Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A.

Chief Medical Officer - MedNetPro

Fellowship Year

2020-2021

Fellowship Placement

  • Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (Majority)

Sponsoring Institution

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Judy Schaechter, MD, MBA, is Chief Medical Officer for MedNetPro, expanding access to care in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also serves the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe as Health Consultant and Professional Development Faculty. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Miami, where she teaches in Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics. At the intersection of policy, community, business and education, she seeks to leverage strategy, research and innovation to optimize health.
Schaechter has extensive experience in academics, health care, government and non-profit environments. She integrates improvement and implementation science to build community, support coalitions, and advance health and sustainability for all. Formerly President and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), Dr. Schaechter championed the setting of standards of excellence in professional certification, continuous learning, and practice improvement to advance child health outcomes. She led strategic planning, fostered structural changes for equity, enhanced professional engagement and strengthened administrative operations. Dr. Schaechter was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/National Academies of Science Health Policy Fellow, staffing the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), where she worked on the COVID response, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP). For the eight years prior, Dr. Schaechter served as Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Miami and Chief of Service for Child Health at Jackson Memorial Health System, overseeing a department of 500 and serving a 244-bed hospital.
Schaechter’s clinical practice focuses upon children, adolescents and young adults with complex medical and mental health conditions. Her advocacy spans preventative health, with a concentration on injury and violence prevention, education, and disparity reduction. She has worked to expand health coverage, improve early education, enhance developmental screening, and she led the creation of HealthConnect in Our Schools, a public–private partnership supporting multidisciplinary health teams in 170 Miami-Dade County public schools.
She was educated at Brown University, Stanford School of Medicine, the University of Miami School of Business and Harvard Kennedy School. As an educator, she is focused on professional leadership, policy, public health, sustainability, maternal/child health, mental well-being, environmental health and social determinants. Currently, Judy teaches violence prevention at the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences.
Judy is dedicated to exploring technologic, programmatic and human solutions to improve outcomes in education, health and our environment.