Department of Pediatrics

Our Department of Pediatrics is a large team of providers focused on caring for children from infancy through adolescence. With over thirty Pediatricians and Advanced Practice Clinicians on our team, we offer preventative and general medical care, from screenings and immunizations to treatment of illness and injury. SCMG’s Department of Pediatrics maintains a strong relationship with Rady Children’s Hospital; any required inpatient admissions are at Rady Children’s Hospital. We also provide specialty care for our patients both at Scripps Clinic and in collaboration with Rady Children’s Pediatric Specialists. Our pediatric providers assist in staffing the Level 1 Newborn Nursery at Scripps La Jolla Hospital. In every circumstance, our goal is to offer children, their parents and caregivers the compassionate, highly competent care we would want for our own families.

Department Chair: Erik Hogen, MD

Carmel Valley Pediatrics:

Tim Bancroft MD
Mackenzie Coffin MD
Ann Marie Engfelt MD
Annie Kupelian MD
Daniel Lichtmann MD
Michelle Sanford MD
Raha Shaw MD
Karen Wilson MD

Mandy Butterstein NP
Kelly Pineda, PA

Rancho Bernardo Pediatrics:

Julie Bleha MD
Alicia Christiansen MD
Gurinder Dabhia MD
Jenny Davis MD
Kathryn Gabrielson MD
Erik Hogen MD
Kara Hutton MD
Marcelline Welsh MD
Adam Whitman MD

Samantha Galvan, NP
Natalie Bolivar NP

Mission Valley Pediatrics:

Hayley Avol MD
Gary Chun MD

Brenda Hamer MD
Matilda Remba MD
Hayley Avol MD

Megan Feith, NP
Emily Thurston NP


Santee Pediatrics:

Kim Leek MD
Erin O’leary MD
Lynne Scannell MD

Brittany Bogart NP

Rancho San Diego Pediatrics:

Shaun Berger MD
Dawn Van Ness MD
Felicia Ma PA

Pediatric Health Express:

Jhanina Dioso MD
Poorvi Patel MD
Kimberly Sprague MD

SCMG Pediatrics, Carmel Valley

SCMG Pediatrics, Rancho Bernardo

SCMG Pediatrics, Mission Valley

SCMG Pediatrics, Santee

SCMG Pediatrics, Rancho San Diego

SCMG Pediatrics, Scripps Health Express

Featured Services

  • Wellness visits

  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness

  • Newborn and infant care

  • Adolescent and teen care

  • Physicals for school, camp and sports

  • Immunizations

  • Consultation on behavioral issues

  • International travel preparation

  • International adoption consultations

  • Allergy and asthma treatments

  • Lactation consultations

  • Nutritional counseling

  • Circumcisions

Recognitions & Awards

  • The Department of Pediatrics has developed and is committed to a number of patient care and internal improvement processes.

  • SCMG Department of Pediatrics is committed to fully vaccinating our patients, with ongoing initiatives Department wide to maximize vaccination in all children by age 2 years with required vaccines and to complete adolescent vaccines required by age 13 years, including the completion of the HPV vaccine series. We work with Scripps Medical Foundation Vaccine Committee as well as local public health representatives to help accomplish this.

  • We are dedicated to improving mental health for children and adolescents. Our Pediatric Mental Health Committee was created to optimize Depression and Anxiety screening in our Department and to facilitate care following this screening. We also have Model Cell involvement in the Department, a program that optimizes local clinic workflows.

  • Our Department has Committees on Antibiotic Stewardship and Newborn Care.

Our department participates in teaching medical school students as well as pediatric residents, Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant candidates.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Graduate Medical Education page.