It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Beth Tarini as the new Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine beginning March 30, 2016. Dr. Tarini is a nationally renowned health services researcher whose interests focus on the organization and delivery of care following positive newborn screening results, risk communication with parents about genetic testing for their children, and the effect of genetic testing on parental behavior. She maintains a highly productive research program and publication record. She has grant funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and has received past funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Genetic Alliance, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Tarini has consulted for a variety of national organizations on newborn screening. In addition to her research accomplishments, Dr. Tarini has maintained an active clinical practice of more than 300 patients and has been recognized as Outstanding Educator of the Year in General Pediatrics. She brings a research, clinical, and academic perspective to the division that will elevate it to national prominence.
Dr. Tarini earned her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency at the University of Washington, Seattle as well as a Masters in Health Services and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship. She was also a health policy fellow at the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Tarini was Co-Director of the Pathway of Excellence in Health Policy Program at the University of Michigan Medical School.
I look forward to Dr. Tarini’s contributions and leadership towards our goals of enhancing our general pediatrics programs and creating a national center of excellence in pediatric health services research. Please join me in congratulating her on her new role and welcoming her to Iowa.