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Dean A. Blumberg

Philosophy of Care

We live in an age where there are tremendous opportunities to keep children healthy by preventing infections.  I aim to work with children and their parents to optimize health.  When an infection is suspected or occurs, I partner with the parents and the child to ensure that appropriate diagnosis and treatment ensues.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Blumberg's main areas of interest are preventing and treating childhood infections. He is involved in clinical vaccine research and childhood immunization policies, and is also head of Infection Control at Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Blumberg's research interests include clinical vaccine studies and prevention and treatment of surgical site infections.


Associate Professor
Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases


Pediatric Infectious Diseases



Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Allergy

Center/Program Affiliation:


Ticon II Building
2516 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-5177

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)



M.D., Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, 1984
B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1980


Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1984-85


Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1985-87


University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1987-90

Board Certifications:

American Board of Pediatrics, 1989
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 1994

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Pediatrics
Infectious Diseases Society of American
Pediatric Infectious Disease Society
Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America

Select Honors and Awards:

The Cervical Cancer & HPV Project, Honor, 2010

Certificate of Recognition, California State Senate, 2009

Golden Service Award, Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE), 2009

Natalie J. Smith, MD, MPH Immunization Champion Award, California Coalition for Childhood Immunization, 2007

“Hot Shot” Award, Shots for Tots Regional Coalition, 2006

Special Achievement Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2005

Select Recent Publications:

Blumberg DA. Sports physicals. Pharos. 2005;68(3):33-4

Blumberg DA.  Hepatitis A infection and prevention.  In:  Jong EC, Stevens DL, eds.  Netter’s Infectious Diseases.  Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2012:  60-64.

Blumberg DA.  Human Papillomavirus infections and prevention.  In: Jong EC, Stevens DL, eds.  Netter’s Infectious Diseases.  Philadelphia, PA:  Elsevier, 2012:  71-74.

Blumberg DA.  Hepatitis B Infection.  In:  Jong EC, Stevens DL, eds.  Netter’s Infectious Diseases.  Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2012:  65-70.

Kapetanovic S, Wiegand RE, Dominguez K, Blumberg D, Bohannon B, Wheeling J, Rutstein R; LEGACY Consortium. Associations of medically documented psychiatric diagnoses and risky health behaviors in highly active antiretroviral therapy-experienced perinatally HIV-infected youth. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2011 Aug;25(8):493-501.

Hendrickson DJ, Blumberg DA, Joad JP, Jhawar S, McDonald RJ. Five-fold increase in pediatric parapneumonic empyema since introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2008;27:1030-1 032.

Sejvar JJ, Kohl KS, Bilynsky R, Blumberg D, Cvetkovich T, Galama J, Gidudu J, Katikaneni L, Khuri-Bulos N, Oleske J, Tapiainen T, Wiznitzer M. Encephalitis, myelitis, and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM): Case definitions and guidelines for collection, analysis, and presentation of immunization safety data. Vaccine 2007;24:5771-5792.

Taylor Z, Butani L, Blumberg DA, Cowan M, Wara D. Index of suspicion (case report). Pediatr Rev 2006;27:463, 464-466.

Wong DM, Blumberg DA, Lowe LG. Guidelines for the use of antibiotics in acute upper respiratory tract infections. Am Family Physician 2006;74:956-966.

To see if Dean A. Blumberg is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).