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Tomás A. Magaña, MD, MA, FAAP is a Latino physician, program director, educator and advocate dedicated to improving care and health outcomes for vulnerable children.

As Principal Investigator at the Public Health Institute, Dr. Magaña founded and directs the FACES for the Future Coalition, and leads national dissemination of the FACES program models. Dr. Magaña co-founded the FACES program in 2000 to improve health outcomes for at-risk adolescents, respond to imperatives for building a diverse and culturally responsive health care workforce, and address workforce shortages in healthcare professions. Dr. Magaña also serves as Director of the UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence’s Aspiring Physicians Program at San Francisco State University, where he supports the development and mentorship of Latinx and African-American undergraduates who aspire to become physicians. Dr. Magaña is a leading expert in the design and implementation of health workforce pipeline programs for youth and young adults.

Dr. Magaña is a board-certified pediatrician with expertise in the care of vulnerable children and adolescents, including those impacted by the juvenile justice and foster care systems, immigration and community violence. He is a Lead Physician in the Department of School-Based Health Centers at La Clínica de La Raza, Inc. where he serves the complex medical needs of diverse youth from Alameda County. He previously was an Attending Physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where he served as Medical Director of Alameda County’s Juvenile Justice Center.

Dr. Magaña is also an Assistant Professor and Medical Director in the Department of Physician Assistant at Samuel Merritt University and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Magaña is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Commissioner of First 5 Alameda County, and has served on several county, state and national advisory boards.

Honors include the Jefferson Award (Silver Medal) for Public Service, The California Wellness Foundation’s Champion of Health Professions Diversity Award, Univisión’s Medalla al Mérito, Bank of America’s Local Hero Award, and UCSF’s Gold-Headed Cane Award. His work with youth has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, NBC Bay Area News, the San Francisco Chronicle and in People Magazine.

Dr. Magaña received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, his Masters degree from U.C. Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

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