President and CEO
Since joining NICHQ in 2015, Scott Berns has applied his extensive experience working to enhance the health of children and families across academic, clinical, nonprofit and public health settings to catapult NICHQ to explore new opportunities and approaches to meeting its mission. Berns is passionate about rapid quality improvement for child health, knowing that children’s health cannot wait the decades that change often takes.
As President and CEO, Berns provides strategic direction and leadership of a growing portfolio of initiatives aimed at driving change to improve children’s health. He serves as principal investigator on three NICHQ-led multi-million dollar federal projects: the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, and the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network and the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program. Berns is a nationally recognized expert in quality improvement science in maternal and child health and has published extensively. He challenges the NICHQ team to identify ways to spread proven interventions even faster and provide the supports to make sure they are sustainable.
Prior to joining NICHQ, Berns worked as Senior Vice President of Chapter Programs and Deputy Medical Officer for the March of Dimes National Office where he provided direction in education and community services to all state-based chapters. He also completed a one-year White House Fellowship where he served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Berns is a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric emergency physician. He holds two academic appointments at Brown University—Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School and Clinical Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown School of Public Health. Berns is also co-founder of The Progeria Research Foundation, Inc., and serves as its chairman of the board.
Berns received his bachelor and medical degrees from Boston University and earned his masters of public health from Harvard University.