Lindia Willies-Jacobo, MD, FAAP

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Lindia Willies-Jacobo is also a physician in our Division of General Academic Pediatrics.

Dr. Willies-Jacobo received her M.D. degree from the UCSD School of Medicine in 1992, and completed her Pediatrics residency training at UCSD in 1996, joining the faculty shortly thereafter. Since joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Dr. Willies-Jacobo has been an active contributor to medical education, and has served as the Director of the Pediatrics Core Clerkship over the past five years.

As the Director of the Program in Medical Education Health Equity (PRIME-HEq), Dr. Willies-Jacobo’s mission is to produce culturally and linguistically competent physicians trained to address the needs of underserved communities. Her research focus is in cultural competence in the practice of medicine, with an emphasis on understanding the impact that health beliefs and practices have on the clinical encounter.

With over two decades of experience as a leader, physician, and scholar at UC San Diego, Dr. Willies-Jacobo has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, and is a member of the Academy of Clinician Scholars. She is very involved in mentoring students and residents at various levels of training, and serves on numerous School of Medicine committees, including the Recruitment and Admissions Committee, the Core Curriculum Committee, and the Faculty Equity Committee.

Dr. Willies-Jacobo is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the Academic Pediatric Association, and the Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Student Affairs (GSA).

"I've always been interested in helping people in need. As a pediatrician, I truly value the opportunity to follow children from infancy to adolescence, and to practice medicine in a way that affects them positively."

Dr. Willies-Jacobo's professional interests include medical education, crosscultural issues in the practice of pediatrics, and the treatment of children with asthma. Her hobbies range from reading and running, to parenting her own children.