Lindia Willies-Jacobo, MD, FAAP


Administrative Assistant: 858-246-0046

Lindia Willies-Jacobo is a board-certified Pediatrician and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development and Community Health. Her professional interests include medical education where she teaches medical students and residents on a variety of topics, including cross-cultural issues in the practice of pediatrics, and the role of implicit bias in the clinical encounter.
Dr. Willies-Jacobo directs many courses at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and serves as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships, and Director of the Program in Medical Education Health Equity (PRIME-HEq). Dr. Willies-Jacobo has received numerous teaching and advocacy awards, and is a member of the UC San Diego Academy of Clinician Scholars.


  • Undergraduate Education:  Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology Minor: Political Science, University of    California, San Diego
  • Medical Degree: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
  • Residency:  Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego
  • Chief Residency in Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego
  • Special Certifications: Board Certified, General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Areas of Interest

  • Healthcare Workforce Diversity
  • Health DIsparities
  • Cultural Competency

Ongoing Projects

  • June 2014-June 2015, Lincoln High School Health Equity (LHS-HEq), Sponsor: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development/HCTP Mini Grant,Total: $14,845.60, Role: Principal Investigator
  • October 2014-October 2015, UCSD School of Medicine Educational Development Grant, Total: $5,000 Project:Intersection of LGBTQ Health, Role: Primary Investigator
  •  July 2016-June 2021, HRSA AU-Workforce Diversity; PI: Dr. Tonya Fancher-UC Davis, Total: $ 3,750,000, Project: Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce, Role: Research collaborator
  • July 2017-June 2022, HRSA Centers of Excellence,Total: $3,361,238, Project: Hispanic Center of Excellence, Role: Principal Investigator                              

Selected Publications

  • Willies-Jacobo, L Stein, MT Headaches: In The Chicago Companion to the Child  Chicago IL: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
  • Willies-Jacobo, L  Pharyngitis in Children. In: Ebell MH, ed. Evidence at Hand 1st ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2008.


  • Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians(BNGAP 2017 Southwest Regional Conference): "Academic Career Portfolios and Promotion Packages". Tucson,Arizona. 2017
  • 1st Annual Making Medicine Equal Conference: "Allostatic Load: How Heavy is the Burden?" UC San Diego SOM La Jolla, CA. 2015
  • American Thoracic Society Resident Boot Camp Program 2014 International Conference: "How to Address Healthcare Inequalities". San Diego, CA. 2014
  • UCSD Department of Medicine Grand Rounds: "Promoting Health Equity: The Role of Diversity and Cultural Competency". UCSD SOM La Jolla, CA. 2014
  • Rady Children's Hospital Grand Rounds-14th Annual LeNoir Lectureship-"Health Disparities in Children: Causes, Consequences and Conviction". San Diego, CA. 2012


  • UCSD School of Medicine- Pediatrics Clerkship: Master Clinician Program 
  • Principles to Practice SOMC 410 Problem Based Learning- MS-4 Curriculum;
  • Implicit Bias Curriculum: Faculty, Residents, Students
  • Clinicopathological Correlation Conferences UCSD Pediatrics Residency Program
  • Resident Noon Conference Series-Children’s Hospital and Health Center        
  • SOMI 224 Clinical Foundations POM Pediatrics Mini-Block Director
  • Course Director for:
    • SOMI 233  Influences on Health: From Genes to Communities
    • SOMI 234  Beyond the Bench and Bedside: Partnering with Communities
    • SOMI 235  Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
    • SOMI 230  Health Education Outreach
    • PEDS 229 Cognitive Strategies Instruction


  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)-Group on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Western Region Representative: AAMC Group on Student Affairs-Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA)
  •  AAMC WGSA Steering Committee


  • Bridge to Employment (BTE) Advisory Committee-Janssen Pharmaceutical/Rady Children's Hospital
  • Faculty Advisory Committee for Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Grant, San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • Faculty Advisor: Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine(CCM)
  • Faculty Advisor: UCSD Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS)
  • Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer: Pediatrics and Academic Medicine


  • Western Region Representative: AAMC Group on Student Affairs-Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA)
  •  Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships
  •  Director: Program in Medical Education Health Equity (PRIME-HEq)