Michelle Dern, M.D.

Michelle Dern, M.D., F.A.A.P., grew up in San Diego and attended UCSD for undergraduate education. She completed medical school at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She returned to San Diego for pediatric residency at UCSD and was chief resident. She was a faculty physician at UCSD for nine years before joining El Camino Pediatrics in 2006.

Her special interest is international adoption health care. She is available for pre-adoption consultations and post-adoption comprehensive evaluations.

Dr. Dern lives in Scripps Ranch with her husband Steve, who is an artist.  They have two daughters, Katie and Jenna.   Katie is following in her mother’s footsteps and is a UCSD medical school.  Jenna is also studying at UCSD as an undergrad.   In her spare time, Dr. Dern enjoys participating in activities with her family, including youth sports, vegan cooking, theater, and golf.


  • Treasurer AAP Chapter 3 (San Diego)
  • AAP Chapter 3 Infectious Disease Committee
  • Section of Adoption and Foster Care for National American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Procedures/Specialties: Circumcision, International Adoption

Curriculum Vitae (PDF Format)