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.
Developmental pediatrics; behavioral pediatrics
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics