David Grossman, MD, MPH


“Evidence-based preventive care is the key to achieving and maintaining child and family health across the country.”

David C. Grossman, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Senior Medical Director for Community Health and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Washington 
National Senior Medical Director for Community Health, Kaiser Permanente
Physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, Pediatrics


David Grossman, MD, MPH, is a senior investigator, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Washington, and a senior medical director for the Washington Permanente Medical Group.

Dr. Grossman’s research includes evaluating interventions to improve the uptake of preventive services. He has an extensive background in injury prevention and control, as well as Native American health disparities research.

Dr. Grossman is immediate past chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the USPSTG is an independent panel of experts that reviews clinical evidence and provides recommendations on a range of preventive services. Dr. Grossman served as a member of the USPSTF 2008 until March 2018.

Prior to his appointment as vice-chair of USPSTF, Dr. Grossman was the KPWHRI principal investigator for the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center, led by Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research Northwest and funded by AHRQ. For this work, he led KPWHRI researchers in producing systematic evidence reviews for the USPSTF.

In his role as a senior associate medical director for Washington Permanente Medical Group, Dr. Grossman assists customers with population strategy for some of the organization's largest purchasers. He also collaborates with teams in Kaiser Permanente Washington’s public policy and community benefit programs to help improve the health and well-being of members and the community.

Before joining KPWHRI in 2004, Dr. Grossman was professor of pediatrics and director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at Harborview Medical Center, the primary trauma care facility in the Northwest. He has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of the most influential injury and violence prevention professionals in the past 20 years. For his work in disparities, he received the American Academy of Pediatrics Native American Child Health Advocacy Award in 2007.

Dr. Grossman's other service on regional and national advisory boards includes:

  • National Committee on Quality Assurance, Committee on Performance Measurement (2014-present);
  • CDC Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2004–2012);
  • Executive Committee Member, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (2010–2012); and
  • CDC Community Preventive Services Task Force, a sister organization to the USPSTF (2012–2015).

A graduate of University of California, Berkeley and the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Grossman did his pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina. From 1988 to 1990, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington, where he is currently a professor of health services and adjunct professor of pediatrics.

Research interests and Experience

  • Preventive Medicine

    Public and population health, screening effectiveness and uptake, evidence-based practice recommendations

  • Health Services & Economics

    Promoting high-value care and evidence-based medicine, evaluating value-based insurance plans

  • Child & Adolescent Health

    Injury and suicide prevention, mental health, well child services, immunization

Recent publications

Sturdy S, Miller F, Hogarth S, Armstrong N, Chakraborty P, Cressman C, Dobrow M, Flitcroft K, Grossman D, Harris R, Hoebee B, Holloway K, Kinsinger L, Krag M, Löblová O, Löwy I, Mackie A, Marshall J, O'Hallahan J, Rabeneck L, Raffle A, Reid L, Shortland G, Steele R, Tarini B, Taylor-Phillips S, Towler B, van der Veen N, Zappa M. Half a century of Wilson & Jungner: reflections on the governance of population screening. Wellcome Open Res. 2020 Aug 17;5:158. doi: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16057.2. eCollection 2020. PubMed

Grossman DC, Larson EB, Sox HC. Integrating personalized medicine with population health management: the path forward. JAMA. 2020 Jul 30. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.1406. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Parodi S, Choucair B, Young S, Bellow J, Grossman D, Liu VX. Kaiser Permanente’s system capabilities to suppress Covid-19. N Eng J Med Catal. June 9, 2020. DOI: 10.1056/CAT.20.0187.

Grossman DC, Choucair B. Violence and the US health care sector: burden and response. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 Oct;38(10):1638-1645. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00642. PubMed

Isham G, Bhatt J, Choucair B, Grossman D, McGlynn E. Health systems have a role in preventing firearm injury. Pediatrics. 2019 Jul 17. pii: e20191701. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-1701. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

US Preventive Services Task Force, Curry SJ, Krist AH, Owens DK, Barry MJ, Caughey AB, Davidson KW, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Grossman DC, Kemper AR, Kubik M, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW, Wong JB. Interventions to prevent perinatal depression: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2019;321(6):580-587. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.0007. PubMed

Curry SJ, Krist AH, Owens DK, Barry MJ, Caughey AB, Davidson KW, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Grossman DC, Kemper AR, Kubik M, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW, Wong JB. Interventions to prevent child maltreatment: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2018;320(20):2122-2128. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.17772. PubMed

Curry SJ, Krist AH, Owens DK, Barry MJ, Caughey AB, Davidson KW, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Grossman DC, Kemper AR, Kubik M, Kurth A, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW, Wong JB. Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Final Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2018;320(16):1678-1687. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.14741. PubMed

Curry SJ, Krist AH, Owens DK, Barry MJ, Caughey AB, Davidson KW, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Grossman DC, Kemper AR, Kubik M, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Phipps MG, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW, Wong JB. Behavioral weight loss interventions to prevent obesity-related morbidity and mortality in adults: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2018;320(11):1163-1171. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.13022. PubMed

Tabano DC, Anderson ML, Ritzwoller DP, Beck A, Carroll N, Fishman PA, Grossman DC. Estimating the impact of diabetes mellitus on worker productivity using self-report, electronic health record and human resource data. J Occup Environ Med. 2018 Nov;60(11):e569-e574. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001441. PubMed




Integrating personalized and population medicine

In JAMA, Kaiser Permanente and PCORI experts outline principles for applying genomic data to community health.

healthy findings blog


Stopping violence: What can health care do right now?

Dr. David Grossman, with Dr. Bechara Choucair, has ideas for reducing harm to patients and the workforce



Preventing firearm injury and death: A priority for care providers and researchers

Health care systems, hospitals, and researchers have a role in preventing gun injury and death, says Dr. David Grossman. Kaiser Permanente is showing how.

Child & Adolescent Health


For better pediatric care, back guidelines with more evidence

In the 2000s, Dr. Beth McGlynn showed that rates of getting recommended care are low. In a new JAMA editorial, Dr. David Grossman has ideas to improve them.

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