Tomás Magaña

Assistant Professor Medical Director MD

Programs and Courses Taught

Master of Physician Assistant

PA 602 (Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine lectures)
PA 617 (Interpersonal & Professional Communication - guest lecturer)

About Me

Dr. Magaña is a board-certified pediatrician with expertise in the care of vulnerable children and adolescents, including those impacted by the juvenile justice and foster care systems, immigration and community violence. He is a Lead Physician in the Department of School-Based Health Centers at La Clínica de La Raza, Inc. where he serves the complex medical needs of diverse youth from Alameda County. He is also Assistant Professor/Medical Director in the Masters Physician Assistant Department at Samuel Merritt University and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Previously, Dr. Magaña was a member of 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 attending physician at the Youth Uprising School-Based Health Center in East Oakland, CA.

Dr. Magaña is a leading expert in the design and implementation of health workforce pipeline programs for youth and young adults. As a Principal Investigator at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, CA, Dr. Magaña serves as Founding Director of the award-winning FACES for the Future Coalition, a collaborative of national programs designed to prepare disadvantaged youth for entry into college and careers in the health professions. Additionally, he is Director of the SF BUILD APP (Aspiring Physicians Program) at San Francisco State University. SF BUILDAPP is a program of the UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence. Dr. Magaña's work with youth has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, NBC Bay Area News, the San Francisco Chronicle and in People Magazine.

Dr. Magaña is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Commissioner of First 5 Alameda County, and has served on a number of regional and national advisory boards focusing on pediatric health issues, healthcare workforce development and cultural competency in medicine. 


Dr. Magaña received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, his Masters degree in Endocrinology from U.C. Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Teaching Interests

Adolescent and Pediatric Medicine
Cultural Competency in Healthcare Practice
Patient-Centered Care

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics

Community Service

First 5 Alameda County
UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence
Safe Passages
Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba