Core Leadership

Alice A. Kuo, MD, PhD, M.Ed, MBA Program Director
UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

Dr. Alice Kuo is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding UCLA School of Public Health. She is also Chief of Medicine-Pediatrics at UCLA. Her research interests include access to and delivery of developmental services, cognitive and language development in young minority children, and services for children and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Since 2014, she has been the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)-funded Health Care Transitions Research Network (HCT-RN) for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In addition to her research, Dr. Kuo has been involved in educational programs at several levels, from undergraduate students to post-graduate fellows. Since 2006, she has been the Director of the MCHB-funded Pathways for Students into Health Professions for disadvantaged undergraduate students interested in public health and health professional careers. At the post-graduate level, Dr. Kuo is the Director of the UCLA Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, which she founded in 2003. In 2016, she became the Director of the University of California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (UC-LEND) program. At the national level, she has been the chair of the Health Care Transition Committee for the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association since 2012.

Dr. Kuo has held several leadership positions at the national, state, and local levels in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has chaired workgroups in the American College of Physicians and the Society for General Internal Medicine.

Clinically, Dr. Kuo sees primary care patients at the Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Care Center in Santa Monica and at the Medicine-Pediatrics practice in Redondo Beach. Dr. Kuo received a BA in Biology from Harvard University, her MD from UCLA, her PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on Early Childhood and Special Education from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, and her MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.

Eric J. Curcio, MD Associate Program Director
UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

After spending the first 25 years on the east coast, Eric has found himself unable to leave the west and has remained on faculty after completing residency at UCLA. His clinical interests are broad and include general pediatrics and adult internal medicine, adolescent medicine, care of children with complex medical conditions, and men’s health. As an associate program director of the combined internal medicine and pediatrics training program he is also greatly involved in teaching medicine both in the classroom as well as in the office. In his free time, he enjoys travel, sports (NY giants, LA Kings, NJ devils,) hiking, and local tourism.

Amy K Weimer Associate Program Director
UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

Dr. Weimer grew up in Seattle, where she developed her first love of science and water. She then attended Brown University in Rhode Island where she majored in neuroscience and played water polo. She returned to the west coast to spend two years in neuroscience research at Stanford University, before attending medical school at UC San Diego. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, followed by a year as chief resident in Internal Medicine. She spent 8 years practicing primary care in internal medicine and pediatrics with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, before joining with UCLA to increase her involvement with teaching. In her free time, Dr. Weimer enjoys reading, and being active outdoors, especially when her children are involved.

Colin L. Robinson, MD, MPHAssistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

Dr. Colin Robinson is a board-certified pediatrician and internist. He has a passion for primary care in patients ranging from children with developmental delays or complex needs to elderly adults, and everything in between. He has a particular interest in serving patients from vulnerable and underserved populations. Dr. Robinson completed his undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with honors. He received his medical degree and Master of Public Health at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he graduated with research honors. He trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA and served as Chief Resident in Medicine. Beyond clinical medicine, he is also dedicated to medical education, patient advocacy, and health policy. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Robinson spent two years performing NIH-funded research in Peru. He maintains an active interest in serving the Spanish-speaking community.

Who We Are

Our faculty are dedicated to teaching and supporting our residents' goals and objectives, in addition to fostering innovative discussion and captivating ideas. Their enthusiasm in their role as mentors shines, helping our residents stay motivated and ensuring they have a significant fund of knowledge to practice medicine independently.

Med-Peds at UCLA

Our Med-Peds faculty has grown throughout the years with diverse faculty members under the leaderhip of Dr. Alice Kuo. We have had many success stories with our residents graduating from our residency program.

News & Spotlight

Tr-Valley Aging Network Conference

October 20, 2017

Stephanie Young and Gifty Ntim were featured panel members at the Tri-Valley Aging Network conference in Santa Clarita. They delivered a formal presentation on depression and suicidality in older adults to an audience largely comprised of senior health agency professionals, volunteers, and community members.

Given the significant public health problem that suicide in older adults presents, the need for preventive care was emphasized. As such, their talk focused on the role of the primary care team in assessing depression, which is a significant risk factor for suicidal thoughts and actions, and taught the public about ways in which concerned individuals can initiate a conversation about suicide in order to link them into professional help.


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