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.

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

Grossman DC. Quality of health care for children: the need for a firm foundation of trustworthy evidence. JAMA. 2018 Mar 20;319(11):1096-1097. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.0161. PubMed

US Preventive Services Task Force, Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Owens DK, Barry MJ, Caughey AB, Davidson KW, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kubik M, Landefeld S, Mangione CM, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW. Behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2018 Mar 20;319(11):1134-1142. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.1623. PubMed

Grossman DC. Reducing youth firearm suicide risk: evidence for opportunities. Pediatrics. 2018 Feb 21. pii: peds.2017-3884. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-3884.[Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

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 Ovarian Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2018 Feb 13;319(6):588-594. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.21926. PubMed


KPWHRI In the Media

Kaiser Permanente commits $2 million to gun injury prevention research

With $2 million, Kaiser Permanente wants to help revive underfunded gun-violence research

The Washington Post, Apr. 9, 2018

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.

Read it in Healthy Findings

KPWHRI In the Media

Suicide prevention: Research network finds new way to predict risk

EHR-based model predicts suicide risk in mental-health outpatients

Reuters,  Jun 7, 2018

Child & Adolescent Health

Gun safety is crucial for families with high-risk teens

Most parents of teens with depression and substance abuse store guns unsafely, Dr. David Grossman writes in Pediatrics.

Read it in Healthy Findings


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.