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Pulmonology/Respiratory Medicine


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Childrens Hospital - Los Angeles


Childrens Hospital - Los Angeles

Board Certifications

Pediatric Pulmonology




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.


Effectiveness of long-term noninvasive ventilation measured by remote monitoring in neuromuscular disease.
Orr JE, Chen K, Vaida F, Schmickl CN, Laverty CG, Ravits J, Lesser D, Bhattacharjee R, Malhotra A, Owens RL

Non-invasive ventilation usage and adherence in children and adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: A multicenter analysis.
Hurvitz M, Sunkonkit K, Defante A, Lesser D, Skalsky A, Orr J, Chakraborty A, Amin R, Bhattacharjee R

Leveraging Electronic Health Records for Guideline-Based Asthma Documentation.
Landeo-Gutierrez J, Defante A, Cernelc-Kohan M, Akong K, Rao A, Lesser D, Duong TE, Cheng ERY, Ryu J, Tantisira K

Reducing Mask-Related Pressure Injuries in Pediatric Patients During Noninvasive Ventilation by Targeting Patient Mask Leak: A Quality Improvement Initiative.
Lauderbaugh DL, Popien TL, Lesser DJ, Bhattacharjee R, Pfrommer Puleo C

Management and outcome of extreme pediatric obstructive sleep apnea.
Mills TG, Bhattacharjee R, Nation J, Ewing E, Lesser DJ

Determinants of usage and nonadherence to noninvasive ventilation in children and adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Hurvitz MS, Bhattacharjee R, Lesser DJ, Skalsky AJ, Orr JE

Clinical implications of pulmonary nodules detected in children.
Barber A, Passarelli P, Dworsky ZD, Gatcliffe C, Ryu J, Lesser DJ

Findings of routine nocturnal polysomnography in children with Down syndrome: a retrospective cohort study.
Hurvitz MS, Lesser DJ, Dever G, Celso J, Bhattacharjee R

Multidisciplinary clinic for care of children with complex obstructive sleep apnea.
DeVries JK, Nation JJ, Nardone ZB, Lance SH, Stauffer JA, Abichaker GM, Bhattacharjee R, Lesser DJ

Sleep disordered breathing in children with trisomy 13 and trisomy 18.
Kettler EB, Bhattacharjee R, Lesser D, Nation J

Noninvasive Ventilation Device-Related Pressure Injury in a Children's Hospital.
Lauderbaugh DL, Bhattacharjee R, Proudfoot J, Ortega EV, Pratt LA, Popien TL, Lesser DJ

Abnormalities in autonomic function in obese boys at-risk for insulin resistance and obstructive sleep apnea.
Oliveira FMS, Tran WH, Lesser DJ, Bhatia R, Keens TG, Mittelman SD, Davidson Ward SL, Khoo MCK

Diffuse panbronchiolitis: A progressive fatal lung disease that is curable with azithromycin, but only if diagnosed!
Weinberger M, Lesser D

Pneumothoraces in collagen VI-related dystrophy: a case series and recommendations for management.
Fraser KL, Wong S, Foley AR, Chhibber S, Bönnemann CG, Lesser DJ, Grosmann C, Rutkowski A

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

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

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

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

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