Jean L. Raphael MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a faculty investigator at the Center for Clinical Effectiveness at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is a pediatrician and health services researcher with expertise in minority health policy. He received his MD at Harvard Medical School and Master of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Policy. He completed his pediatric residency, including chief residency, at Children’s Hospital Boston. After clinical training, Dr. Raphael completed the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.
Dr. Raphael’s work combines health services research and behavioral interventions to enhance care delivery for minority children with chronic conditions. He is currently principal investigator on NIH and Aetna Foundation funded studies. Dr. Raphael leads several key research projects that include: developing a patient navigator intervention for children with sickle cell disease, assessing the impact of the patient-centered medical home on health outcomes and health inequities among children with special health care needs, and examining how the erosion of employer sponsored insurance influences the health care of children with special health care needs. Dr. Raphael's research is complemented by policy efforts toward improving the care of vulnerable populations. Over the past several years, Dr. Raphael has assumed an increasing leadership role in advocating for policy to improve the outcomes of vulnerable populations. He has testified in public hearings on health disparities in both Massachusetts and Texas. In 2009, Dr. Raphael was appointed to the Texas Health Disparities Task Force by the Lieutenant Governor. He has authored a strategic plan to address health disparities with approval by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Dr. Raphael is also a member of the Medical Home Workgroup through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Nationally, he serves on the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and the Medical Home Workgroup of the Academic Pediatrics Association. Dr. Raphael is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and AcademyHealth.