally-funded research program with a focus on community-engaged design, adaptation, testing, and dissemination of preventive care delivery models. She is the former and founding Research Director for Seattle Children’s Center for Diversity and Health Equity, and serves as the Co-Director of the University of Washington’s NIH-funded Child Health Equity Research Fellowship.

    Dr. Coker’s research has been recognized nationally through several prestigious awards, including AcademyHealth’s Nemours Child Health Services Research Award, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship for contributions to promoting health care equity, the Pediatric Heroes Award from Babytalk Magazine for research on improving the health of families living in poverty, and the National Medical Association’s Council on Concerns of Women Physicians Research Award. Dr. Coker serves on several national committees, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Implementing High Quality Primary Care, and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Bright Futures 4th edition National Preventive Care Guidelines Expert Panel and its National Advisory Board for its Social Determinants of Health Quality Improvement Initiative.

    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.

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    • Improving Health for All

      Seattle Children’s focuses on broadening the diversity of people who participate in clinical and community-based research to improve health among underserved populations.

    • Innovation in Child Healthcare Delivery Lab

      Our lab uses a community-engaged approach to develop innovative ways to deliver healthcare. Our goal is to reduce socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in child health and healthcare.

    • Sherry Seattle, WA 02.04.19

      Dr. Coker saw our youngest--she took time to really listen, hear and see us and clarified some previously confusing and contradictory information. She checked his record for facts, was calm and compassionate and competent and very responsive.


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University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
UC Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA