Douglas Vanderbilt, MD

USC UCEDD at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles
University of Southern California
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Mailstop #53
Los Angeles, CA 90027-6062
Phone: 323-660-2450
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 05, 2015


Leadership: LEND Director
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: High Risk Infant Follow-up
Discipline(s): Medicine-Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


Dr. Vanderbilt is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician. While at Boston Medical Center and now at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, he has diagnosed and followed children on the autism spectrum and other related neurodevelopmental disabilities for over 9 years. His clinical activities focus on supporting families with children on the autism spectrum and those at high risk of developmental problems with evidence based diagnostic and treatment approaches. His interest is in helping to develop the CHLA LEND and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship Program into a nationally recognized clinical site and a cutting edge developmental and behavioral training experience. He has given presentations to various interdisciplinary groups and media outlets on the identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, medical traumatic stress, and developmental-behavioral pediatric topics. His research focuses on the posttraumatic stress of parents and children generated in medical settings and the effects of high-risk births. His is conducting a 2 year old neurodevelopmental outcome study of children with Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. He was just funded to look at contextual outcomes of infants having undergone Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.

Current Roles
• Director, CHLA Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship Program
• Medical Director, High-Risk Infant Follow up Clinic
• KL2 Award recipient
• Assistant Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine
• Medical Director of the CHLA Reach Out and Read Program
• Member of the California Premature Infant Health Coalition

Areas of Interest
• Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric assessment and intervention
• Clinical assessment and treatment for preterm and high risk infants
• Clinical assessment and treatment for children on the autism spectrum
• Medical traumatic stress effects on physical health
• Developmental and behavioral screening in primary care
• Biopsychosocial medicine
• Language and literacy promotion

• BA, Psychology, Health and Development Track, Stanford University
• MD, University of Tennessee Memphis College of Medicine
• Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship, Shriver Center, Boston
• ZERO TO THREE's Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship
• Board-certified General and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

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