Faculty Profile

Tomás A. Magaña
Assistant Professor/Medical Director
Master Physician Assistant

Tomás A. Magaña, MD, MA, FAAP is Assistant Professor/Medical Director in the Masters Physician Assistant Department at Samuel Merritt University.  Dr. Magaña is a board-certified pediatrician with expertise in the care of at-risk children and adolescents. He currently practices at La Clínica de la Raza, Inc. and is a member of the medical staff at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.  Previously, he was an Attending Physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, where he served as Medical Director of Alameda County’s Juvenile Justice Center and worked at the Youth Uprising School-Based Health Center in East Oakland, CA.

Dr. Magaña is also a Principal Investigator at the Public Health Institute (PHI) in Oakland, CA, where he is Founding Director of the FACES for the Future Coalition, a collaborative of nationwide programs designed to prepare youth for entry into college and careers in the health professions.  Dr. Magaña co-founded and directed the original FACES program at Children’s Hospital in Oakland for 13 years, before moving operations of the program to PHI.  Additionally, he is Founding Director of the FACES Summer Medical Academy, a program partnership between SMU and the FACES Coalition at PHI.  He is actively leading the efforts to disseminate and replicate the successful FACES model throughout the nation.

Dr. Magaña is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has served on a number of county, state and national advisory boards focusing on pediatric health issues, healthcare workforce development and cultural competency in medicine.  He is a Commissioner of First 5 Alameda County and also serves on the Boards of  the Seva Foundation, Safe Passages, and MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba). A native of East Los Angeles, Dr. Magaña, who is the first in his family to attend college, has dedicated much of his life to serving underserved communities. He has a passion for programs that foster leadership, wellness and professional development for youth. Dr. Magaña’s work with youth has been featured in People Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.


Dr. Magaña received a B.S. from Cornell University, a M.A. in Endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.  Subsequently, he completed his pediatric internship and residency at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Cultural Competency in Healthcare Practice

Pediatrics (PA 622)

Lecturer, Interpersonal and Professional Communication (PA 617)

IPE Health Disparities




American Academy of Pediatrics

American Public Health Association

Physician Assistant Education Association

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

The Gold-Headed Cane Society, Inc., University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine



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