Juan Carlos Espinoza Salomon, MD

Quantitative Science
Pronouns: He, Him
Contact: jespinozasalomon@luriechildrens.org

“My goal as a researcher is to identify, refine, and innovate approaches to using data and technology to improve health outcomes and narrow the health gap faced by marginalized communities in the United States and abroad. ”

Research Interests

  • Health Information Systems
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity
  • Pediatric Medical Devices
  • Digital Health and Digital Media
  • Patient Generated Health Data
  • Global Health
  • Obesity
  • Children with Medical Complexity

Biography

  • Chief Research Informatics Officer, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute
  • Director, West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP)
  • Associate Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Data Science, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

After completing his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Juan Espinoza received an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) at the Immunotherapy Unit of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. During his time at the NIH, Dr. Espinoza worked on small molecule design, developing new therapeutic and research tools. He graduated from the USC Keck School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2013, and in 2014 became an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the USC Keck School of Medicine. 
 
While at CHLA, Dr. Espinoza’s clinical time focused on complex care coordination and obesity management, while his research focuses on informatics, medical devices, health equity, and global health. He held a number of leadership roles in informatics and innovation, including serving as the Co-Director of Clinical Research Informatics Core for the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UL1TR001855), Medical Director of the CHLA Innovation Studio, Methods and Data Core Director for the Southern California Center for Latino Health (P50MD017344), Research Lead for the International Digital Health Team, and Director and Principal Investigator for The West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation Pediatrics (P50FD006425), an FDA-funded pediatric medical device accelerator. His overarching career goal as a researcher, physician, and advocate is to identify, refine, and innovate approaches to using data and technology to improve health outcomes and narrow the health gap faced by marginalized communities in the United States and abroad.  
 
Dr. Espinoza’s academic interests are complemented by his experiences outside of medicine; in 2010 he co-founded GC/MDDM, a digital media production company that worked with television, film, web, and mobile technologies. Through this endeavor, he has partnered with both the entertainment and healthcare industries to create and implement technology and media solutions. Dr. Espinoza utilizes these same skills in his research, teaching, and clinical practice. 
 
In January 2023, Dr. Espinoza joined Lurie Children’s Hospital as the inaugural Chief Research Informatics Officer and Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Data Science at Northwestern University. In this new role, he provides expertise and oversight of research informatics and analytics as applied to basic, translational, clinical, and population health sciences. 

Education and Background

  • Residency in Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 2013
  • MD, USC Keck School of Medicine 2010
  • Washington University in St. Louis 2006

Featured Grants

Southern California Center for Chronic Health Disparities in Latino Children and Families

NIMHD
09/01/2021 → 10/31/2025

West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics

FDA
09/01/2018 → 08/31/2023

Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute

NUCATS
08/01/2015 → 06/30/2024

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