Thomas F. Boat, M.D.
Thomas F. Boat is the Vice President for Health Affairs and Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Boat is the President and CEO of the University of Cincinnati Physicians. He is the immediate past director of the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation and past Chairman of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. He also was physician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati. A current focus is creating high value innovative systems of care at the College of Medicine that are increasingly responsive to the needs of patients and families. He earned an M.D. at the University of Iowa. A pediatric pulmonologist by training, Dr. Boat worked early in his career to define the pathophysiology of airway dysfunction and more effective therapies for chronic lung diseases of childhood, such as cystic fibrosis. More recently he worked at local and national levels to improve research efforts, subspecialty training and clinical care. He has a special interest in issues posed by children’s mental health for pediatric care, research, and training. Dr. Boat joined Cincinnati Children’s in 1993, after serving as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and served as co-chair of the IOM Forum on the Science of Health Care Quality Improvement and Implementation, as well the IOM Committee on the Prevention of Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse Among Children, Youth, and Young Adults. He Chaired the IOM Committee addressing Acceleration of Research and Orphan Product Development for Rare Diseases and currently Chairs the Committee on Pediatric Studies conducted under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) and the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA). Dr. Boat has been a member of the AAHRPP Board of Directors since 2004, and is currently immediate past Board President. He has served as Chair of the American Board of Pediatrics, and President of the Society for Pediatric Research, as well as, the American Pediatric Society.