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Jason M. Nagata


Adolescent medicine specialist
Writer, researcher and advocate

Dr. Jason M. Nagata is an adolescent medicine specialist who cares for hospitalized adolescents and young adults with eating disorders.

Nagata's research focuses on eating disorders, particularly among boys, men and the LGBTQ+ community. He also studies health consequences of adolescent and young adult behaviors (nutrition, physical activity, screen time), with the goal of preventing diseases (cardiovascular disease, mental illness) later in adulthood.

Nagata earned a bachelor's degree in health and societies, with a focus on the biological basis of behavior, at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a master's degree in medical anthropology at the University of Oxford in England. He earned his medical degree at UCSF, completed a residency in pediatrics at Stanford University and completed a fellowship in adolescent medicine at UCSF.

Nagata is co-founder and co-chair of the Young Professionals Network of the International Association for Adolescent Health. He has published more than 100 articles in professional journals, including the Lancet, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and Pediatrics, and he is senior editor for the Journal of Eating Disorders. His research has been featured in the New York Times and the Guardian, and on NBC News. He is an editor of the medical textbook Eating Disorders in Boys and Men. He received the Emerging Leader in Adolescent Health Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Education

    UCSF, MD, 2013

  • Residencies

    Stanford Medicine, Pediatrics, 2016

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Adolescent Medicine, 2019

  • Board Certifications

    Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

    Adolescent Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Guided by the latest scientific evidence, I strive to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for young people and their families.

My work

Parents have power over tween screen time

Research led by Dr. Nagata finds that kids ages 12 to 13 use screens less if parents curb use at bedtime and mealtimes and model good tech behavior themselves.

Eating disorders among adolescent boys on the rise

Dr. Nagata lends his expertise to explain how eating disorders show up differently in young men and what that means for treating these conditions.

Cyberbullying may lead to eating disorders in adolescents

According to Dr. Nagata's research, the risk of developing an eating disorder for kids ages 10 to 14 may be linked to the experience of cyberbullying.

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