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 Associate Medical Director, Market Strategy & Public Policy, Kaiser Permanente Washington
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. In 2017 he was appointed 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 previously served as the USPSTF vice chair and was also a task force member from 2008 to 2013.

Dr. Grossman’s research includes evaluating interventions to improve the uptake of preventive services. He is currently studying the implementation of a fluoride varnish program in Kaiser Permanente Washington primary care clinics to prevent dental disease among infants and toddlers. He also has an extensive background in injury prevention and control, as well as Native American health disparities research. 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

Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Owens DK, Barry MJ, Davidson KW, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Phipps MG, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW. Screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2018;319(2):165-172. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.19342. PubMed

Kemper AR, Krist AH, Tseng CW, Gillman MW, Mabry-Hernandez IR, Silverstein M, Chou R, Lozano P, Calonge BN, Wolff TA, Grossman DC. Challenges in developing U.S. Preventive Services Task Force child health recommendations. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Jan;54(1S1):S63-S69. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.08.023. PubMed

Ngo-Metzger Q, Moyer V, Grossman D, Ebell M, Woo M, Miller T, Brummer T, Chowdhury J, Kato E, Siu A, Phillips W, Davidson K, Phipps M, Bibbins-Domingo K. Conflicts of interest in clinical guidelines: update of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force policies and procedures. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Jan;54(1S1):S70-S80. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.06.034.Am J Prev Med. 2018 Jan;54(1S1):S70-S80. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.06.034. PubMed

Krist AH, Wolff TA, Jonas DE, Harris RP, LeFevre ML, Kemper AR, Mangione CM, Tseng CW, Grossman DC. Update on the methods of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: methods for understanding certainty and net benefit when making recommendations. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Jan;54(1S1):S11-S18. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.09.011. PubMed



How to keep guns—and troubled teens—safe

Dr. Grossman’s team has studied safe gun storage. But they found parents of adolescents with mental illness were no more likely to store guns safely.

Read about it in Healthy Findings.

KPWHRI In the Media

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says evidence recommends screening children for obesity

Screen kids and teens for obesity, experts say

Reuters (syndicated), Jun 20, 2017

Preventive Medicine

Dr. David C. Grossman appointed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force chair

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute congratulates Dr. Grossman on his appointment as chair of Task Force.

Read about it in News and Events.

healthy findings blog

Total Worker Health®: Integrating workplace safety and employee wellness

In Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. David Grossman and colleagues set a course for research on integrated approaches to keeping workers safe and healthy.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

KPWHRI In the Media

Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Screening

Cholesterol screening for kids sparks debate (again)

Final Update Summary: Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Sept. 2016