Roderick K. King, MD, MPH


Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, University of Maryland Medical System, Adjunct Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Maryland School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Roderick King is Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the University of Maryland Medical System. Previously, he was Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, MD/MPH Director, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as well as CEO Florida Institute for Health Innovation. He has also served as Senior Faculty at the MGH Disparities Solutions Center and faculty in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Prior to that, Dr. King was the New England Regional Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. During his tenure with HRSA, Dr. King was selected as a Council in Excellence in Government Fellow.

Dr. King earned a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College with honors in research. Upon completing a residency in pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. in 1995, he received the Teachers for Africa Award and served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa providing public health instruction to those providing care to populations in rural areas. In 1997, Dr. King was selected for the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy Program.  He continued his health policy work with the Senior Health Policy Internship at the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he developed a model to review health workforce planning for the New England Region with HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions.








September 7, 2016 | University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
May 16, 2012 | Florida Public Health Institute

Dr. Roderick King, former Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy (1998) and Cultural Competence Leader in the Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity, is named Deputy Director by the Florida Public Health Institute. "Florida Public Health Institute names Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H. Deputy Director. King Supports Institute’s Mission to Advance Knowledge and Practice of Public Health"

Review of State-level Child Fatality Review Teams Data Collection Systems in the US: Moving Towards a National Child Injury Mortality Database


A child’s death is real to friends, families and neighbors whose lives have been touched by him or her before death.  The same pain is real to professionals who have been touched by a child.  That pain has driven the formation of teams that reform efforts to protect the young.  Multi-agency Child Death Review Teams (CDRT) have been created across the nation, the first being in Los Angeles County, California in 1978.  This initiative arose out of the concern that no one was systematically reviewing the information and records of the children whose suspicious and/or unexpected deaths came to the attention of the County Coroner’s Office each year.  To date there are 41 states with CDRT’s and several others in the process of implementing such systems.  However, each state has developed its own unique system to monitor and review child fatalities.  Hence, collaboration and data sharing for the creation of prevention strategies between states have been difficult.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has joined the charge of addressing the challenge of developing a uniform data collection system to enhance the ability of making comparisons between sites in order to:  (1) establish national trends, (2) develop injury/violence prevention policy and (3) create appropriate injury and violence prevention intervention programs.

The CDC’s National Center for Injury Control and Prevention (NCICP) has been the federal leader in conducting research and developing prevention strategies in the field of injury and violence prevention for the public health community.  As a consultant to the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, I have collected and reviewed the data collection systems of 33 out of 41 state-level CDRT’s.   The second facet of the project was be to define and identify key data elements that are necessary for the cause of death investigations due to (1) child abuse and neglect, (2) homicide, (3) suicide, and (4) unintentional injuries.  Given the current data collection forms from state CDRT’s, I will address the following questions:

What is the uniformity of the information being collected between various state level Child Death Review Teams?

How useful are CDRT data collection systems as injury surveillance systems?

Can the surveillance data from CDRT be useful for making policy decisions and planning injury prevention activities?

The outcome of this project will be: (1) the production of recommendations to provide uniformity of the review process for the deaths of all children and improve its application as an injury surveillance system, (2) the development of a new comprehensive fatality variable set for injury surveillance systems, and (3) to utilize this work with the CDC to help shape, develop and implement a child death review team for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

These are the initial steps toward the creation of a national database for childhood injury mortality data that will allow us to get a better understanding of the problem of childhood injuries.  This will subsequently guide the creation of new prevention strategies and  public health policy.

Faculty Preceptor:

Lloyd Potter, Ph.D, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control