Christine Cary Cheston, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Christine Cheston


Christine Cheston, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Hospital and Newborn Medicine at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and the Program Director of the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Dr. Cheston completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, and her medical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track of the BCRP and, as a senior resident, received the Harvard Medical Student Teaching Award. She graduated as Chief Resident at Boston Medical Center prior to joining the faculty. In 2022, she became one of the inaugural graduates of the Clinician Educator Leadership Program at BU.

Dr. Cheston has published important work on the role of social media in medical education, value-based health care in inpatient pediatrics, novel educational curricula focused on quality improvement and working with patients with limited English proficiency, and advancing antiracism and equity both in medical education and clinical care. She has had early success as a QI leader, most notably with a medical interpreter project, which succeeded in incorporating in-person interpreters into family-centered rounds with non-English speaking families. She is passionate about formulating innovative educational strategies that teach residents how quality improvement solutions can address problems of health inequity to address structural determinants of health and that advance understanding of the intersection of systemic racism, bias, and pediatrics. Dr. Cheston is interested in studying best practices for incorporating antiracism into medical training for future pediatricians, enhancing equity using holistic evaluation in recruitment of a diverse pediatric workforce, and improving the learning climate for trainees from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
  • University of Virginia, BA


  • Published on 8/26/2023

    Alarcon LN, Ewen AM, Acuña-Martinez E, Cheston CC. Improving Communication with Patients with Limited English Proficiency: Non-English Language Proficiency Assessment for Clinicians. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2024 Jan; 50(1):83-86. PMID: 37730484.

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  • Published on 6/9/2023

    Cheston CC, Luercio M, Streater B, Karim S, Sectish T, Michelson CD. A Bias Response Committee to Improve the Experience of Diverse Pediatric Residents. Acad Pediatr. 2023; 23(8):1500-1501. PMID: 37302702.

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  • Published on 12/1/2022

    Edwards JG, Cheston CC, Kelly CA, Brewster RCL, Williams AR, Mell AJ. A Community-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative. Pediatrics. 2022 Dec 01; 150(6). PMID: 36349517.

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  • Published on 9/24/2022

    Cheston CC, Michelson KA. Association of Virtual Interviews With Residency Application Geographic Diversity and Match. Acad Pediatr. 2023 Jul; 23(5):855-859. PMID: 36167252.

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  • Published on 8/29/2022

    Fraiman YS, Cheston CC, Morales D, Leeman KT, Hansen AR. A mixed methods study of perceptions of bias among neonatal intensive care unit staff. Pediatr Res. 2023 May; 93(6):1672-1678. PMID: 36038641.

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  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Fraiman YS, Cheston CC, Cabral HJ, Allen C, Asnes AG, Barrett JT, Batra M, Bernstein W, Bleeker T, Dietz PM, Lewis J, Li ST, Ma TM, Mahan JD, Michelson CD, Poynter SE, Vining MA, Watson K, Sox CM. Effect of a Novel Mindfulness Curriculum on Burnout During Pediatric Internship: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 Apr 01; 176(4):365-372. PMID: 35072694.

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  • Published on 3/19/2022

    Rainer T, Zheng DJ, Winn AS, Michelson CD, Sectish TC, Cheston CC. Becoming an Anti-Racist Training Program. J Pediatr. 2022 Nov; 250:3-6.e2. PMID: 35314153.

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  • Published on 3/17/2022

    Murphy Salem S, Chase B, Newman LR, Cohen AP, Cheston C, Huth K. Perspectives on Complex Care Training in a Large Academic Pediatric Training Program. Acad Pediatr. 2022 Jul; 22(5):867-872. PMID: 35306188.

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  • Published on 5/1/2021

    Cheston CC, Rutledge R, Hsu HE. Should We Prioritize Deimplementation of Continuous Pulse Oximetry in Bronchiolitis Care? JAMA Pediatr. 2021 05 01; 175(5):459-461. PMID: 33646260.

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  • Published on 11/1/2020

    Pingree EW, Huth K, Harper BD, Nakamura MM, Marcus CH, Cheston CC, Schumacher DJ, Winn AS. Encouraging Entrustment: A Qualitative Study of Resident Behaviors That Promote Entrustment. Acad Med. 2020 11; 95(11):1718-1725. PMID: 32379141.

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