From:                              UCSD Pediatrics <>

Sent:                               Tuesday, May 12, 2020 1:59 PM

To:                                   UCSD Pediatrics

Subject:                          NEWS FLASH: New Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Division


Department of Pediatrics


Special Announcement



Sent on behalf of Dr. David Inwards-Breland

Chief, Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine

UCSD Department of Pediatrics

I am very pleased to announce the launch of the new Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Medicine Division in the Department of Pediatrics! The Division's focus is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, trauma-informed and evidenced-based care to adolescents and young adults through advocacy, scholarship and teaching.


AYA Medicine Division members include me, Drs. Maya Kumar, Kay Rhee and Kanani Titchen.


Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic

The new AYA Clinic opened April 15, 2020 and provides consultative, evidenced based, trauma-informed and confidential care with a lens towards cultural humility as we partner with adolescents and young adults (age 10-26 yrs. old) in San Diego and surrounding counties. Our clinic has board certified Adolescent Medicine physicians, nutrition and social work services. We will offer a wide array of services including but not limited to eating and nutritional disorder management as well as mental health assessment with medication management. In addition, we provide comprehensive contraceptive services including placement of LARCs (long acting reversible contraception, which includes intrauterine devices and sub-dermal implants), medical management of menstrual and gynecologic disorders, and STI screening and treatment. 


Center for Gender Affirming Care

The Center for Gender Affirming Care is a multidisciplinary program and includes  members from Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, and Social Work. Our mission is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, evidence-based care and support to gender diverse youth and their families.  We offer medical management with gender affirming hormones and pubertal blockers. We collaborate extensively with local gender therapists to provide a culturally relevant and geographically accessible continuum of care.


Medical Behavioral Unit

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and UC San Diego have combined their skills and expertise to create the Medical Behavioral Unit, the only child and adolescent medical/behavioral inpatient unit in San Diego. This unit primarily treats children, adolescents, and young adults with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders. These patients often have abnormal cardiovascular function or are severely underweight, requiring nutrition intervention and close medical monitoring. Patients are cared for by a highly experienced team of professionals with medical (AYA and Hospital Medicine faculty), mental health and behavioral health expertise.


Department of Pediatrics Communications:  Debbie Taheri