Director of Craniofacial Genetics; Medical Geneticist, Center for Personalized Medicine (CPM)
Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Dr. Pedro Sanchez is a medical geneticist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine's Center for Personalized Medicine program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. His research interests are in the genomics of rare diseases, craniofacial genetics and dysmorphology, causes of variability among inherited disorders, cleft lip and palate, and craniosynostosis.

Clinical Interests

Genomics of rare diseases, craniofacial genetics and dysmorphology, determining cause of variability among inherited disorders, gene-gene & gene-environment interactions, cleft lip and palate, and craniosynostosis.


Medical School: 

Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Graduate School: 

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MSCE)


Children's Hospital of Phildelphia, Philadelphia (Pediatrics)


Children's Hospital of Phildelphia, Philadephia (Combined Pediatrics & Medical Genetics)


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles (Genetics & Dysmorphology)



American Board of Medical Genetics: Clinical Genetics
American Board of Pediatrics: General Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: 

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
Society of Craniofacial Genetics
American Society of Human Genetics
American Academy of Pediatrics


Robert Wood Johnson Amos Medical Faculty Development Scholar (2008-12)
David W. Smith Workshop Fellow Ward (2006)
Richard Juarez Commitment to the Community Award, Chicano Medical Student Association (2001)
Dr. Juan Villagomez Memorial Scholarship, California Latino Medical Association (2001)
The Affiliates' Medical School Scholarship

Other Information


Nowaczyk MJ, Thompson BA, Zeesman S, Moog U, Sanchez-Lara PA, Magoulas PL, et al. Deletion of MAP2K2/MEK2: a novel mechanism for a RASopathy? Clin Genet. 2014;85(2):138-46. [PMID: 23379592]

Sahoo T, Wang JC, Elnaggar MM, Sanchez-Lara PA, Ross LP, Mahon LW, et al. Concurrent triplication and uniparental isodisomy: evidence for microhomology-mediated break-induced replication model for genomic rearrangements. Eur J Hum Genet. 2015;23(1):61-6. [ PMID: 24713661]

Ho TV, Iwata J, Ho HA, Grimes WC, Park S, Sanchez-Lara PA, Chai Y. Integration of comprehensive 3D microCT and signaling analysis reveals differential regulatory mechanisms of craniofacial bone development. Developmental biology. 2015;400(2):180-90. [PMID: 25722190]

Parada C, Han D, Grimaldi A, Sarrion P, Park SS, Pelikan R, Sanchez-Lara PA, Chai Y. Disruption of the ERK/MAPK pathway in neural crest cells as a potential cause of Pierre Robin sequence. Development. 2015. Epub 2015/09/24. [PMID: 26395480]

Figueiredo JC, Ly S, Magee KS, Ihenacho U, Baurley JW, Sanchez-Lara PA, Brindopke F, Nguyen T-H-D, Nguyen V, Tangco MI, Giron M, Abrahams T, Jang G, Vu A, Zolfaghari E, Yao CA, Foong A, DeClerk YA, Samet JM, Magee W. Parental risk factors for oral clefts among Central Africans, Southeast Asians, and Central Americans. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology. 2015:n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1002/bdra.23417.

Research Interests: 

Genomics of rare diseases, Craniofacial genetics and dysmorphology, Cause of variability amongst inherited disorders, Gene-Gene and Gene-Environment interactions, Cleft lip and palate, Craniosynostosis

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