James Ebert, MD, MBA, MPH

Population and Public Health Sci
Chair and Associate Professor, Population & Public Health; Oscar Boonshoft Chair & Director, Center for Global Health; Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Res Park, 3171 Research Blvd Ste 234, Kettering, OH 45420-4020

James R. Ebert, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., is an associate professor of community health and pediatrics in the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University and the lipid clinic lead physician at Children’s Medical Center of Dayton. Dr. Ebert was named as the Oscar Boonshoft Chair and Director of the Center for Global Health and the program director for the Master of Public Health Program in January 2009.

Dr. Ebert was an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and served on the clinical faculty of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine for 16 years before joining the fully affiliated faculty. He holds the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management, has done advanced course work in operations research and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University, and has completed the Carnegie Mellon University program in executive leadership. He was enrolled in one of the final W. Edwards Deming seminars in 1992, and taught Deming management and quality improvement for several years.

Dr. Ebert is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, Dr. Ebert served as chief of medical staff and commander of medical operations at Wright-Patterson Medical Center. He played a leading role at Wright-Patterson in the rollout of the federal military managed care transition known as TRICARE, participated in the implementation of three different electronic medical information systems, and traveled as a surveyor with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. He also served as director of medical education for seven years, and participated by invitation in the Department of Defense’s Healthcare 2020 strategic planning group in 1995-1996.

Dr. Ebert is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (A.A.P.) and a past president of the Uniformed Services Chapter of the A.A.P. He is a member of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American College of Physician Executives. His clinical credentials include board certification in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. His interests include performance improvement, leadership development, medical education and childhood and adolescent health promotion.


Strategic Leadership in Health Care

Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Child and Adolescent Obesity
  • Physician Leadership
  • Patient Safety and Medial Error Reduction
  • Health Economics

Active Projects

  1. Quality Assurance Review of Blood Pressure Documentation in an Electronic Medical Record
  2. Vitamin D levels in Obese Children and Adolescents
  3. Motivational Interviewing for Practitioners and Trainees


Ebert J, The Female Athlete, Chapter 17 in Hillard P, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, submitted December 2011, publication of textbook due in 2012.

Orlowski M, Ebert J, Pickoff A. Cardiovascular Health Promotion – Physical Fitness in the School Setting. In Berenson G. (ed) Evolution of Cardio-Metabolic Risk from Birth to Middle Age – The Bogalusa Heart Study; 2011,185-198

Ebert JR, Lee M, Czerwinski SA. (abstract, published online June 2011) Markers for oxidative stress in obese children. Abstract Number 56-LB, American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, June 2011

Ebert JR, Lee M, Czerwinski SA. LDL-c, LDL-p, and Oxidized LDL in overweight children. (abstract) – J Clin Lipidol. 2011; 5(3):233

Crites G, Ebert J, Schuster R. Beyond the Dual Degree: Development of a Five Year Program in Leadership for Medical Undergraduates: Academic Medicine, 2008; 83:52-58.

Ebert J.  Back, Hip, and Knee Disorders. In: Slap GB (ed). Adolescent Medicine: The Requisites in Pediatrics.  Philadelphia: Elsevier 2008, 117-131.

AAMC Report VIII – Contemporary Issues in Medicine: The Prevention and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity; included under “Examples of Innovation,” 2007, pp. 10-14.
“Hepatitis B and YOU”. 1995 (Distributed by American Academy of Pediatrics)

Lazebnik R, Zimet GD, Ebert J, Anglin TM, Williams P, Bunch DL, Krowchuk DP. How children perceive the medical evaluation for suspected sexual abuse. Child Abuse Negl 1994 Sep;18(9):739-45.

Williams P, Anglin T, Ellick E, Lazebnik R, Bunch D, Ebert J, Stancin T, Krowchuk D. Can teens use triphasic oral contraceptives successfully? Pediatr Res 1989;25:10A.

Krowchuk D, Anglin T, Stancin T, Goodfellow D, Zimet G, Williams P, Ebert J et al. High school athletes and the use of drugs to enhance sports performance. Am J Dis Child 1988;142:385-386.

Knight M; Ebert J; Parish RA; Berry H; Fogelson MH. gamma-Aminobutyric acid in CSF of children with febrile seizures Arch Neurol. 1985;42:474-475.


“Motivational Interviewing in a Clinical Setting” – training of provider, nursing, and ancillary staff of Federally Qualified Health Centers, Dayton Ohio (December 9th, 2011)

“Medical Comorbidities of Obesity in Children” – 14th Annual DCMC Pediatric Orthopaedics Symposium (September 30, 2011)

“Markers for Oxidative Stress in Obese Children” – poster presented at American Diabetes Association annual meeting, (June 24th, 2011)

“LDL-c, LDL-p, and Oxidized-LDL in Overweight Children “ – poster presented at National Lipid Association, annual meeting, New York, (May 20th, 2011)

“The Art and Science of Quality Improvement” – workshop co-presented at Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, annual meeting, Toronto, Canada, (April 10th, 2010)

“Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Styles” – presented at WSU BSOM Faculty Leadership Academy, (November 17, 2009)

“Public Health Practice Placements for Mid-Career MPH Degree Candidates” – slide presentation by invitation at Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH) technical assistance workshop at American Public Health Association national meeting, Philadelphia Pennsylvania; (November 7, 2009)

“Anthropometric Parameters of a Population of Uninsured and Underinsured Persons” – poster presentation at Annual Meeting of Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC) Kingsport, Tennessee; (October 23, 2009)

“Using Web-Based Resources to Improve Nutrition and Activity in Teens” – Society for Adolescent Medicine national meeting, Los Angeles, California; (March 26, 2009)

“Children’s Health in the Miami Valley” – Summit on Public Health: Improving Healthy Lifestyles in the Miami Valley; Ponitz Center, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio; (March 11, 2009)

“Childhood Obesity” – lecture for Caresource, Dayton, Ohio; (December 12, 2008)

“Childhood Metabolic Syndrome” – workshop session at Annual Meeting of Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC) Baltimore, Maryland, (September 25, 2008)

“Workshop on Childhood Obesity” – presented at WSUBSOM program Future Health Conference, Ponitz Center, Sinclair Community College; (February 20, 2008)

“Childhood Obesity” – Presented at WSUBSOM program “Eating Ourselves Sick – the Health and Economic Challenges of Obesity”, Ponitz Center, Sinclair Community College; (February 21, 2007)

“Leadership Curriculum in MD/MPH Programs” – Panel presentation at AAMC Conference of the MD-MPH Education Community, Washington DC; (June 27-28, 2005)

“Medical Team Management” – lecture on the role of human factors in the role of improving teamwork and communications to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors, WPMC; (April 11, 2002)

“Changing the Culture – An Essential Part of Improving Error and Occurrence Reporting” – WSUBSOM program “Quality in Healthcare – It’s More than Trying Harder”; Ponitz Center, Sinclair Community College; (Nov 14, 2001)

“Changing the Culture – An Essential Part of Improving Error and Occurrence Reporting” – Ohio Hospital Association seminar on patient safety, (May 16, 2001)

“James Bass Challenge Bowl” Master of Ceremonies - Wrote questions for, and led an annual academic competition between Army, Navy, and Air Force pediatricians– Uniformed Services Pediatric Seminar, Louisville, Kentucky, (March 2001)

“Rolling Out Total Quality Management in a Health Care Setting – the Wright-Patterson Experience” – guest speaker and panelist at a day-long seminar on TQM presented at Ft Dietrich Army Medical Center, Ft. Dietrich, Maryland; (March 1993)

“Incidence of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections of the cervix among military dependant female adolescents presenting for routine annual pap smear” abstract and poster presentation, Uniformed Services Section meeting in conjunction with AAP annual meeting, (1992)

"Organized Athletics and Substance Abuse Patterns: A Study of Military Families" poster presentation, Uniformed Services Section Meeting, in conjunction with American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting, (1988)

"How children perceive the medical evaluation for suspected sexual abuse “; poster presentation at Society for Pediatric Research Meeting, (1989)

"Urban School Principals' Attitudes Towards Psychosocial Health Issues and School-Based Clinics" presented at Ambulatory Pediatric Association Regions V and VI Joint Annual Meeting, (1987)


Education History: 

M.P.H., Wright State University, 2008

M.B.A., Wright State University, 2006

M.D., University of Cincinnati, 1979

B.A., Economics, The Ohio State University, 1975


Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • AAP Section on Adolescent Health
  • Ohio Chapter, AAP
  • Society for Adolescent health and Medicine (SAHM)
  • National Lipid Association (NLA)
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA)
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • Consortium of Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA)
  • OPHA Governing Council
  • Association for Prevention, Teaching, and Research (APTR)
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