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Roxanne S. Almas


Developmental-behavioral pediatrician
Writer, gardener and parent

About me

Pronouns: She | Her | Hers

Dr. Roxanne S. Almas is a pediatrician who cares for infants and children with developmental issues, with the goal of helping her patients reach their full potential. She specializes in developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning difficulties and the effects of trauma on the developing brain. Her approach to patient care involves focusing on the whole person and their strengths, partnering with the family, and recognizing how trauma may affect the response to receiving care. She is proficient in Spanish, fluent in French, and experienced in supporting families of diverse backgrounds.

Almas' interest in public health began while working abroad at the Pasteur Institute, World Health Organization, and hospitals and clinics in the West Indies and South Asia. During her fellowship, she studied caregiver attitudes toward clinical trials for children with neurodevelopmental conditions. Her interests include the social determinants of health and their impact on the developing brain. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she also worked to promote the well-being of her colleagues, serving as co-chair of the physician wellness committee of the Santa Clara County Medical Association.

Almas earned her medical degree at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics at UMass Chan Medical School and a fellowship in developmental behavioral pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She also has a master of science degree in public health from Tulane University.

Almas is a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Women's Association. She has published articles on physician well-being, grief and the end of life in

  • Education

    UC Davis, MD, 2008

  • Residencies

    University of Massachusetts, Pediatrics, 2011

  • Fellowships

    Brown University, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, 2014

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

I am passionate about bringing humanity back into medicine and celebrating diversity in all areas of my life.

Where I see patients (2)

    Fetal surgery firsts

    The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.