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Adam Braddock, MD, MPhil, FAAP


Adam is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where he works in Academic General Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. He provides primary care for infants, children and adolescents through all of their behavioral stages. Adam believes that providing high quality pediatric primary care can create a foundation for health throughout a lifetime.

Adam is also a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician who works with families to evaluate, treat, and coordinate care for children with developmental delays, behavioral issues, learning disorders or mental health concerns at UC San Diego Frost clinic and San Ysidro Health Center.

Adam is a Board Certified Pediatrician who received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo. Adam completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill. He completed a one year fellowship in Developmental- Behavioral Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in history and philosophy of science and medicine from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

As a Professor, Adam instructs medical students and residents at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He is a member of UCSD Medical Humanities Research Group and has taught in the Practice of Medicine course for first and second year medical students. His honors include an Advocacy Training Scholarship from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of Chicago
  • Medical Degree:  University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Graduate Education:  M. Phil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, University of Cambridge
  • Residency:  Pediatrics, Northwestern University, School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, University of California San Diego
  • Special Certifications: Board Certified, General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics 

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatric Ethics
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Mental and Behavioral Health in Children

Selected Publications

  • Braddock, A. Children as research partners in community pediatrics. In: The Future of Human Subjects Research Regulation, I. Glenn Cohen and Holly Fernandez Lynch, eds., MIT Press, 2014.
  • Gupta V, Brosco J, Patel N, Braddock A, Stein M. An ethical conflict between parents and clinician in a child with a language delay. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Vol 32, No. 7, 559-560, September 2011.
  • Braddock A, Kapp-Simon K, Stein M. Neurofibromatosis type 1 in a 9-year-old boy with learning problems, emotional outbursts, and facial disfigurement. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Vol. 32, No. 5, 427–429, June 2011.

Selected Presentations

  • The Ethics of “Smart Pills”: Pediatricians, Stimulants, and Neuroenhancement. Presented at the Academic Pediatric Association Region IX and X Meeting, Monterey, CA, February 1, 2015.
  • Research Ethics Book Group Lunch and Meet the Authors: Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future, at the Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R) Advancing Ethical Research Conference, Baltimore, MD, December 5, 2014.
  • The Ethics of “Smart Pills”: Stimulants and Pediatric Neuroenhancement. Presented at Rady Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 12th, 2013.
  • The Ethics of Covert Video Surveillance for Suspected Child Abuse. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Mentor Pairing Workshop, Washington, D.C., October 19th, 2012.
  • Enhancement or Harm? Nonmedical Stimulants in Youth and Cognitive Development (Poster). Presented at the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 11th, 2012.


  • Instructs residents and medical students at UC San Diego School of Medicine


  • State Governmental Affairs Representative, American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 3


  • Intern Selection Committee, UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency
  • Ethics Committee, Rady Children’s Hospital