Jonathan Santana, DO

Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopedics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Jonathan Santana, DO, is a Board-certified pediatrician, fellowship-trained, with Board certification in primary care sports medicine. Dr. Santana enjoys working with and taking care of active pediatric and adolescent patients, while helping them to maximize their overall potential. He knows every athlete has unique and specific needs, and he believes in collaborating with athletes, families and coaches to create comprehensive and personalized treatment plans.

Dr. Santana is experienced in caring for a wide array of athletes, including pediatric patients, Division I college players and professional athletes. He has been the medical director and head of concussion oversight committees for numerous school districts and is active in several national sports medicine organizations. His specific clinical interests include sports-related concussions, the throwing athlete, and acute and overuse injuries.

Clinical Interests

Overhead athletes, sports-related concussion, adolescent overuse injuries, injury prevention and health care disparities


Medical School

Touro University Nevada


University of Southern California (LAC+USC Medical Center), Pediatrics


University of Southern California (LAC+USC Medical Center), Pediatrics


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Primary Care Sports Medicine



Board Certified, The American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM), 2018-present
American Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), 2011-present
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 2011-present


Texas Children’s Hospital, Value Award, 2022
Texas Children’s Hospital, Ambulatory Practitioner Award, 2022
Baylor College of Medicine, Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care, 2021


Arnold JT, Franklin EV, Baker ZG, Abowd M, Santana J. Association Between Fear of Pain and Sports-Related Concussion Recovery in a Pediatric Population. Clin J Sport Med. 2022 Jul 1;32(4):369-375. PMID: 34173783.

Coleman, N; Beasley, M; Briskin, S; Chapman, M; Cuff, S; Demorest RA; Halstead, M; Hornbeck K; Kinsella, S; Logan, K;  Liu, R; Mooney, C; Myers, RA; Ruparell, S; Santana, J; Walter, KD; Waterbrook, AL; Wolf, SF; Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine Curriculum Guidelines for Pediatric Residents. Current Sports Medicine Report; 2021 April 1; 20 (4): 218-228. PMID: 33790194 

Santana, J; Martinie, R; Gomez, J; Improving Concussion Management by Including Driving Recommendations for Adolescents with Concussions: A Quality Improvement Project, Pediatric Quality and Safety: May 28, 2020 - Volume 5 - Issue 3 - p e307, PMID: 32656470


Sports-related concussions
Early sports specialization