Nathaniel Beers, M.D., M.P.A., F.A.A.P., president of HSC Health Care System, is a general and developmental-behavioral pediatrician. Dr. Beers is a recognized expert in the area of children with complex needs and has held a variety of clinical, executive and cross-sector leadership roles including service with District of Columbia Public Schools and the DC Department of Health.
HSC is a comprehensive system of care in the Washington, D.C., area that includes a health plan, pediatric specialty hospital, home health agency and rehabilitative therapy centers to serve and empower families with complex health needs. As a general and developmental-behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Beers currently sees patients at Children’s National Hospital, where he was previously the medical director of the Children’s Health Center.
Prior to his leadership of HSC, Dr. Beers served as the chief operating officer, chief of specialized instruction, and executive director for early stages in the Office of Special Education in the District of Columbia Public School system, as well as the deputy director for policy and programs for the Community Health Administration, and then the Title V director for the D.C. Department of Health. He has served on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Welfare, the Children with Special Health Care Needs Advisory Board and the D.C. Health Exchange Board.
Dr. Beers was a past president of the D.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He was also the chair of the AAP National Committee on Membership. He serves on the Council of School Health for the AAP and serves in a variety of other roles for the AAP, both regionally and nationally. Dr. Beers has worked on many issues as they relate to children in D.C. He was part of the executive committee and a founding member of the D.C. Partnership to Improve Children’s Healthcare Quality, a collaborative between the D.C. pediatric community and Medicaid. He was an active member of the Children’s Advocacy Roundtable, coordinated by D.C. Action for Children. He has served on a number of advisory committees relating to children and their health and education. He also led efforts to coordinate the first D.C. City-wide Childhood Obesity Summit. Dr. Beers has done research on children with disabilities and access to care issues and the interface between health and education systems. To that end, Dr. Beers currently serves on the boards of Special Olympics D.C. and Parents Amplifying Voices in Education.
Dr. Beers completed his undergraduate education at the University of Rochester and his medical school education at George Washington University. He remained in D.C. to complete his residency at Children’s National. He completed the Anne Dyson Child Advocacy fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Boston and was the chief fellow for the Division of General Pediatrics. While in Boston, he completed a master’s in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was also the medical director of the Perkins School for the Blind.