, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine


Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of California Davis


Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland


Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland


University of California-San Francisco

Board Certifications

Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Pediatrics




Dr. David Inwards-Breland is Division Chief is chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and co-director of the Center for Gender Affirming Care at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. He is also a clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Inwards-Breland's research interests include adolescent male health, depression, transgender youth and disenfranchised youth. He currently sits on the American Board of Pediatrics, sub-board on adolescent medicine.

A Southern California native, Dr. Inwards-Breland attended UC San Diego for his undergraduate degree, majoring in biology. He then earned his Master of Public Health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and went on to receive his medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine. Subsequently, he completed his pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, East Bay, California.

After completing his National Health Service Corps obligation in Albany, Ga., he returned to California and worked as an attending physician at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, East Bay, primarily seeing patients in the teen clinic. After six years of working as a general pediatrician, he pursued a fellowship at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco in adolescent medicine.

Dr. Inwards-Breland was the clinical director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and later founded and served as the medical director of the Seattle Children's Gender Clinic. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Top Doctors, the Award for Distinguished Service in Promoting Diversity at Seattle Children's Hospital and the Community Leader of the Year from the Greater Seattle Business Association.

Along with practicing medicine, Dr. Inwards-Breland enjoys art, spending time with his husband and daughter, and riding his Peloton!


Starting on a Healthy Path: Promotion of Young Men's Sexual Health
Park, J., Breland,D

Investing in Adolescence:Building a Strong Foundation for Male Health
Jane Park,MPH and David Breland,MD,MPH,FAAP

Alcohol and Cigarette Use Among Adolescent and Young Adult Males
M. Jane Park,MPH and David Breland,MD,MPH,FAAP

Depression: Focus on the Adolescent Male
David J. Breland, MD, MPH, FAAP, and M. Jane Park, MPH

Human papillomavirus concordance in heterosexual couples
Widdice LE, Breland DJ, Jonte J, Farhat S, Ma Y, Leonard AC, Moscicki AB

Concordance and transmission of human papillomavirus within heterosexual couples observed over short intervals
Widdice L, Ma Y, Jonte J, Farhat S, Breland D, Shiboski S, Moscicki AB

Adolescent and young adult male health: a review
Bell DL, Breland DJ, Ott MA

Determinants of Mental Health Service Use Among Depressed Adolescents
David J. Breland, MD, MPH,Carolyn A. McCarty, PhD,Chuan Zhou, PhD,Elizabeth McCauley, PhD,Carol Rockhill, MD,Wayne Katon, MD,and Laura P. Richardson, MD

Exploring depression and problematic internet use among college females
Megan A. Moreno,Lauren A. Jelenchick,David J Breland

Youth and Caregiver Perspectives on Barriers to Gender-Affirming Health Care for Transgender Youth
Gridley SJ, Crouch JM, Evans Y, Eng W, Antoon E, Lyapustina M, Schimmel-Bristow A, Woodward J, Dundon K, Schaff R, McCarty C, Ahrens K, Breland DJ

Barriers to Independently Accessing Care Among Detention Youth
Wadiya Udell, Selina Mohammed, David Breland

Understanding Online Resource Use by Transgender Youth and Caregivers: A Qualitative Study
Evans YN,Gridley SJ, Crouch J, Wang A, Moreno MA, Ahrens K, Breland DJ

Youth and caregiver experiences of gender identity transition: A qualitative study
Schimmel-Bristow, Allison Haley, Samantha G. Crouch, Julia M. Evans, Yolanda N. Ahrens, Kym R. McCarty, Carolyn A. Inwards-Breland, David J

Review of Current Care Models for Transgender Youth and Application to the Development of a Multidisciplinary Clinic - The Seattle Children's Hospital Experience
Salehi P, Divall SA, Crouch JM, Hopkinson RA, Kroon L, Lawrence J, Wilfond BS, Inwards-Breland DJ

Experiences With Querying Gender Identity Across Seven Adolescent Medicine Sites
Guss CE, Inwards-Breland DJ, Ozer E, Vance SR Jr

Altered Mental Status and Anorexia Nervosa in the Setting of Cultural Diversity
Jasmin Zavala,Raina Voss,Rashad Hardaway,Laura Hooper,Ian Kodish1,Taraneh Shafii1,David Inwards-Breland

Effectiveness of the Adolescent Medicine Rotation in Improving Pediatric Residents Self-Assessed Skill and Confidence Caring for Youth
Ruedinger E, Carlin K, Inwards-Breland D, McCarty CA

Youth and Parent Experiences in a Multidisciplinary Gender Clinic
Inwards-Breland DJ, DiVall S, Salehi P, Crouch JM, Negaard M, Lu A, Kantor A, Albertson K, Ahrens KR

Dermatologic care of sexual and gender minority/LGBTQIA youth, Part I: An update for the dermatologist on providing inclusive care
Boos MD, Yeung H, Inwards-Breland D

Using body neutrality to inform eating disorder management in a gender diverse world
Perry, MF, Watson, L, Hayden, L, Inwards-Breland, DJ

How Are Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth Affected by the News? A Qualitative Study
Pham, A., Morgan, A., Kerman, H., Albertson, K., Crouch, J., Inwards-Breland, D., Ahrens, K.A., Salehi, P.

Medically assisted gender affirmation: when children and parents disagree
Lane M, Dubin, SN, Morrison, SD, Vercler, CJ, Inwards-Breland, DJ

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