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The Children's National Research Institute

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Adolescent parenting
  • Mental health in primary care
  • Advocacy education

Education & Training

  • B.S., Chemistry, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, (1988-1992)
  • M.D., Medicine, Chemistry, Atlanta, GA, (1992-1996)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, 1992-1996, Portsmouth, VA, (1996-1999)

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Lee Ann Savio Beers, M.D., is a professor of Pediatrics and the medical director for Community Health and Advocacy at Children’s National Hospital. She is the 2021 president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She oversees the Child Health Advocacy Institute’s Community Mental Health CORE, which includes initiatives such as the DC Mental Health Access in Pediatrics Program and the Early Childhood Innovation Network, and serves as a catalyst to elevate the standard of mental health care for every young person in Washington D.C. 

She earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth VA. Prior to joining Children’s National, she was a general pediatrician at the Naval Hospital in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. 

Her clinical and research interests include adolescent pregnancy and parenting, the integration of mental health and pediatric primary care, the impact of adversity and stress on child well-being and advocacy education. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband Nathaniel and two children.

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Outside Interests

  • DC Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Pediatric News
  • DC Chapter of AAP
  • Pediatric News 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia 

Research & Publications