Attending Physician

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Dr. Bender joined the CHLA faculty in 2012 as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics. He has acted as the Medical Director for the Infection Prevention and Control Committee (2012-2014). In 2014, he was awarded a K-12 research grant to study the microbiome of infants. 

Clinical Interests

Respiratory infections, orthopedic infections, infection prevention


Medical School: 

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine


Pediatrics- University of Utah, School of Medicine


Pediatrics- University of Utah, School of Medicine


Pediatric Infectious Diseases- University of Utah, School of Medicine Medical Microbiology- ARUP Laboratories (Department of Pathology)



Medical Microbiology, American Board of Pathology, Diplomate, 2011

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, American Board of Pediatrics, Diplomate, 2009

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, Diplomate, 2006

Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: 

Member, European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 2015- present

Member, American Society for Microbiology, 2009- present

Member, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2006- present

Member, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 2006- present


Bender J, Virgallito M, Newland J, Sammons J, Thorell E, Coffin S, Pavia A, Sandora T, Hersh A. Infection Prevention and Control Practices in Children’s Hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 May;36(5):597-600.

Bender J, Taylor C, Cumpio J, Novak S, She R, Steinberg E, Marlowe E. Infants 1-90 days old hospitalized with human rhinovirus infection. J Clin Lab Anal. 2014 Mar; 5:20-3.

Bender J, Ampofo K, Byington C, Grinsell M, Korgenski K, Daly J, Mason E, Pavia A. Epidemiology of Streptococcus pneumoniae Induced Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in Utah Children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Aug;29(8):712-6.

Bender J, Cox C, Mottice S, She R, Korgenski K, Daly J, Pavia A. Invasive Haemophilus influenzae Disease in Utah Children: An 11 year Review. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Apr 1;50(7):e41-6.

Bender J, Ampofo K, Gesteland P, Korgenski K, Raines B, Daly J, Valentine K, Srivastava R, Pavia A, Byington C. Influenza Virus Infection in Infants Less Than Three Months of Age. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Jan;29(1):6-9.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Bender is interested in the human microbiome and how interactions with indigenous microbial communities may translate to novel preventative and therapeutic approaches to pediatric disease. He is also interested in hospital epidemiology, as well as new technologies in the microbiology lab and how they can be translated to powerful clinical tools in a pediatric setting.

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