James Guevara MD, MPH

Faculty Member

James Guevara is a founding member of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania, senior fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and an attending physician at CHOP. He is also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, a senior scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Lead Diversity Search Advisor at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • We can stop the trend of children from impoverished families starting school already behind their peers. If we focus on early childhood development, we can get these kids the intervention sources they need at the time they need them.

  • PolicyLab has a unique approach to its research process, specifically because we start thinking about the dissemination process right at the beginning. We don’t get our research published and then think about how to get it in the right hands. Instead, we work with policymakers and the implementers throughout the research process, so by the time our research is published, our intended audience is no longer just an audience; they are now stakeholders.

Dr. Guevara is a member of the Epidemiology Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Executive Research Committee of the Academic Pediatrics Association. He has interests in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services to children with developmental and behavioral disabilities. He has previously published on the medical expenditures and health disparities among children with chronic health conditions. Dr. Guevara was the principal investigator on an R18 award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of the American Academy of Pediatrics policy on developmental screening in urban primary care settings. He is currently the principal investigator on an award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to test the relative effectiveness of care management for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and an award from the William Penn Foundation to investigate early literacy promotion among young impoverished infants. He was the principal investigator on an R40 award from the Maternal Child Health Bureau, the University Research Foundation, and the Oscar Mayer Family Foundation to study social media-based parenting interventions for women with postpartum depression. Through these diverse research initiatives, Dr. Guevara has focused on improving the delivery of healthcare in primary care settings, reducing health disparities, and translating research findings into practice and policy.

Dr. Guevara received his MD from Northwestern University and also holds an MPH from the University of Washington.