Integrative Pediatric Clinical Programs

Our team is well versed in the use of integrative medicine for a variety of health conditions with our pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

This includes the use of complementary and alternative medicine such as virtual reality, massage, and acupuncture in effort to reduce pain, anxiety, psychological distress and create a more positive environment for our young patients.

 

About our Providers

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Jeffrey I.Gold, PhD

Director, Children's Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation (C.O.R.E.) Program
Director, Pediatric Pain Management Clinic
Attending Physician
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Gold, a licensed clinical psychologist, is director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic within the comprehensive multidisciplinary Comfort, Pain Management and Palliative Care Program in the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine. He also is the director of the Children's Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation (C.O.R.E.) program, director of the Children's Hospital - Yo San University Pediatric Acupuncture Program, and faculty with the pediatric psychology specialization within the USC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Gold has specialized in the assessment, treatment, and clinical investigation of acute and chronic pain in children, adolescents, and adults with various chronic medical illnesses, such as sickle cell disease and chronic pain conditions. After graduating with his doctoral degree in clinical psychology (1999), Dr. Gold completed a research fellowship at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress in Boston and later a clinical post-doctoral fellowship in the Departments of Hematology/Oncology and Psychiatry at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. The following year, he served as the project director for the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Research Program of the VA San Francisco Health Care System.

From June 2000 to October 2001, Dr. Gold was the project director for the Cancer Pain Research Program of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Gold joined the USC faculty in 2002 and has been serving on Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Institutional Review Board since 2004 and was recently appointed as vice-chair of the IRB. Dr. Gold is an active clinical researcher examining:

  1. Acute and chronic pain,

  2. Integrative health interventions for pain management; as well Dr. Gold is actively engaged in the evaluation and utility of complementary and alternative medicine (i.e., virtual reality, massage, acupuncture) for reducing pain, anxiety, psychological distress and increasing comfort and satisfaction in hospitalized children,

  3. Acute and posttraumatic stress response surrounding medical trauma, and

  4. Neurocognitive outcomes in children with chronic medical illness. 

Dr. Gold is actively engaged in the evaluation and utility of complementary and alternative medicine (i.e., virtual reality, massage, acupuncture) for reducing pain, anxiety, psychological distress and increasing comfort and satisfaction in hospitalized children.