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Lawrence Ma, MD, FAAP


Administrative Assistant: 858-246-0046

Lawrence Ma is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of General Academic Pediatrics. Dr. Ma is trained in both pediatrics and internal medicine and strongly believes in the importance of practicing comprehensive primary care as a way to maintain health and wellness. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and teaches regularly with the medical students as a facilitator for the Principles of Medicine course. During Dr. Ma's residency, he was awarded the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award for being a resident role model in pediatrics.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Education: BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UC San Diego
  • Medical Degree: UC San Diego, School of Medicine
  • Residency: Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, UC San Diego, School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: Geriatrics, Stanford University, School of Medicine
  • Special Certifications: 
    • Board Certified, Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Board Certified, General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Board Certified, Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Areas of Interest

  • Transitions of Care from adolescence to adulthood for both healthy individuals and those with complex chronic medical illnesses
  • Hypertension in the primary care setting


  • M. H. Chan, L. Ma Et al, "The California Pertussis Epidemic 2010: A Review of 986 Pediatric Case Reports from San Diego County". Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. 2012, 1(1): 47-54.


  • Ma, Lawrence "A Pain in the Rear Diagnosis: Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome". Western Regional Med-Peds Conference. UCSD, La Jolla, CA. 2 May 2015. Poster Presentation
  • M. H. Chan, L Ma. Et al, "The California Pertussis Epidemic: Pediatric Disease in San Diego County 2010". Infectious Disease Society of America. Boston Exhibition and Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts. 21 October 2011. Poster Presentation
  • Ma, Lawrence "Health Survey of UCSD Students who Travel Abroad". American College Health Association. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel, Phoenix, AZ. 3 June 2011. Conference Presentation


  • Facilitator for the Principles of Medicine Curriculum for UCSD School of Medicine first and second-year medical students


  • General pediatrician representative for the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders STIGMA Community Based Participatory Program
  • EPIC Optimization Committee for General Academic Pediatrics
  • UCSD Division of Pediatrics Website Updating Committee