Departments of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences
Kao-Ping Chua’s research combines rigorous methodology with a clinical perspective to address important health policy topics in pediatric health care, including uninsurance, health care expenditures, and national health care reform. In his doctoral research, he found that implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage provision was associated with improved self-reported health and protection against medical costs among young adults. In addition, he found that losing health insurance coverage led to suboptimal care among older adolescents with asthma who were transitioning to young adulthood.
His research has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Pediatrics, and cited by such prominent media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters Health, and the Boston Globe.
Chua received his MD from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and was honored with its George F. Gill Prize in Pediatrics. Following his residency training in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, he completed a Harvard Medical School pediatric health services research fellowship and subsequently received his PhD in health policy (with a concentration in evaluative sciences and statistics) from Harvard University.