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Tina Cheng Honored as Exceptional CMO

Cheng was named among 180 CMOs recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as “drivers of continuous improvement.”

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Tina Cheng, MD, MPH, B.K. Rachford Chair of Pediatrics, chief medical officer at Cincinnati Children’s and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review among 180 “exceptional chief medical officers in health care.”

The article states that Cheng, as chief medical officer, oversees clinical services across 750 beds, nearly 1.5 million outpatient visits, and 170,000 emergency and urgent care visits each year.

She serves as chair of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where she oversees more than 1,000 faculty and medical staff. She also directs the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, where she oversees nearly 500 research full-time equivalents and over 5,000 research staff.

The article says Cheng “greatly contributed to Cincinnati Children’s clinical outcomes and culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, which in part led to the hospital being named the No. 1 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in 2023.”

Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Cheng was chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Johns Hopkins University. She also co-led the National Institutes of Health-funded D.C.-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities for 15 years.

Cheng is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and co-author of many research publications, including The Next 7 Great Achievements in Pediatric Research, published in 2017 in Pediatrics.

“The physician leaders highlighted by this list champion patient safety, uphold rigorous quality standards, act as liaisons between leadership teams and medical staff, manage risk and much more. These CMOs are drivers of continuous improvement, and their efforts have helped garner numerous quality and safety accolades for their respective organizations,” Becker’s wrote.

Becker’s Healthcare developed its list based on nominations and editorial research. Leaders do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion.

Other CMOs from the Cincinnati region recognized by Becker’s included:

  • Stewart Wright, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president for UC Health
  • Helen Koselka, MD, chief medical officer at TriHealth