Sherin U. Devaskar, MD

Sherin U. Devaskar, MD



Dr. Sherin U. Devaskar is Executive Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA.

Hospital Appointments

  • Physician-in-Chief, Mattel Children's Hospital

Sherin U. Devaskar, MD is Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Mattel Executive Endowed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is the Physician-in-Chief, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Children’s Health, UCLA Health. She is also the Executive Director of the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute (CDI).

Dr. Devaskar is a highly accomplished pediatrician/neonatologist, researcher and educator. She was selected as the recipient of the 2021 John Howland Award and Medal for Highest Achievements in promoting child health as a leader, physician-scientist, mentor and clinician-educator.

Dr. Devaskar's research is renowned for elucidating mechanisms and processes responsible for developmental origins of chronic childhood disorders such as obesity and diabetes with a recent emphasis on the effect of placental health on neurodevelopment. Her research is supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Devaskar has authored over 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She served as a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, National Institutes of Health, Chair of the NICHD-Maternal and Child Health Committee and Chair of the NIH-Human and Embryology Study Section. She was also the President of the American Pediatric Society and served on the International Pediatric Research Foundation Board. She is currently the President of the American Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs. Dr. Devaskar was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in October 2012.

Dr. Devaskar has a particular interest in academic development and focuses on supporting and mentoring fellows and junior faculty interested in becoming physician-scientists, clinician-researchers or educators. Dr. Devaskar serves on multiple UCLA, national and international committees. She served as the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the Pediatric Academic Societies. She was a member of the Perinatal-Neonatal Subsection of the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Devaskar served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Pediatric Research journal.

More locally, she is known to Pediatricians and Families in the Los Angeles Area, given her. passion for providing the best and safe care in a family centered manner for babies and children and has worked tirelessly to make this happen


Medical Board Certifications

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, 1981
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 1979


University of Cincinnati Hospital, 1981
USC Medical Center, 1979


Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital, 1978


Institute of Child Health & Hospital for Children, 1976
Madras Medical College, 1975


University of Madras, Madras Medical College, MD, 1973

Hospital Affiliations


  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021