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Deborah Lehman, MD


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Dr. Lehman earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and her infectious diseases fellowship at both UCLA and UCSF where she researched maternal fetal transmission of human immunodeficiency virus.

Prior to joining the division of pediatric infectious diseases at UCLA, Dr. Lehman was the associate clinical director of pediatric infectious diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the clerkship site director for pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Her interest and passion for medical education brought her back to UCLA to assume the role of assistant dean for student affairs, pediatric clerkship chair and associate vice chair of education in the department of pediatrics.

In addition to her roles in the medical school, Dr. Lehman along with her therapy dog Hamilton is a volunteer with UCLA's People Animal Connection at Ronald Reagan Medical Center and Mattel Children's Hospital.




Medical Board Certifications

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, American Board of Pediatrics, 1994
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 1991


Pediatrics/Infectious Diseases, UC San Francisco School of Medicine, 1994
Pediatrics/Infectious Diseases, UCLA School of Medicine, 1992


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, 1991


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, 1989


MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 1988


  • 2017: Ben Kagan Pediatric Society Award, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • 2013: Excellence in Education Award, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • 2000 and 2001: Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Hospital Affiliations



  1. Schulte, D, Lehman, D et al. Congenital Lymphocytic Meningitis Virus : An under diagnosed cause of neonatal hydrocephalus. Ped Infect Dis J. 2006; 25:560-562
  2. Lehman D, Tseng CW, Eells S, et. al. Staphylococcus aureus Panton-Valentine Leukocidin Targets Muscle Tissues in a Child with Myositis and Necrotizing Fasciitis. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2010;50:69-72.
  3. Drazin D, Lehman D, Danielpour M. Successful Surgical Drainage and Aggressive Medical Therapy in a Preterm Neonate with Bacillus cereus Meningitis: A Case Report. Pediatr Neurosurg 2010;46:466–471.
  4. Gidrewicz D. Lehman D. Rabizadeh S. Majlessipour F. Dubinsky M. et. al. Primary EBV infection resulting in lymphoproliferative disease in a teenager with Crohn disease. J. of Ped Gastroenterology & Nutrition. 52(1):103-5, 2011
  5. Phan H, Lehman D. Cerebral abscess complicating Proteus mirabilis meningitis in a newborn infant. J Child Neurol, 2011; 27:405-407.
  6. Gholkar N, Lehman D. Borrelia hermsii (Relapsing Fever). New Eng J Med. Images in Clinical Medicine January 17, 2013.
  7. Murray EL, Nieves, D, Bradley, J, Gargas, J, Mason, WH, Lehman D, Harriman, K, Cherry JD. Characteristics of Severe Bordetella pertussis Infection Among Infants ≤90 Days of Age Admitted to Pediatric Intensive Care Units- Southern California, September 2009–June 2011 J Ped Infect Dis 2013; 2: 1-6
  8. Nieves D, Bradley JS, Gargas J, Mason WH, Lehman, D et.al. Exchange Blood Transfusion in the Management of Severe Pertussis in Young Infants. Ped Infect Dis J. 2013. DOI: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31828c3bb3
  9. Mongkolrattanothai K, Nadipuram S, Krakowski, Stone M, Krogstad, Lehman D. Leishmaniasis gone viral: Social media and an outbreak of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Pediatr Dermatol, 2016. 33: e276–e277. doi:10.1111/pde.12910
  10. Coleman A, Lehman D. A flipped classroom and case-based curriculum to prepare medical students for vaccinerelated conversations with parents. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2017;13:10582.
  11. Cherry JD, Wendorf K, Bregman B, Federman M, Lopez M, Lehman, D, et. al. AN observational study of the management of severe pertussis in infants < 120 days of age. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Disease Society. 2017.

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  • 2017: Ben Kagan Pediatric Society Award, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • 2013: Excellence in Education Award, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • 2000 and 2001: Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center