Attending Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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After completing his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Juan Espinoza received an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) at the Immunotherapy Unit of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. During his time at the NIH, Juan worked on small molecule design, developing new therapeutic and research tools. Successively, Juan attended the USC Keck School of Medicine, receiving his MD in 2010. Juan completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2013, and in 2014 he became an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the USC Keck School of Medicine. His research interests include digital media and technology and their role in medicine and medical education, with a special focus on patient (user) generated health data. These academic interests arise from his experiences outside of medicine; in 2010 he co-founded GC/MDDM, a small digital media production company that works with television, film, web, and mobile technologies. Through this endeavor, he has partnered with both the entertainment and healthcare industries. Healthcare clients include the Alfred Mann Foundation, UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Medallion Therapeutics. In each of these partnerships, Dr. Espinoza’s role has been to create and implement technology and media solutions to healthcare and education problems. Dr. Espinoza utilizes these same principles in his teaching, research, and clinical practice.


Medical School: 

USC Keck School of Medicine


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, General Pediatrics


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, General Pediatrics



American Board of Pediatrics, 2013
Medical Board of California, 2012

Professional Memberships: 

Member of the Board of Directors, Hernia Repair for the Underserved, Los Angeles, 2014 - present
Clinical Research Advisor, Member of the Board of Directors, Birich Technologies, Baltimore, MD, October 2011 - present

Society Memberships

Donnell Society for Pediatric Scientists, 2015 - present
Academic Pediatrics Association, 2014 - present
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010 – present
American Medical Association, 2006 – present


Member, Committee on Communication and Media, AAP, 2015 – present
Member, Resident Outpatient Education Committee, CHLA, 2014 – present
Member, General Pediatrics Obesity Research Group, CHLA, 2014 - present
Interviewer, Admissions Committee, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2014 – present
Interviewer, Admission Committee, CHLA Pediatric Residency Program, 2014 - present
AAP Program Representative, CHLA, 2010 – 2013
Housestaff Council Representative, CHLA, 2010 – 2013
Translator, Bodyworks community health program, CHLA, Fall 2011


Honors and Awards:

  • APA RAPID NIDDK award, 2015
  • Gary F. Krieger Award for Pediatric Advocacy, CHLA, 2012
  • CHLA Service Award for Excellence in Outpatient Care, CHLA, 2011
  • Leonard I. Daver Medical Student Teaching Award, CHLA, 2011
  • University Hospital Guild Celebration of Life Scholarship for academic excellence, leadership and community service, USC, 2009
  • Rodolfo Montes Scholarship for academic excellence, leadership and community involvement, USC, 2009
  • Christine Page Scholarship for academic excellence and interest in oncology, USC, 2009
  • Walker Foundation Scholarship for academic excellence, community health and community service, USC, 2008 & 2009
  • Ray and Fern Wilson Scholarship for academic excellence and interest in cancer research, USC, 2008 & 2009
  • Medical Educators’ Collegium student project award for teaching in gross anatomy, USC, 2007
  • NIH Post baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award, NIH, 2005
  • Mathew S. Cole Award for Excellence in Journalism, Washington University in St. Louis, 2004
  • NIH Summer Intramural Research Training Award, NIH, 2002 & 2003
  • Ramirez Scholarship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2001
  • Summer Undergraduate Neuroscience award, LSU, 2000
Research Interests: 
Medical education, digital media and medical education, obesity and weight loss, patient generated health data, large data set collection and integration, mobile technology and personal health, global health.
Research in Progress
1. Outcomes for children with high grade glioma treated with Regimen C on the Head Start II and & III protocols, PI: Jonathan Finlay, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, February 2011 - present
2. Development of mobile applications for reporting pain and related symptoms in adolescents with sickle cell disease, PI: Juan Espinoza, Thomas Coates, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, July 2014 - present
3. Outpatient Pediatric Passport: developing a standardized tracking mechanism for outpatient resident education, PI: Juan Espinoza, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, June 2015 - present
4. Improving weight loss in overweight and obese children by using personal activity trackers in a structured weight loss program, PI: Juan Espinoza, Larry Yin, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, July 2014 – present
5. Developing a SMS-text based follow-up and data collection system for patients recovering from hernioplasty in Haiti, PI: Juan Espinoza, David C. Chen (UCLA), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, July 2014 – present

4650 Sunset Blvd.
MS 76
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-361-2113Office
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