Fernando Sanchez Mendoza, MD, MPH

Professor and Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Chief, General Pediatrics Service, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Dr. Fernando Sanchez Mendoza is Professor and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Mendoza received his undergraduate degree from San Jose State College, his medical degree from Stanford University, and completed his pediatric residency at Stanford University Hospital. After residency, he obtained a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University, and then returned to Stanford as a Robert Wood Johnson Academic General Pediatric Fellow. Dr. Mendoza has been on the Stanford Medical School Faculty since 1981, and Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs since 1983. Dr. Mendoza’s research interests have focused on the health status of poor children, particularly U.S. Hispanic children’s health. He has published numerous articles and chapters on the health status and health care access of Hispanic and immigrant children. He is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals, and a past member of the NICHD study section and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Health and Adjustment of Immigrant Children and Families. His more recent work focuses on childhood obesity in Mexican American children, and recently, he has co-authored an Institute of Medicine sponsored review of childhood obesity in Mexican and Mexican American children and adolescents. Dr. Mendoza is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and of the American Pediatric Society. He is on the executive boards of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation and the Hispanic Serving Health Professions School Inc. He has been recognized for this academic and public service accomplishments by the California Latino Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Student Affairs-Minority Affairs Section, and the Latino Medical Student Association. In addition, he has been named among the 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine.