Daniel Lesser, M.D.


3020 Children's Way
MC 5070
San Diego, CA 92123


Pulmonology/Respiratory Medicine


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Childrens Hospital - Los Angeles


Childrens Hospital - Los Angeles

Board Certifications

Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatrics




Dr. Daniel Lesser is a pulmonologist in the Respiratory Medicine Division at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an associate professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego.

After graduating from Brown University, Dr. Lesser went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Upon finishing his residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, he remained there to complete his fellowship in pediatric pulmonology.

Dr. Lesser's clinical focus is children with sleep disordered breathing and sleep apnea, respiratory manifestations of neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy, disorders of ventilatory control and technology-dependent/medically fragile children. In working with families, he aims to create a care plan that will help every child maximize and exceed his or her unique potential.

Dr. Lesser is active in teaching and serves as the director of the Rady Children's Pediatric Pulmonology fellowship program. A cross-country and track runner at Brown, Dr. Lesser remains a competitive distance runner and has finished as the top faculty member in the UC San Diego Chancellor's Challenge 5K race.


Body Fat Composition: A Predictive Factor for Sleep Related Breathing Disorder in Obese Children.
Bhatia R, Lesser DJ, Oliveira FG, Tran WH, Keens TG, Khoo MC, Davidson Ward SL

Evaluation of phrenic nerve and diaphragm function with peripheral nerve stimulation and M-mode ultrasonography in potential pediatric phrenic nerve or diaphragm pacing candidates.
Skalsky AJ, Lesser DJ, McDonald CM

The (pediatric pulmonary) world is flat. The spread of Internet-based pediatric pulmonary case conferences.
Stokes DC, McBride JT, Hagood JS, Lesser DJ, Taylor JB

The utility of a portable recording device for screening of obstructive sleep apnea in obese adolescents.
Lesser DJ, Haddad GG, Bush RA, Pian MS

Sleep fragmentation and intermittent hypoxemia are associated with decreased insulin sensitivity in obese adolescent Latino males.
Lesser DJ, Bhatia R, Tran WH, Oliveira F, Ortega R, Keens TG, Mittelman SD, Khoo MC, Davidson Ward SL

Does the 6-min walk test correlate with the exercise stress test in children?
Lesser DJ, Fleming MM, Maher CA, Kim SB, Woo MS, Keens TG

Congenital hypoventilation syndromes.
Lesser DJ, Ward SL, Kun SS, Keens TG

See the full listing of this physician's publications on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

PubMed is a third-party website and not affiliated with Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.