Dr. Thomas Klitzner is the Jack H. Skirball Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He also serves as Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of California Children's Services (CCS) Programs at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA.
Dr. Klitzner is the Director of the Medical Home Program at UCLA, a program designed to provide comprehensive, family centered, culturally competent services to the most disadvantaged children with special needs. He is a strong advocate at the local, state and national levels for enhanced healthcare for children with special health care needs. Clinically, Dr. Klitzner's interests include general pediatric cardiology with an emphasis on arrhythmias or irregular heart beats in children.
Dr. Klitzner has been honored with numerous awards for his research and commitment to professional organizations. He is a past recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and received a Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Grant from the Maternal Child Health Branch of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration to support his work on the Medical Home.
His extensive list of professional activities includes serving on the implantation committee of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative, and as Chair of the Cardiac Technical Advisory Committee for California Children’s Services, California’s Title V program for children with special health care needs. Dr. Klitzner is past chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery the Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease and the Board of LA Care, the largest Medicaid Managed Care Health Plan in the country. In addition, Dr. Klitzner is a past president of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Western States Affiliate.
Dr. Klitzner holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an A.B. in Physics from Harvard University.