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Gitanjli Arora, MD

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

Gitanjli (Tanya) Arora, MD, DTMH, received her undergraduate degree and Masters in Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, and received her medical degree from the USC Keck School of Medicine, followed by pediatric training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. After completing her residency, Tanya worked domestically in general pediatrics and hospital pediatrics and internationally with Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan and Guatemala.  In 2011, she earned her Diploma in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Tanya then worked as a pediatric hospitalist at the University of California, Los Angeles, directed the UCLA Pediatric Residency Global Health Program, and served as Co-Director of the Global Health Education Programs at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Center for World Health. She also is a member of the steering committee of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Global Health Pediatric Education Group. Most recently, Tanya completed a fellowship in Palliative Medicine and is a pediatric palliative physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Clinical Interests

Palliative Medicine


Medical School

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine


Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Pediatrics


Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Pediatrics


Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Palliative Care



General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics


Academic Pediatric Association

Association of Pediatric Program Directors

Medicins Sans Frotiers Association

American Academy of Pediatrics



Taking it Global: Structuring Global Health Education in Residency Training. Arora G, Ripp J, Evert J, Rabin T, Tupesis JP, Hudspeth J. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2016 Aug 16. [Epub ahead of print]

New views on global child health: global solutions for care of vulnerable children in the United States. Uwemedimo OT, Arora G, Russ CM. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2016 Oct;28(5):667-72. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000402.

Checklist use in evaluating pediatric disaster training. Burke RV, Lehman-Huskamp K, Whitney RE, Arora G, Park DB, Mar P, Cicero MX. American Journal of Disaster Medicine. 2015;10(4):285-94. doi: 10.5055/ajdm.2015.0210.

Screen Media Use in Hospitalized Children. Arora G, Soares N, Li N, Zimmerman FJ. Hospital Pediatrics. 2016 May;6(5):297-304. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2015-0060.

On Shaky Ground: Learner Response and Confidence After Tabletop Earthquake Simulation. Whitney RE, Burke RV, Lehman-Huskamp K, Arora G, Park DB, Cicero MX. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2016 Aug;32(8):520-4. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000681.

Activated learning; providing structure in global health education at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)- a pilot study. Jordan J, Hoffman R, Arora G, Coates W. BMC Medical Education. 2016 Feb 16;16:63. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0581-9.

Evaluation of a Structured Predeparture Orientation at the David Geffen School of Medicine's Global Health Education Programs. Herbst de Cortina S, Arora G, Wells T, Hoffman RM. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 Mar;94(3):563-7. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0553.


Research Summary
  • Global health medical education
  • Patient and family centered care
  • Quality of life among hospitalized children