John Takayama, M.P.H., M.D.


Dr. John Takayama is a pediatrician who provides primary care at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He is particularly interested in health promotion, patient-physician communication, child advocacy and community collaboration, and the care of children with special health care needs.

Takayama earned a medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He also earned a master's degree in public health and completed a fellowship in clinical research at the University of Washington. Takayama established the Department of Interdisciplinary Medicine at the National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo, Japan, from 2002 to 2007. He is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at UCSF.


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2330 Post St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0374
Patients of Pediatrics at Mount Zion:
(415) 885-7478
Patients of Primary Care at Laurel Village: (415) 514-6200
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Patients of Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic: (415) 353-2002

Pediatrics at Mount Zion
2330 Post St., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94143-1660
Phone: (415) 885-7478

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New York University School of Medicine 1985


Yale-New Haven Hospital, Pediatrics 1989
University of Washington Medical Center, Preventive Medicine 1992


University of Washington Medical Center, Pediatrics 1992

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Beck AL, Takayama J, Badiner N, Halpern-Felsher B. Latino Parents' Beliefs about Television Viewing by Infants and Toddlers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015; 26(2):463-74.
  2. Beck AL, Takayama JI, Halpern-Felsher B, Badiner N, Barker JC. Understanding how Latino parents choose beverages to serve to infants and toddlers. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Aug; 18(6):1308-15.
  3. Anzo M, Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Waist circumference centiles by age and sex for Japanese children based on the 1978-1981 cross-sectional national survey data. Ann Hum Biol. 2015 Jan; 42(1):56-61.
  4. Matsuo N, Ishii T, Takayama JI, Miwa M, Hasegawa T. Reference standard of penile size and prevalence of buried penis in Japanese newborn male infants. Endocr J. 2014; 61(9):849-53.
  5. Horikawa YT, Udaka TY, Crow JK, Takayama JI, Stein MT. Anxiety associated with asthma exacerbations and overuse of medication: the role of cultural competency. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2014 Feb-Mar; 35(2):154-7.
  6. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Trends in thin body stature among Japanese male adolescents, 2003-2012. Ann Hum Biol. 2014 May-Jun; 41(3):277-81.
  7. Nomura O, Hashimoto N, Ishiguro A, Miyasaka M, Nosaka S, Oana S, Sakai H, Takayama JI. Comparison of patients with Kawasaki disease with retropharyngeal edema and patients with retropharyngeal abscess. Eur J Pediatr. 2014 Mar; 173(3):381-6.
  8. Fukuda S, Ito S, Oana S, Sakai H, Kato H, Abe J, Ito R, Saitoh A, Takayama JI. Late development of coronary artery abnormalities could be associated with persistence of non-fever symptoms in Kawasaki disease. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2013; 11(1):28.
  9. Mishina H, Hilton JF, Takayama JI. Trends and variations in infant mortality among 47 prefectures in Japan. J Eval Clin Pract. 2013 Oct; 19(5):849-54.
  10. Mishina H, Takayama JI, Aizawa S, Tsuchida N, Sugama S. Maternal childrearing anxiety reflects childrearing burden and quality of life. Pediatr Int. 2012 Aug; 54(4):504-9.
  11. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. BMI z-score is the optimal measure of annual adiposity change in elementary school children. Ann Hum Biol. 2011 Nov; 38(6):747-51.
  12. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Tracking of BMI in Japanese children from 6 to 18 years of age: Reference values for annual BMI incremental change and proposal for size of increment indicative of risk for obesity. Ann Hum Biol. 2011 Mar; 38(2):146-9.
  13. Takayama JI, Matsuo N. The enigma of spontaneous preterm birth. N Engl J Med. 2010 May 27; 362(21):2032-3; author reply 2033-4.
  14. Mishina H, Takayama JI. Screening for maternal depression in primary care pediatrics. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2009 Dec; 21(6):789-93.
  15. Mishina H, Hayashino Y, Takayama JI, Kasahara M, Fukuhara S. Can pediatricians accurately identify maternal depression at well-child visits? Pediatr Int. 2010 Apr; 52(2):284-9.
  16. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Official Japanese reports significantly underestimate prevalence of overweight in school children: Inappropriate definition of standard weight and calculation of excess weight. Ann Hum Biol. 2009 Mar-Apr; 36(2):139-45.
  17. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Prevalence and trends of underweight and BMI distribution changes in Japanese teenagers based on the 2001 National Survey data. Ann Hum Biol. 2007 May-Jun; 34(3):354-61.
  18. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Anzo M, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Age-dependent percentile for waist circumference for Japanese children based on the 1992-1994 cross-sectional national survey data. Eur J Pediatr. 2007 Jul; 166(7):655-61.
  19. Chamberlain LJ, Sanders LM, Takayama JI. Advocacy by any other name would smell as sweet. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006 Apr; 160(4):453.
  20. Chamberlain LJ, Sanders LM, Takayama JI. Child advocacy training: curriculum outcomes and resident satisfaction. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Sep; 159(9):842-7.

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