Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA

General Pediatrics

On staff since November 2016

Children's Title: Division Chief, Pediatrics; Director of Research, Center for Diversity and Health Equity

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

  • Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, 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. Dr. Coker's research focuses on designing and testing new and innovative methods of delivering primary care services to children in low-income communities. She collaborates with community clinics and pediatric practices to design and investigate innovative ways to improve the delivery of primary care services to children of low-income families.

    Her current community-partnered projects are funded by PCORI, NIH, and private foundations, and focus on: designing and testing innovative models for preventive care; using telehealth to improve behavioral health services; and addressing socioeconomic disparities in care for children.

    Her 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 the Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA Today, and NBC.

    Dr. Coker is a recipient of several awards, including the 2012 Nemour's Child Health Services Research Award (given annually to one early-career child health services researcher in North America), and the 2011 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship, a national award that recognizes one outstanding junior faculty member who has demonstrated leadership in the United States in addressing inequities in health care; educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities; and a commitment to a career in academic medicine.

    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. She supervises residents and medical students in pediatric primary care.

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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.

    • 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.


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles
UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles


Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles


Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program - University of Chicago, Chicago

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