Keri Carstairs, MD, MBA
Chief Population Health Officer
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego

Dr. Keri L. Carstairs is the chief population health officer at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. She is also a faculty member in the UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Carstairs is board certified in both emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.

After earning her medical degree from Tulane University, she completed a residency in emergency medicine at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, followed by a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Rady Children’s Hospital/UC San Diego. She served honorably for 13 years in the United States Navy as an emergency physician, including a six-month deployment to the Horn of Africa in support of counterterror operations. After completing her time in the military, she joined the faculty at Rady Children’s as a pediatric emergency physician.

Her interests include clinical teaching, hospital and emergency department operations and patient flow management, process improvement, physician leadership and improving the quality and efficiency of the healthcare delivery system.

Dr. Carstairs’ research interests include healthcare systems and outcomes research, including reducing the variation in care and associated improvement in the delivery of healthcare. She has lectured on pediatric emergency medicine topics and has numerous peer-reviewed publications on subjects including evaluation of fever in young children; she has also authored several book chapters in both adult and pediatric emergency medicine textbooks.