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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

Biography

Lee Ann Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director for Community Health and Advocacy within the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health and Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National Hospital. Dr. Beers is also the Founding Director of the DC Mental Health Access in Pediatrics Program and Co-Director of the Early Childhood Innovation Network. She oversees the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care, a public-private coalition that serves as a catalyst to elevate the standard of mental health care for every young person in Washington, D.C., by increasing primary care provider capacity and achieving systemic policy change.

She earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth Virginia. 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, Maryland.

Dr. Beers has held numerous leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and in late-September 2019 she was selected by peers to become its future President-elect. Dr. Beers will then serve as AAP president in 2021 for a one-year term. She also serves in a wide variety of leadership and advisory positions within the Washington D.C., community, including the Mayor’s State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council. 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.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

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

Research & Publications