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

Department Vice Chair: Gurinder Dabhia, MD

Department Advanced Practice Clinician Lead: Samantha Galvan, NP

Clinical Vice President, Primary Care: Siu Ming Geary, MD

Division of Pediatric Medicine at Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley Annie Kupelian, MD
Division of Pediatric Medicine at Scripps Clinic Mission Valley, Rancho San Diego, & Santee Dawn Van Ness, MD
Division of Pediatric Medicine at Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo Gurinder Dahbia, MD
Division of Pediatric Medicine at Scripps Health Express (SHEX) Poorvi Patel, MD

Division of Pediatric Medicine, Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley

3811 Valley Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92130

Tim Bancroft, MD
Ann Marie Engfelt, MD
Desmond “Tony” Jolly, MD
Annie Kupelian, MD
Daniel Lichtmann, MD
Ann Macquarrie,MD
Erin O’Leary, MD
Karen Wilson, MD

Advanced Practice Clinicians: 

Mandy Hillmer, NP
Kelly Pineda, PA

Division of Pediatric Medicine, Scripps Clinics Mission Valley, Rancho San Diego & Santee

Pediatric Medicine at Scripps Clinic Missional Valley, 7425 Mission Valley Rd, Ste, 202, San Diego, CA 92108

Hayley Avol, MD
Gary Chun, MD
Brenda Hamer, MD
Matilda Remba, MD
Jessica Yu, MD

Advanced Practice Clinicians: 

Megan Cornwell, NP
Emily Thurston NP

Pediatric Medicine at Scripps Clinic Rancho San Diego, 3835 Avocado Blvd, Ste. 160, La Mesa, CA 91941

Shaun Berger, MD
Dawn Van Ness, MD

Advanced Practice Clinicians:

Felicia Ma, NP

Pediatric Medicine at Scripps Clinic Santee, 278 Town Center Parkway, Ste. 105, Santee, CA 92071

Megan Craig, MD
Shamini Govender, MD
Kimberly Sprague, MD

Advanced Practice Clinicians:

Ashley Cote, PA

Division of Pediatric Medicine, Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo

Pediatric Medicine at Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo, 15004 Innovation Drive, San Diego, CA 92128

Juliet Bleha, MD
Dabhia Gurinder, MD
Jenny Davis, MD
Kathryn Gabrielson, MD
Eric Hogen, MD
Kara Hutton, MD
Christopher Price, MD
Olga Rose, MD
Marcelline Welsh, MD
Adam Whitman, MD
Adam Whitman, MD
Katherine Wu, DO

Advanced Practice Clinicians:

Ashley Brynn, NP
Natalie Bolivar, NP
Samantha Galvan, NP

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.