Director and Professor of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Dr. Cheng is the Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Department of Pediatrics for the school of medicine with joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Pediatrician-in-Chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is the 9th Director of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the first woman. A 1986 graduate of Brown University’s Program in Medicine she completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital. She received a Master in Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Residency from the UC Berkeley followed by a fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts.
Her clinical work, teaching and research focuses on child, adolescent and family perspectives on improving health and community-integrated models to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage. For 15 years she co-led the NIH-funded DC Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities which outlined a research action agenda on child health disparities. She is currently on the National Advisory Panel of the NIH All of Us Research Program and co-led the Child Enrollment Scientific Vision Working Group which authored the report on “Opportunities enabled through the enrollment of children in the All of Us Research Program.”