Depts of Family & Preventive Medicine
and Internal Medicine & Endocrinology
University of California, San Diego
8899 University Center Lane, Suite 350
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone for appointment: 858-657-1636
Deborah Kado, MD, MS is Associate Professor in the Departments of Family & Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is an internist and geriatrician with a primary research focus on osteoporosis and the related disorder hyperkyphosis. She is a successfully funded National Institute’s of Health researcher and is internationally recognized in her field of expertise.
Dr. Kado is a native of Northern California. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, followed by her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. Being a native of California, she returned to Los Angeles and completed her residency training in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and then went on for further specialty fellowship training in geriatric and osteoporosis clinical research at the University of California, San Francisco. Through sponsorship by the Hartford Foundation, she returned to UCLA in 1998 and received a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, followed by an additional year of geriatric clinical specialty training at UCLA. She served on the UCLA faculty in geriatrics and orthopaedic surgery from July 2000 through July 2012.
In 2012, she moved to the UCSD School of Medicine Faculty, with a joint appointment in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine. In her new position, she is the principal or co-investigator on NIH RO1 funded studies on hyperkyphosis, she teaches in the medical school, and she sees patients through the Division of Endocrinology in La Jolla, California.
She served on the UCLA faculty in geriatrics and orthopaedic surgery from July 2000 through July 2012 until joining UC San Diego in August 2012. Her primary research interests are in understanding the pathogenesis and adverse health outcomes associated with age-related changes in spinal posture.