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    Debra Lotstein, MD

    TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentPediatrics
    AddressCHLA 4650 W. Sunset Blvd.
    Off Campus
    Los Angeles California 90026
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      As the Director of the Division of Palliative Care, Dr. Lotstein oversees the expanding clinical, educational and research activities of CHLA’s interdisciplinary program. She is an attending physician for the team’s inpatient and outpatient clinical services. The Division of Palliative Care seeks to promote services to achieve the highest possible quality of life for children with complex conditions and their families.

      Prior to coming to CHLA, Lotstein served as Medical Director of the Children’s Pain and Comfort Care Program at UCLA. She was also an associate program director of the UCLA Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency program, and was the founding medical director of the Transition Care Consult Program, providing support to adolescents with chronic conditions as they transition into adult care. She has served as an investigator on a number of quality improvement learning collaborative efforts, including the First 5 LA Early Developmental Screening and Intervention Partnership from 2005 to 2010. Most recently she was the project co-director for research on “The Life Course Health Development Primary Care Residency Curriculum” funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

      Dr. Lotstein received her medical degree from Stanford University and completed her combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In addition to her medical training, she was a health services research fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar’s Program, and received her master’s in public health, from UCLA. She is triple Board-certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine.


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      1. McManus MA, Pollack LR, Cooley WC, McAllister JW, Lotstein D, Strickland B, Mann MY. Current status of transition preparation among youth with special needs in the United States. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun; 131(6):1090-7. PMID: 23669518.
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      2. Lotstein D, Seid M, Klingensmith G, Case D, Lawrence JM, Pihoker C, Dabelea D, Mayer-Davis EJ, Gilliam LK, Corathers S, Imperatore G, Dolan L, Anderson A, Bell RA, Waitzfelder B. Transition from pediatric to adult care for youth diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in adolescence. Pediatrics. 2013 Apr; 131(4):e1062-70. PMID: 23530167; PMCID: PMC4535025.
      3. Lotstein D, Kuo AA, Strickland B, Tait F. The transition to adult health care for youth with special health care needs: do racial and ethnic disparities exist? Pediatrics. 2010 Dec; 126 Suppl 3:S129-36. PMID: 21123475.
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      4. Kuo AA, Inkelas M, Maidenberg M, Lotstein D, Samson KM, Halfon N. Pediatricians' roles in the provision of developmental services: an international study. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2009 Aug; 30(4):331-9. PMID: 19672160.
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      5. Lotstein D, Ghandour R, Cash A, McGuire E, Strickland B, Newacheck P. Planning for health care transitions: results from the 2005-2006 National Survey of Children With Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics. 2009 Jan; 123(1):e145-52. PMID: 19117836.
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      6. Nelson CD, Beckjord EB, Dausey DJ, Chan E, Lotstein D, Lurie N. How can we strengthen the evidence base in public health preparedness? Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2008 Dec; 2(4):247-50. PMID: 19050432.
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      7. Bell LE, Bartosh SM, Davis CL, Dobbels F, Al-Uzri A, Lotstein D, Reiss J, Dharnidharka VR. Adolescent Transition to Adult Care in Solid Organ Transplantation: a consensus conference report. Am J Transplant. 2008 Nov; 8(11):2230-42. PMID: 18822088.
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      8. Lotstein D, Seid M, Ricci K, Leuschner K, Margolis P, Lurie N. Using quality improvement methods to improve public health emergency preparedness: PREPARE for Pandemic Influenza. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Sep-Oct; 27(5):w328-39. PMID: 18628274.
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      9. Lotstein D, Inkelas M, Hays RD, Halfon N, Brook R. Access to care for youth with special health care needs in the transition to adulthood. J Adolesc Health. 2008 Jul; 43(1):23-9. PMID: 18565434.
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      10. Seid M, Lotstein D, Williams VL, Nelson C, Leuschner KJ, Diamant A, Stern S, Wasserman J, Lurie N. Quality improvement in public health emergency preparedness. Annu Rev Public Health. 2007; 28:19-31. PMID: 17201687.
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      11. Kuo AA, Inkelas M, Lotstein D, Samson KM, Schor EL, Halfon N. Rethinking well-child care in the United States: an international comparison. Pediatrics. 2006 Oct; 118(4):1692-702. PMID: 17015563.
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      12. Seid M, Yu H, Lotstein D, Varni JW. Using health-related quality of life to predict and manage pediatric healthcare. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2005 Aug; 5(4):489-98. PMID: 19807266.
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      13. Lotstein D, McPherson M, Strickland B, Newacheck PW. Transition planning for youth with special health care needs: results from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics. 2005 Jun; 115(6):1562-8. PMID: 15930217.
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      14. Ward MM, Sundaramurthy S, Lotstein D, Bush TM, Neuwelt CM, Street RL. Participatory patient-physician communication and morbidity in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2003 Dec 15; 49(6):810-8. PMID: 14673968.
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      15. Ward MM, Lotstein D, Bush TM, Lambert RE, van Vollenhoven R, Neuwelt CM. Psychosocial correlates of morbidity in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. J Rheumatol. 1999 Oct; 26(10):2153-8. PMID: 10529132.
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      16. Lotstein D, Ward MM, Bush TM, Lambert RE, van Vollenhoven R, Neuwelt CM. Socioeconomic status and health in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. J Rheumatol. 1998 Sep; 25(9):1720-9. PMID: 9733452.
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      17. Panter-Brick C, Lotstein D, Ellison PT. Seasonality of reproductive function and weight loss in rural Nepali women. Hum Reprod. 1993 May; 8(5):684-90. PMID: 8314959.
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