UCSD MCAHP
UCSD Mother, Child and Adolescent HIV Program

Welcome

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR WEBSITE IS UNDER RECONSTRUCTION.

PLEASE SEE OUR MAIN PROGRAM INFORMATION BELOW.

The UCSD Mother-Child-Adolescent HIV Program provides comprehensive, family centered HIV care to women, children and youth. A multidisciplinary team of HIV specialists provides medical care, clinical research trials, patient education, counseling, case management, peer advocacy, and community education.

 

For Appointments or Information

Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm

4076 Third Ave. Suite 301
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone # 619-543-8089

For information or appointments, please call Tammelita Cotlon-Pineda at (619) 543-8089.


Services

All services are available in English and Spanish (Todos los servicios son disponible en español e inglés). Translation services are available for other languages. All services are provided in a manner that respects the confidentiality of each person.

The following services are available:

Staff provide comprehensive and confidential HIV specialty care including:

    • Primary care
    • HIV care
    • General Health Care
    • Nutrition
    • Health Education
    • STD Treatment
    • Mental Health Services
    • Case Management
    • Someone to talk to
    • Clinical Research Trial
    • Advocacy
    • Prenatal Care & Delivery
    • Family Planning
    • Pre-conception Counseling
    • Neurodevelopmental Evaluations

FemOwen Clinic

The FemOwen Clinic offers comprehensive HIV services. Experienced healthcare staff provides care that is sensitive to the needs of women and families.

For more information, the main Owen Clinic website is owenclinic.ucsd.edu

Prenatal Program

The UCSD Prenatal HIV Program provides comprehensive prenatal/HIV services for women living with HIV. Staff provide culturally competent healthcare for women and their infants.

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adolescent Care

The UCSD Mother, Child and Adolescent Program helps each youth who is moving from Pediatric to Adolescent Clinic. When a child is “aging-up” at around age 12-14, the youth is invited to participate in a 4-6 week group made to assist HIV+ youth over the age of 12 years feel more comfortable moving from pediatric care into adolescent primary care.

Transitioning from Youth to Adult Care

The UCSD Youth Program provides health care and supportive services for youth up to 25 years of age. As youth transition into an adult health care system, the Adolescent Team will assist with coordination and continuation of care. The Adolescent Team will provide services until the youth has successfully made the transition to Adult Care.

Mission

Through research, clinical care and education, to constantly improve the care and treatment of HIV infected and affected women, children and youth and to prevent new HIV infections.

Our mission is accomplished through a multidisciplinary team approach that provides high quality, comprehensive, culturally competent, accessible medical care, health promotion, HIV prevention and family centered social services in San Diego County.

History

The UCSD Mother-Child-Adolescent HIV Program has offered comprehensive family centered care since 1989.  Stephen A. Spector, M.D., initially developed a clinic for children with HIV and later created a clinic for their mothers.  In 1991, the program expanded to provide comprehensive prenatal/HIV care for women.  In 1996, we organized a program designed to meet the specific needs of adolescents and young adults (ages 13-24) living with HIV.

Health and social services are funded through Ryan White Treatment Extension Act of 2009, Part A and Part D, health insurance, educational grants and donations. Program research activities are funded by the National Institutes of Health.

CHILDREN'S STAFF

 

Stephen A. Spector, MD Program Director
Pediatric Infectious Disease, HIV Specialist
Rolando Viani, MD Pediatric Infectious Disease, HIV Specialist
Letty Muttera, R-Pharm Pharmacist
Sharon Nichols, Ph.D. Neurodevelopmental Psychologist
Anita Darcey, RN, BSN Pediatric Nurse
Janine Szafranski, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian
Adriana Gonzalez, MSW Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9232
Joanne Ellison, MA Educational Therapist

 

WOMEN'S & OB-GYN STAFF

 

Jennifer Blanchard, MD HIV Specialist
Andrew Hull, MD OB-GYN, HIV Specialist
Shira Abeles, MD HIV Specialist
Karla Torres, NP HIV Specialist
Mary Caffery, RN, MSN
Nurse Coordinator
Jennifer Lewis, LCSW, Ph.D. Clinical Supervisor-Families First Program
Maria Huerta, LCSW Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9210
Gila Cohen, LCSW Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9173
Nicole Pepper, MSW Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9176
Adriana Gonzalez, MSW Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9232
Karla Pardo, MSW
Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9209
Rachel Gasca, MSW
Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9203
Karina Valdez, MA Families First Program
Patricia Zepeda Case Worker

 

YOUTH STAFF

 

Lawrence Friedman, MD Adolescent Clinician 
Rolando Vianni, MD
Pediatrics Infectious Disease
Jennifer Blanchard, MD HIV Specialist
Jill Blumenthal, MD
HIV Specialist
Nicodemus Watts, MD Psychiatrist
Lisa Stangl, CPNP Nurse Practitioner
Janine Szafranski, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian
Nicole Pepper, MSW Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9176
Joseph Mora, MA Clinical Social Worker 858-534-2955
Karla Pardo, MSW
Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9209
Rachel Gasca, MSW
Clinical Social Worker 858-534-9203
Chris Mueller, LCSW
Substance Abuse/Harm Reduction Counselor
Christian Fuentes, BSW Case Manager

 

BINATIONAL STAFF

 

Stephen A. Spector, MD Program Director 
Pediatric Infectious Disease
Rolando Viani, MD Pediatric Infectious Disease
HIV Specialist

 

PROGRAM/RESEARCH STAFF

 

Maria Araneta, PhD Data Manager
Kim Norris, RN, BSN Research Coordinator
Daniel Szpak, RN, CCRC
Clinical Research Nurse
Myrene Preston, RMA Quality Manager
Roanne Domingo Lab Assistance
Veronica Figueroa, MA Neurodevelopmental Testing
Tammelita Cotlon-Pineda Bilingual Retention Specialist
Brenda Fernandez Patient Transportation
Betty Pritchard Data Manager
Megan Loughran, BA IRB Coordinator
 

About Us

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