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Dr. Tamara Baer

Senior Expert and Associate PartnerBoston

Helps healthcare clients with provider and payer strategy, value-based healthcare models, and public-health initiatives for vulnerable populations

Tamara focuses on healthcare for vulnerable populations, including provider and payer strategy, value-based healthcare models, and public health. She serves academic medical centers, children’s hospitals, payers, not-for-profit foundations, and public-sector systems. She is also a practicing pediatrician and adolescent-medicine specialist at a children’s hospital. Her academic work has focused on social determinants of health, including food-insecurity prevalence and screening among adolescent and young-adult populations.

Tamara completed her residency in pediatrics in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and adolescent-medicine fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank’s board of directors and Health and Research Council.

Published Work

Consumers’ perceptions of their health-related social needs,” McKinsey & Company, November 2023

Federal funding may boost social determinants of health infrastructure,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

Improving pediatrician well-being and career satisfaction,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

How providers are meeting patients’ basic needs—and where they could do more,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Patients struggle with unmet basic needs: Medical providers can help,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

How healthcare payers can expand nutrition support for the food insecure,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

Digital transformation comes to food banks,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

How workers’ compensation carriers can build better models of care in the US,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Past Experience

Boston Children's Hospital
Attending in adolescent medicine

Harvard Medical School
Lecturer, pediatrics


Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health

George Washington University

Amherst College
BA, psychology