Dr. Weigensberg holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine, and is the Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. He has a major interest in mind-body medicine and was certified in Interactive Guided ImagerySM through the Academy for Guided Imagery, Mill Valley, CA in 1999. Dr. Weigensberg received his medical school training at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed his pediatric residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship training at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University in Chicago. He was formerly on faculty at the University of Illinois School of Medicine.

Dr. Weigensberg’s major research interest is in the interaction of psychological and physiological factors in the expression of metabolic disease in children and adolescents, particularly the role played by the body’s stress-response system in diabetes and metabolic disease risk. He is an integral clinical investigator in the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center, where he has served as Clinical Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) and Co-Investigator (Co-I) for multiple lifestyle interventions and other metabolic studies involving diabetes and chronic disease risk in overweight children and adolescents. He is Principle Investigator for the “Imagine Health” study, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which developed and pilot-tested an innovative lifestyle intervention using guided imagery for Latino adolescents. He is current director of the USC Institute for Integrative Health.  



Jeffrey I. Gold, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. Gold, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, is director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic within the comprehensive multidisciplinary Pain Management and Palliative Care Program in the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Gold is also the director of the Children’s Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation (C.O.R.E.) program, director of the CHLA – 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 CHLA. 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.  Dr. Gold joined the USC faculty in 2002 and has been serving on CHLA's Institutional Review Board, the Committee on Clinical Investigations, since 2004.

Dr. Gold is a NIH-funded clinical researcher examining 1) the neurobiological basis of virtual reality pain attenuation, 2) neuropsychological dysfunction and neuroimaging abnormalities in neurologically intact patients with sickle cell disease, 3) acute stress reactions in children following physical trauma (i.e., motor vehicle accidents), and 4) preoperative anxiety and distress in children. 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.

Katherine Edwards

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