Doris A. Trauner, MD
Dr. Doris A. Trauner has served as Interim Chair of the Department of Neurosciences as well as Chair of the Health Sciences Faculty Council, Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosciences, and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UCSD.
Widely recognized and respected for her academic leadership, Dr. Trauner has held a joint appointment in Neurosciences and Pediatrics since 1977. Her research emphasizes the cognitive consequences of conditions that alter brain development early in life. These include both structural and metabolic disorders affecting the developing brain. Her study subjects include children with neurodevelopmental, genetic, and metabolic disorders.
She has over 140 publications, including research articles and book chapters. Dr. Trauner also maintains an active clinical practice in pediatric neurology, specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders and epileptic behavior syndromes, including Landau Kleffner syndrome. She is board-certified in Pediatrics, in Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology, and in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She also teaches medical students and residents, and graduate and undergraduate students.
Dr. Trauner has served on numerous national and local committees, most recently the American Academy of Neurology Alliant Awards Committee, the UCSD Committee on Committees (vice chair); Search Committee, Psychiatry Chair; Department of Neurosciences Clinical Practice Committee; and the Rady Children's Hospital Medical Staff Executive Committee.
Dr. Trauner maintains an active clinical practice in pediatric neurology, specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders and epileptic behavior syndromes, including Landau Kleffner syndrome. She is board-certified in Pediatrics, in Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology, and in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She also teaches medical students and residents, and graduate and undergraduate students.
Dr. Trauner's research emphasizes the cognitive consequences of conditions that alter brain development early in life. These include both structural and metabolic disorders affecting the developing brain.
Her study subjects include children with neurodevelopmental, genetic, and metabolic disorders. These include children with early-onset stroke, autism, language impairment, and cystinosis. She has over 160 publications, including research articles and book chapters, and 2 books.
- Ballantyne AO, Spilkin AM, Trauner DA. Executive functioning in a genetic metabolic disorder: DKEFS and BRIEF performance in cystinosis Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology 26(1):14-22, 2013
- Trauner DA, Eshagh K, Ballantyne AO, Bates E. Early Language Development After Peri-natal Stroke. Brain and Language 2013, May 24 (epub ahead of print).
- Mulligan CK, Trauner DA. Incidence and behavioral correlates of epileptiform abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2013 Jul 20.
- [Epub ahead of print] Viltz L, Trauner DA. Effect of age of treatment on cognitive performance in cystinosis patients. Journal of Pediatrics 163(2):489-92, 2013.
- Ballantyne AO, Spilkin AM, Trauner DA. Executive function in nephropathic cystinosis. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Mar;26(1):14-22., 2013.
- Dlugos D, Shinnar S, Cnaan A, Hu F, Moshé S, Mizrahi E, Masur D, Sogawa Y, Le Pichon JB, Levine C, Hirtz D, Clark P, Adamson PC, Glauser T; For the Childhood Absence Epilepsy Study Team. Pretreatment EEG in childhood absence epilepsy: Associations with attention and treatment outcome. Neurology. 2013 May 29.[Epub ahead of print]
- Gold JJ, Trauner DA. Hippocampal volume loss correlates with memory impairment in children with perinatal stroke. Pediatric Neurology (in press)
- Thareja T, Ballantyne A, Trauner D. Spatial analysis after perinatal stroke: patterns of neglect and exploration in extra-personal space Brain and Cognition 2012, 79(2):107-116.
- Harbert MJ, Jett M, Appelbaum M, Nass R, Trauner D. Perinatal risk factors and later social, thought and attention problems after perinatal stroke. Stroke Research and Treatment Epubl May 2012.
- Niemiec S, Ballantyne A, Trauner D. Cognition in Nephropathic Cystinosis: Pattern of
Expression in Heterozygous Carriers. American Journal of Medical Genetics 2012 158A(8):1902-8.
- Glauser TA, Cnaan A, Shinnar S, Hirtz DG, Dlugos D, Masur D, Clark PO, Capparelli EV, Adamson PC; Childhood Absence Epilepsy Study Group. Ethosuximide, valproic acid, and lamotrigine in childhood absence epilepsy. N Engl J Med. 2010 Mar 4;362(9):790-9.
- Trauner DA, Williams J, Ballantyne AO, Spilkin AM, Crowhurst J, Hesselink J: Neurological impairments in nephropathic cystinosis: Motor coordination deficits. Pediatric Nephrology 2010, 25(10):2061-6.
- Sharpe CM, Wolfson T, Trauner DA. Weight gain in children treated with valproate. Journal of Child Neurology 24(3):338-41, 2009.
- Bava S, Theilmann RJ, Sach M, May SJ, Frank LR, Hesselink JR, Vu D, Trauner DA. Developmental changes in cerebral white matter microstructure in a disorder of lysosomal storage. Cortex 46:206-216, April 2009.
- Spilkin A, Ballantyne A, Trauner D. Visual and verbal learning in a genetic metabolic disorder. Neuropsychologia 47:1883-1992, 2009.
- Huang M, Theilmann RJ, Robb A, Angeles A, Nichols S, Drake A, Dandrea J, Levy M, Holland M, Song T, Ge S, Hwang E, Yoo K, Cui L, Baker DG, Trauner D, Coimbra R, Lee RR. Integrated imaging approach with MEG and DTI to detect mild traumatic brain injury in military and civilian patients. J Neurotrauma April 2009 (Epub ahead of print).
- Levisohn PM, Mintz M, Hunter SJ, Yang H, Jones J; N01103 Levetiracetam Study Group. Neurocognitive effects of adjunctive levetiracetam in children with partial-onset seizures: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, noninferiority trial. Epilepsia 50:2377-2389, 2009.
- Stiles J, Stern C, Appelbaum M, Naas R, Trauner D, Hesselink J. Effects of early focal brain injury on memory for visuospatial patterns: Selective deficits of global-local processing. Neuropsychology 22(1), 61-73, 2008.
- Ballantyne AO, Spilkin A, Hesselink J, Trauner DA. Plasticity in the developing brain: intellectual, language and academic functions in children with ischaemic perinatal stroke. Brain epublished ahead of print 8/12/2008; 131(Pt 11):2975-85.
- Hubbard K, Trauner DA. Intonation and Emotion in Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 36:139-173, 2007.
- Bava S, Archibald S, Trauner DA. Brain structure in prenatal stroke: A quantitative MRI analysis. J. Child Neurol 22:841-7, 2007.
- Spilkin AM, Ballantyne AO, Babchuck LR, Trauner DA. Non-verbal deficits in young children with a genetic metabolic disorder: WPPSI-III performance in cystinosis. American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics 144:444-447, 2007.
- Ballantyne AO, Spilkin AM, Trauner DA. The revision decision: Is change always good? A comparison of CELF-R and CELF-3 test scores in children with language impairment, focal brain damage, and typical development. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools 38:182-9, 2007.
- Trauner DA, Spilkin AM, Williams J, Babchuck L. Evidence for an Early Effect of the Cystinosin Gene on Neural Function: Specific Cognitive Deficits in Young Children with Cystinosis. J Pediatrics 151:192-6, 2007.
- Ballantyne A, Spilkin A, Trauner D. Language outcome after perinatal stroke: Does side matter? Child Neuropsychology 13:494-509, 2007.
Named to America's Top Doctors, annually
- Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society y Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia (distinguished alumna)
- Named to top Doctors in America (top 1%) US News and World Report
- Selected as a Top Neurologist in La Jolla by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals
- Lifetime Achievement Award, National Reye's Syndrome Association
- Women Who Mean Business Award, San Diego Business Journal
- Bruce Berg lectureship, UCSF
- Pritchard Lectureship, University of Toronto and Hospital for Sick Children
- Distinguished Alumna, College of Notre Dame of Maryland
- Invited speaker, University of Chicago, Festschrift for Peter Huttenlocher
- Invited speaker, International Cystinosis Meeting, The Netherlands
- Member, Developmental and Brain Disorders Study Section NIH
- Service Award, Cystinosis Foundation of the U.K.
- Named in Best Doctors in San Diego by San Diego Magazine
- Senior Faculty Teaching Award, UCSD Department of Neurosciences
- Special Recognition Award, San Diego Chapter of the Occupational Therapy Association of California
- Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Neurosciences, UCSD Department of Neurosciences (residents)
- Neurosciences Clinical Teaching Faculty Award, UC San Diego
- Chicago Pediatric Society Research Award, Chicago Pediatric Society
- NIH Graduate Training Fellowship
- Summer Research Fellowship, NIH-PHS