Steering Committee

Rishi Agrawal, MD, MPH

Rishi Agrawal, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern Rishi photoUniversity Feinberg School of Medicine and is a pediatric hospitalist at Lurie and La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago. He is co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association Complex Care Special Interest Group and has a research interest in Children with Medical Complexity.

Meg Comeau, MHA

Meg Comeau, MHA is a senior project director at the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health at Boston University. She is a nationally comeaurecognized expert on the impact of Medicaid and federal health care reform on children with complex care needs. She brings more than 15 years of health care delivery and financing experience to her role as principal investigator for the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Advance Care for Children with Medical Complexity (CMC) and as co-principal investigator of the Catalyst Center, a project focused on insurance coverage for children and youth with special health care needs.Meg is a member of the Leadership Circle for the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP) at Boston Children’s Hospital and also serves as faculty for IPEP’s Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills.

Ryan Coller, MD, MPH

Dr. Coller is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of Hospital Medicine at the University Stille2of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and an investigator at the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program. He is co-founder and co-director of the UW Pediatric Complex Care Program – a medical home for children with medical complexity. He completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University, residency and chief residency at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA , and fellowship through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program at UCLA. Dr. Coller’s research focuses on eliminating hospitalizations for children with medical complexity. His research program’s long-term goal is to improve patient and family well-being by creating high-quality, safe, seamless experiences across the healthcare continuum. Dr. Coller is a member of the Editorial Board of Pediatrics, the National Quality Forum’s Patient Experience and Function standing committee, and co-author of Child Health: a Population Perspective.

David Hall, MD 

Dr. Hall is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine david hall head shotand the Section Head and founder of the Program for Children with Medically Complex Needs at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, he directed the Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Hall is a general pediatrician and former children’s hospital medical director who saw first-hand the need for improvement in the care of children with medical complexity. He became an early advocate for this population and has been involved in health services research, studying their impact on health care utilization, readmissions, and children’s hospitals. In addition, he is a clinician and educator who provides direct care to children with medically complex illness on a daily basis.

Dennis Kuo, MD, MHS

Dr. Dennis Kuo is a primary care pediatrician with a special interest in children with Dennis Kuo photodisabilities and medical complexity. He is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo, Division Chief of General Pediatrics at UBMD Pediatrics and an attending physician at Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY. His academic work has focused on family-centered care and family-identified health care needs of children with medical complexity, and more recently has evolved to care coordination design and health care system reform. Dr. Kuo’s prior work funded by Health Services and Resources Administration includes the Arkansas System of Care State Implementation Grant for Children with Special Health Care Needs, the Maternal and Child Health Research grant, and the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems project. He is the current Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children With Disabilities (COCWD), following six years of serving on the Executive Committee of the COCWD, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of Family Voices.

Ricardo Mosquera, MD 

Dr. Ricardo A. Mosquera is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pulmonary attendingMosquera photo at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and serves as medical director of the High Risk Children’s program (complex care program) at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Dr. Mosquera’s interest is to develop, assess, refine, and promote advances in care for children with medical complexity (CMC). He conducted the first randomized clinical trial of an enhanced medical home for children with medical complexity. Published in JAMA, the trial demonstrated that comprehensive care delivered by the same complex care team who follow the patients in all settings, achieved the triple aim of improved healthcare outcomes (hospital utilization was reduced 47-69%), cost effectiveness (total clinic and hospital costs were reduced by $10 258 per child-year) and, improved patient experience of care (increased patient satisfaction). Dr. Mosquera and his team are developing a complex care fellowship program and have several ongoing clinical trials of health service interventions for CMC. Dr. Mosquera’s work is positioned to be rigorously tested and disseminated to multiple network sites.

Kate Taft, MPH

Kate Taft, MPH, is the associate director for child and adolescent health at AMCHP, where Wellsshe leads and supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of program activities related to child and adolescent health, including children and youth with special health care needs. Prior to this role, she led AMCHP’s work related to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, including the State Public Health Autism Resource Center. Ms. Taft has over a decade of experience working on issues that affect children’s health, such as early childhood development, mental health, and injury prevention at the public health and individual levels. She also has coordinated the child fatality review team in Suffolk County, Ma. She received her MPH with a concentration in maternal and child health from the George Washington University and a BA in psychology from the College of William and Mary.

Debra Waldron, MD, MPH, FAAP

Debra Waldron, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Senior Vice President of Child Health and BerryWellness at the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she over sees the Divisions of Developmental Pediatrics and Preventive Services, Children with Special Needs, and Safety and Health Promotion. Previously, Dr Waldron served as the Director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs at the Maternal Child Health Bureau in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. She also worked for the University of Iowa as Vice Chair of Child Health Policy and Professor of Pediatrics. In that role, she oversaw the statewide system of services for children with special health care needs. Her areas of expertise are integrated health systems, population health, and family engagement.