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Meet Diane Tanaka, MD

I am Diane Tanaka. I am an Adolescent Medicine Speacialist at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. I chose this particular specialty because I knew I wanted to work with children, which is why I went in with Pediatrics. And then I wanted to specialize with teenagers alone because I really, through my own personal growing up experiences, knew personally teens who were run-aways or in the foster care system; or were coming out of very chaotic family environments. So that kind of drove me to want to work with teens, who were facing similar situations as an adult and now I have the capability to do so in my profession. When I’m not working my husband and I love to travel and that’s probably our favorite thing to do. So we have travelled many different countries; exploring the world, meeting new cultures and experiencing life that way.
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Diane Tanaka, MD

Adolescent Medicine Physician

Dr. Tanaka is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and the medical director of the Homeless Adolescent and Young Adult Wellness Center and the MyVOICE Adolescent Transition Program, both at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Tanaka went to University of California, Davis for medical school and did her residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Tanaka's primary speciality is Adolescent Medicine, and her clinical interests include: menstrual disorders, substance use and abuse, and the treatment of sexually transmitted infections. She currently serves at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and was awarded the Barbara Korsch Medical Education Award at CHLA in 2008 and listed in Castle Connely’s directory of top physicians in 2009.

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