Doris Trauner, M.D.


3020 Children's Way
MC 5009
San Diego, CA 92123




Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

Medical College of Virginia


UC San Diego


UC San Diego, University of Chicago School of Medicine

Board Certifications

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Neurology, Pediatrics




Dr. Doris Trauner is a pediatric neurologist and specialist in neurodevelopmental disabilities at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego as well as a distinguished professor of neurosciences and pediatrics at UC San Diego.

After earning her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Trauner completed an internship and a residency at UC San Diego, followed by a fellowship at the University of Chicago. Widely recognized and respected for her academic leadership, Dr. Trauner has held a joint appointment in the UC San Diego Neurosciences and Pediatrics Departments since 1977 and served as the chief of pediatric neurology from 1981 to 2015. She has served on numerous national and local committees, including the UC San Diego Committee on Academic Personnel and the Rady Children's Medical Staff Executive Committee. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students in addition to medical students and residents.

Dr. Trauner's research focuses on the cognitive consequences of conditions that alter brain development early in life, including both structural and metabolic disorders. She studies children with neurodevelopmental, genetic and metabolic disorders. She has over 190 publications including research articles and book chapters, as well as two books.

Dr. Trauner also maintains an active clinical practice in pediatric neurology, with clinical interests encompassing the entire spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, language impairment, developmental delay, neurobehavioral disorders and epileptic behavior syndromes, specializing in the latter two. She is board certified in pediatrics, child neurology and neurodevelopmental diseases.


Chiari I Malformation in Nephropathic Cystinosis.
Rao KI, Hesselink J, Trauner DA

Social functioning and autonomic nervous system sensitivity across vocal and musical emotion in Williams syndrome and autism spectrum disorder.
Järvinen A, Ng R, Crivelli D, Neumann D, Arnold AJ, Woo-VonHoogenstyn N, Lai P, Trauner D, Bellugi U

Clock drawing in children with perinatal stroke.
Yousefian O, Ballantyne AO, Doo A, Trauner DA

Patterns of Sensitivity to Emotion in Children with Williams Syndrome and Autism: Relations Between Autonomic Nervous System Reactivity and Social Functioning.
Järvinen A, Ng R, Crivelli D, Neumann D, Grichanik M, Arnold AJ, Lai P, Trauner D, Bellugi U

Behavioral correlates of epileptiform abnormalities in autism.
Trauner DA

Nephropathic cystinosis: an international consensus document.
Emma F, Nesterova G, Langman C, Labbé A, Cherqui S, Goodyer P, Janssen MC, Greco M, Topaloglu R, Elenberg E, Dohil R, Trauner D, Antignac C, Cochat P, Kaskel F, Servais A, Wühl E, Niaudet P, Van't Hoff W, Gahl W, Levtchenko E

Face and location processing in children with early unilateral brain injury.
Paul B, Appelbaum M, Carapetian S, Hesselink J, Nass R, Trauner D, Stiles J

Big strokes for little folks.
Trauner DA, Lo W

Hippocampal volume and memory performance in children with perinatal stroke.
Gold JJ, Trauner DA

Incidence and behavioral correlates of epileptiform abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders.
Mulligan CK, Trauner DA

Early language development after peri-natal stroke.
Trauner DA, Eshagh K, Ballantyne AO, Bates E

Executive function in nephropathic cystinosis.
Ballantyne AO, Spilkin AM, Trauner DA

Effect of age at treatment on cognitive performance in patients with cystinosis.
Viltz L, Trauner DA

Cognition in nephropathic cystinosis: pattern of expression in heterozygous carriers.
Niemiec S, Ballantyne A, Trauner DA

Perinatal risk factors and later social, thought, and attention problems after perinatal stroke.
Harbert MJ, Jett M, Appelbaum M, Nass R, Trauner DA

Spatial analysis after perinatal stroke: patterns of neglect and exploration in extra-personal space.
Thareja T, Ballantyne AO, Trauner DA

Neurological impairment in nephropathic cystinosis: motor coordination deficits.
Trauner DA, Williams J, Ballantyne AO, Spilkin AM, Crowhurst J, Hesselink J

Late onset autistic symptoms and other fluctuating behaviors.
Bussing R, Siddiqi S, Janicke DM, Harbert MJ, Trauner D, Taylor T, Stein MT

Late onset autistic symptoms and other fluctuating behaviors.
Bussing R, Siddiqi S, Janicke DM, Harbert MJ, Trauner D, Taylor T, Stein MT

Visual and verbal learning in a genetic metabolic disorder.
Spilkin AM, Ballantyne AO, Trauner DA

Developmental changes in cerebral white matter microstructure in a disorder of lysosomal storage.
Bava S, Theilmann RJ, Sach M, May SJ, Frank LR, Hesselink JR, Vu D, Trauner DA

Integrated imaging approach with MEG and DTI to detect mild traumatic brain injury in military and civilian patients.
Huang MX, Theilmann RJ, Robb A, Angeles A, Nichols S, Drake A, D'Andrea J, Levy M, Holland M, Song T, Ge S, Hwang E, Yoo K, Cui L, Baker DG, Trauner D, Coimbra R, Lee RR

Weight gain in children treated with valproate.
Sharpe C, Wolfson T, Trauner DA

Plasticity in the developing brain: intellectual, language and academic functions in children with ischaemic perinatal stroke.
Ballantyne AO, Spilkin AM, Hesselink J, Trauner DA

Effects of early focal brain injury on memory for visuospatial patterns: selective deficits of global-local processing.
Stiles J, Stern C, Appelbaum M, Nass R, Trauner D, Hesselink J

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