Director, MCHB Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program
Director, California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program
Attending Physician
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Douglas Vanderbilt MD is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician (DBP). He is the director of both the Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Programs. He started and directs the ACGME acreddited DBP fellowship program.

He is a member of the AAP Council on Early Childhood’s Executive Committee and frequent lecturer at AAP CME events. He has had several career development awards including a KL2 from the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This funding has resulted in several research honors. His research investigates the interrelationship of biological and psychosocial risk factors in the neurodevelopment of high-risk infants.

Clinical Interests

High Risk Infant Follow-up; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Learning Problems; Developmental


Medical School: 

University of Tennessee, Memphis College of Medicine


UCLA Medical Center: Pediatrics


UCLA Medical Center: Pediatrics


Boston University School of Medicine: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics



Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: 

American Academy of Pediatrics; Society of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics; Society for Pediatric Research


Robert Summitt Distinguished Student Service Award 1999; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 1999; Ralph D. Feigin Visiting Resident Scholarship 2001; Scholars Abstract Award Translational Science Meeting 2012; SC-CTSI Translational Science Day Poster Winner 2012; Saban Best Poster Finalist: Clinical and Community Science 2013


Vanderbilt DL, Schrager SM, Hamilton A, Llanes A, Seri I, Chmait RH. Predictors of Two-Year Cognitive Performance after Laser Therapy for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2014 March 26. pii: S0002-9378(14)00278-6. PMID: 24681290

Shi J, Wang Y, Ceschin R, An X, Lao Y, Vanderbilt DL, Nelson MD, Panigrahy A, Lepor´e N. A multivariate surface-based analysis of the putamen in premature newborns. PLOS ONE 2013 Jul 3; 8(7):e66736. doi: 10.1371 PMID:23843961

Hynan M, Mounts K, Vanderbilt DL. Screening Parents of High-Risk Infants for Emotional Distress in the NICU and Beyond. Journal of Perinatology 2013 Jun 27. PMID:23807720.

Vanderbilt DL, Schrager SM, Llanes A, Chmait RH. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Cerebral Lesions in Neonates with Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012; 207:320.e1-6. PMID: 23021698.

Vanderbilt D, Gleason MM. Mental health concerns of the premature infant through the lifespan. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 2011 Aug 5; 8(4):815-32, ix. PMID: 21855709.

Research Interests: 

Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome; NICU follow up; Infant-maternal mental health; Traumatic stress; Physical health outcomes

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