M. Paula Aristizabal, MD, MAS
|Title(s)||Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics|
|Address||9500 Gilman Drive #|
La Jolla CA 92093
|University of California San Francisco, CA||Certificate in Implementation Science||6/2021|
|Institute of Healthcare Improvement, Boston, MA||Certificate in Quality Improvement Coaching||9/2019|
|Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, San Diego, CA||Certificate in Quality Improvement Leadership||6/2019|
|University of Missouri, Children's Mercy Pediatric Bioethics Center, Kansas, MO||Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics||5/2016|
|University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA||Masters of Advance Studies in Clinical Research||6/2015|
|University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA||Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology||11/2013|
|NIH||2020||National Research Mentoring Network (NMRN) Grant Writing Training Program Scholar|
|Colombian Academy of Medicine||2020||National Academy of Medicine Research Award|
|NCI||2019||Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities National Minority Health Month Spotlight|
|NIH||2019||Entering Research Curriculum Train-the Trainer Scholar|
|NIH/Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health||2019||Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences Scholar|
|University of California San Diego ||2018||Hispanic Center of Excellence Faculty Scholar|
|American Society of Hematology||2018||Best Capacity-Building Project, Global Capacity-Building Showcase|
|American Society of Hematology||2017||Best Capacity-Building Project, Global Capacity-Building Showcase |
|Mexican Consulate- San Diego||2009
||2011||Recognition for Outstanding Leadership in the Mexico-U.S. border|
|Government of Mexico||2009
||2011||Recognition for Outstanding Leadership in Pediatric Oncology|
Dr. Paula Aristizabal is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UC San Diego. She completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at UC San Diego and a Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research at UC San Diego.
Dr. Aristizabal research interests include ethics, patient-provider communication and global health, with a focus on discovering the causes of pediatric cancer disparities and developing strategies to improve outcomes in racial/ethnic minorities and underseved groups. Her work has focused on the barriers to participation in pediatric cancer clinical trials experienced by Hispanic children and how social determinants of health, such as race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, health literacy, language, and acculturation, affect outcomes in Hispanics. She has also conducted global health projects on implementation of health services for children with cancer in underserved areas in Latin America, including Mexico and Colombia, to improve access to care, cancer surveillance and registration, and cancer disparities globally.
Dr. Aristizabal is the principal investigator of several clinical research studies focused on implementation science, qualitative research, mixed methods, bioethics and quality improvement. She mentors trainees and junior faculty in diverse quality improvement and research projects, including medical students in their ISP projects.
She is a member of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Population Sciences, Disparities and Community Engagement division, the San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and the UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center.
In her clinical work, Dr. Aristizabal specializes in the care of children with leukemia and lymphoma. She is the Division's Quality Improvement Lead and chair of the Quality Improvement Committee.