UC San Diego Pediatrics Associates

Medical Group / IPA

UC San Diego Health

Medical School

University of Alberta School of Medicine


Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Board Certifications

Adolescent Medicine, Pediatrics




Maya Kumar, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent medicine physician who specializes in treating young people ages 10 to 26. She is part of a UC San Diego Health program that gives teens and their families the option of continuing with their pediatrician or transferring to a doctor that specializes in teenagers' unique physical, social and emotional conditions.

Dr. Kumar has a special interest in adolescent sexual health and gynecologic care (including contraception and menstrual problems), and the importance of a trauma-informed and developmentally-appropriate approach to these sensitive issues. She offers insertion of long-acting, reversible contraceptive devices to adolescents and young adults, including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal implants (Nexplanon), for pregnancy prevention and reducing menstrual flow.

She also has experience caring for children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with underweight, overweight, and eating disorders. In addition to providing outpatient consultation around these issues, she cares for hospitalized eating disorder patients with severe medical complications at Rady Children's Hospital.

Dr. Kumar also has an interest in caring for adolescents with anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and school-related or social challenges.

At UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Kumar serves as the adolescent medicine medical education liaison and the adolescent medicine rotation site coordinator for the Pediatric Residency Program and the medical students. She is also active in training medical students and residents in the care of adolescents using a biopsychosocial approach. She was awarded the 2017 UCSD Whitehill Prize for excellence in clinical teaching.

Dr. Kumar is active in her scholarly work; she has published guidelines on adolescent nutritional disorders and numerous other articles related to adolescent health issues including eating disorders, substance abuse, and reproductive health. She has presented her work at international conferences and has won several research awards. She is also a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Kumar is frequently invited to speak to physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other health providers about unique health issues faced by adolescents and young adults. She has created educational videos and has taught webinars for general pediatricians about adolescent vaccines. In 2018, she was named Doctor of the Quarter by the San Diego chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Kumar was an attending physician at the Pediatric Emergency Department at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

She completed fellowships in adolescent medicine at University of Toronto and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kumar earned her medical degree from the University of Alberta Medical School in Edmonton, Canada and is board certified in general pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), and a member of several professional societies, including the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine.

When she is not at work, Dr. Kumar is an active member of the San Diego County Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, volunteering her time for community-based initiatives promoting pediatric and adolescent health. She founded the Adolescent Health Committee on San Diego's chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received a Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2017 for her enthusiastic advocacy work and community service.


MiDRM<i>pol</i>: A High-Throughput Multiplexed Amplicon Sequencing Workflow to Quantify HIV-1 Drug Resistance Mutations against Protease, Reverse Transcriptase, and Integrase Inhibitors.
Aralaguppe SG, Ambikan AT, Ashokkumar M, Kumar MM, Hanna LE, Amogne W, Sönnerborg A, Neogi U

RNA-seq reveals outcome-specific gene expression of MMP7 and PCK1 in biliary atresia.
Ramachandran P, Balamurali D, Peter JJ, Kumar MM, Safwan M, Vij M, Rela M, Mahalingam S

Knowledge and Perception of Farmers Regarding Pesticide Usage in a Rural Farming Village, Southern India.
Satya Sai MV, Revati GD, Ramya R, Swaroop AM, Maheswari E, Kumar MM

Synthesis, Screening and Docking Analysis of Hispolon Pyrazoles and Isoxazoles as Potential Antitubercular Agents.
Balaji NV, HariBabu B, Rao VU, Subbaraju GV, Nagasree KP, Kumar MMK

Spectrum of complications in chronic kidney disease patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis: An experience of a tertiary care center in Nepal.
Bartaula B, Subedi M, Kumar MM, Shrestha M, Bichha N, Mudbhari B

Acute Pyelonephritis: A Single-center Experience.
Umesha L, Shivaprasad SM, Rajiv EN, Kumar MMS, Leelavathy V, Sreedhara CG, Niranjan MR

A Brief Provider Training Video Improves Comfort With Recommending the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine.
Kumar MM, Boies EG, Sawyer MH, Kennedy M, Williams C, Rhee KE

Severe iodine deficiency from dietary restriction and subsequent iodine excess from seaweed snack overuse in an adolescent with disordered eating.
Kumar MM

Oestrogen Receptor-α binds the FOXP3 promoter and modulates regulatory T-cell function in human cervical cancer.
Adurthi S, Kumar MM, Vinodkumar HS, Mukherjee G, Krishnamurthy H, Acharya KK, Bafna UD, Uma DK, Abhishekh B, Krishna S, Parchure A, Alka M, Jayshree RS

Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives for Adolescents: More Complex Than "First-Line".
Kumar MM

Draft genome sequence of <i>Sclerospora graminicola</i>, the pearl millet downy mildew pathogen.
Nayaka SC, Shetty HS, Satyavathi CT, Yadav RS, Kishor PBK, Nagaraju M, Anoop TA, Kumar MM, Kuriakose B, Chakravartty N, Katta AVSKM, Lachagari VBR, Singh OV, Sahu PP, Puranik S, Kaushal P, Srivastava RK

Cigarette smoke induces mitochondrial metabolic reprogramming in lung cells.
Solanki HS, Babu N, Jain AP, Bhat MY, Puttamallesh VN, Advani J, Raja R, Mangalaparthi KK, Kumar MM, Prasad TSK, Mathur PP, Sidransky D, Gowda H, Chatterjee A

Drug targets in dormant Mycobacterium tuberculosis: can the conquest against tuberculosis become a reality?
Gupta VK, Kumar MM, Singh D, Bisht D, Sharma S

Angular Versus Curved Shapes: Correspondences and Emotional Processing.
Blazhenkova O, Kumar MM

Apophysomyces variabilis: draft genome sequence and comparison of predictive virulence determinants with other medically important Mucorales.
Prakash H, Rudramurthy SM, Gandham PS, Ghosh AK, Kumar MM, Badapanda C, Chakrabarti A

Immune system aberrations in postpartum psychosis: An immunophenotyping study from a tertiary care neuropsychiatric hospital in India.
Kumar MM, Venkataswamy MM, Sathyanarayanan G, Thippeswamy H, Chandra PS, Mani RS

Content Validation of Total Knee Replacement Rehabilitation Protocol in Indian Population.
Aseer PAL, Maiya GA, Kumar MM, Vijayaraghavan PV

Corrigendum: A dual specificity kinase, DYRK1A, as a potential therapeutic target for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
Radhakrishnan A, Nanjappa V, Raja R, Sathe G, Puttamallesh VN, Jain AP, Pinto SM, Balaji SA, Chavan S, Sahasrabuddhe NA, Mathur PP, Kumar MM, Prasad TSK, Santosh V, Sukumar G, Califano JA, Rangarajan A, Sidransky D, Pandey A, Gowda H, Chatterjee A

Rituximab: A Magic Bullet for Pemphigus.
Anandan V, Jameela WA, Sowmiya R, Kumar MMS, Lavanya P

Plants in our combating strategies against Mycobacterium tuberculosis: progress made and obstacles met.
Gupta VK, Kumar MM, Bisht D, Kaushik A

Corrigendum to "Synthesis and preliminary pharmacological evaluation of N-2-(4-(4-(2-substitutedthiazol-4-yl) piperazin-1-yl)-2-oxoethyl)acetamides as novel atypical antipsychotic agents" [Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 18 (2008) 6054-6057].
Sekhar KVGC, Rao VS, Devambatla RKV, Kumar MMK

Outcomes of an inpatient refeeding protocol in youth with anorexia nervosa: Rady Children's Hospital San Diego/University of California, San Diego.
Maginot TR, Kumar MM, Shiels J, Kaye W, Rhee KE

LncRNA as a Therapeutic Target for Angiogenesis.
Kumar MM, Goyal R

A dual specificity kinase, DYRK1A, as a potential therapeutic target for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
Radhakrishnan A, Nanjappa V, Raja R, Sathe G, Puttamallesh VN, Jain AP, Pinto SM, Balaji SA, Chavan S, Sahasrabuddhe NA, Mathur PP, Kumar MM, Prasad TS, Santosh V, Sukumar G, Califano JA, Rangarajan A, Sidransky D, Pandey A, Gowda H, Chatterjee A

Role of LTA4H Polymorphism in Tuberculosis-Associated Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome Occurrence and Clinical Severity in Patients Infected with HIV.
Narendran G, Kavitha D, Karunaianantham R, Gil-Santana L, Almeida-Junior JL, Reddy SD, Kumar MM, Hemalatha H, Jayanthi NN, Ravichandran N, Krishnaraja R, Prabhakar A, Manoharan T, Nithyananthan L, Arjunan G, Natrajan M, Swaminathan S, Andrade BB

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