A photo of Kelly Kamimura-Nishimura.

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I was born and raised in Peru, and I completed my pediatrics residency in the Bronx, with its diversity in race, culture, language and education. I have a special interest in the social and environmental barriers minorities face when dealing with their health problems in the U.S.

As a developmental pediatrician, I evaluate and manage children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). My goal is to help children with developmental disabilities — particularly those from underserved communities — reach their full potential as active community members.

My work takes place in outpatient settings, where I help patients with suspected and confirmed developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. My clinical activities include diagnostic evaluation, management and ongoing care for these patients.

I was honored to receive the 2011 Best Pediatric PGY-1 Resident Award from Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, and its 2013 Best Pediatric PGY-3 Resident Award. I received the 2013 Resident Research Award from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and I was a participant in the 2014 Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Research Scholars Symposium. I received the 2017 Society for Pediatric Research Young Investigator Coaching Program Award participant and participated in the 2019 RAPID Mentoring and Career Development Conference.

The goal of my research is to identify and address barriers to the successful navigation of the healthcare system for children with developmental disabilities who are from minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my son, walking and cooking. I also like to read books about empowering women.

Clinical Interests

Developmental pediatrics; behavioral pediatrics

Research Interests


Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Global Health

My Locations

My Education

MD: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru.

Residency: General Pediatrics, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY.

Certification: General Pediatrics, 2013.

My Publications

Factors Associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Medication Use in Community Care Settings. Kamimura-Nishimura, KI; Epstein, JN; Froehlich, TE; Peugh, J; Brinkman, WB; Baum, R; Gardner, W; Langberg, JM; Lichtenstein, P; Chen, D; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 213:155-162.e1.

Strategies for improving ADHD medication adherence. Kamimura-Nishimura, KI; Brinkman, WB; Froehlich, TE. Current psychiatry. 2019; 18:11-20.

Autism spectrum disorders and their treatment with psychotropic medications in a nationally representative outpatient sample: 1994-2009. Kamimura-Nishimura, K; Froehlich, T; Chirdkiatgumchai, V; Adams, R; Fredstrom, B; Manning, P. Annals of Epidemiology. 2017; 27:448-453.e1.

Does Nursery-Based Intensified Anticipatory Guidance Reduce Emergency Department Use for Nonurgent Conditions in the First Month of Life? A Randomized Controlled Trial. Kamimura-Nishimura, K; Chaudhary, V; Olaosebikan, F; Azizi, M; Galiveeti, S; Adeniyi, A; Neugebauer, R; Hagmann, SH F. International Journal of Pediatrics. 2016; 2016:1-6.