Christopher Forrest is Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of the CHOP Applied Clinical Research Center, which is devoted to advancing multi-institutional clinical and health services research in routine pediatric healthcare settings. Forrest serves as the Director of PEDSnet (, a national consortium of children’s hospitals (>6.5 million children) that conducts patient-centered outcomes research among children and youth. He is the Chair of the Steering Committee for the NIH program called PEPR (, which evaluates patient-reported outcome measures for children with chronic conditions. Forrest’s work also focuses on the new field of life course health science, and he recently co-edited the open access Handbook of Life Course Health Development ( Dr. Forrest received his BA and MD degrees from Boston University and completed his PhD in Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.