David Inwards-Breland,MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM

David Inwards-Breland, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM 


Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Fellowship: Adolescent Medicine

UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Master of Public Health

UC Davis School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine

UC San Diego
Bachelor of Science in Biology

Research Interests

Access to gender-affirming medical care, transgender and non-binary youth, marginalized youth.

Clinical Interests

Adolescent reproductive health, gender-affirming care, LGBTQA+ health care and health equity.


Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Board Certification

American Board of Pediatrics: General and Adolescent Medicine


  • Tordoff DM, Wanta JW, Collin A, Stepney C, Inwards-Breland DJ, Ahrens K. Mental Health Outcomes in Transgender and Nonbinary Youths Receiving Gender Affirming Care. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Feb 1;5(2):e220978. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.0978. Erratum in: JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jul 1;5(7):e2229031. PMID: 35212746; PMCID: PMC8881768.
  • Inwards-Breland DJ, Karrington B, Sequeira GM. Access to Care for Transgender and Nonbinary Youth: Ponder This, Innumerable Barriers Exist. JAMA Pediatr. 2021 Nov 1;175(11):1112-1114. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.2068. PMID: 34279557.
  • Kidd KM, Sequeira GM, Douglas C, Paglisotti T, Inwards-Breland DJ, Miller E, Coulter RWS. Prevalence of Gender-Diverse Youth in an Urban School District. Pediatrics. 2021 Jun;147(6):e2020049823. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-049823. Epub 2021 May 18. PMID: 34006616; PMCID: PMC8168604.
  • Gersh E, Richardson LP, Coker TR, Inwards-Breland DJ, McCarty CA. Same, opposite and both-sex attracted adolescents' mental health, safe-sex practices and substance use. J Gay Lesbian Ment Health. 2022;26(2):196-211. doi: 10.1080/19359705.2021.1967826. Epub 2021 Sep 1. PMID: 36249124; PMCID: PMC9555790.
  • Boynton-Jarrett R, Raj A, Inwards-Breland DJ. Structural integrity: Recognizing, measuring, and addressing systemic racism and its health impacts. EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Jun 3;36:100921. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2021.100921. PMID: 34142070; PMCID: PMC8188325.
  • Dubin S, Lane M, Morrison S, Radix A, Belkind U, Vercler C, Inwards-Breland D. Medically assisted gender affirmation: when children and parents disagree. J Med Ethics. 2020 May;46(5):295-299. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105567. Epub 2019 Dec 31. Erratum in: J Med Ethics. 2022 Sep;48(9):e1. PMID: 31892617.
  • Covelli I, Ahrens K, Onchiri FM, Inwards-Breland D, Boos MD. Influence of gender and sexual identity on adolescent skin health. Pediatr Dermatol. 2021 Nov;38 Suppl 2:65-72. doi: 10.1111/pde.14686. Epub 2021 Jul 16. PMID: 34272896.
  • Kerman HM, Pham A, Crouch JM, Albertson K, Salehi P, Inwards-Breland DJ, Ahrens KR. Gender Diverse Youth on Fertility and Future Family: A Qualitative Analysis. J Adolesc Health. 2021 Jun;68(6):1112-1120. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.01.002. Epub 2021 Mar 10. PMID: 33712381. 
  • Pham A, Kasenic A, Hayden L, Inwards-Breland DJ, Sumerwell C, Twible H, Ahrens KR, Orlich F. A Case Series on Disordered Eating Among Transgender Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Adolesc Health. 2021 Jun;68(6):1215-1219. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.12.143. Epub 2021 Mar 9. PMID: 33707147. 
  • Inwards-Breland DJ, Johns NE, Raj A. Sexual Violence Associated With Sexual Identity and Gender Among California Adults Reporting Their Experiences as Adolescents and Young Adults. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jan 4;5(1):e2144266. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.44266. PMID: 35050356; PMCID: PMC8777565.
  • Pham A, Morgan AR, Kerman H, Albertson K, Crouch JM, Inwards-Breland DJ, Ahrens KR, Salehi P. How Are Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth Affected by the News? A Qualitative Study. J Adolesc Health. 2020 Apr;66(4):478-483. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.11.304. Epub 2020 Jan 18. PMID: 31964610.

Honors and Awards

  • 1989 Barron McCall Scholarship
  • 1992 National Medical Association Merit Scholarship
  • 1995 Mackenzie Scholarship
  • 2012 Nomination – Family Choice Award, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • 2012 Nomination – Odessa Brown Ken Feldman Award for Distinguished Service in Promoting Diversity
  • Seattle Children's Hospital 2014 – 2019 Top Doctors and Nurses
  • Seattle Met Magazine 2016 Winner – Odessa Brown Ken Feldman Award for Distinguished Service in Promoting Diversity, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • 2017 Community Leader of the Year, Greater Seattle Business Association
  • 2017 Outstanding Voice, Puget Sound Business Journal
  • 2019 Top Doctors, Seattle Magazine
  • 2019 Honors, Director, Board of Directors
  • Seattle Counseling Service 2022 UC Davis School of Medicine Transformational Leadership Alumni Award
  • Odessa Brown/Ken Feldman Award for distinguished service in promoting diversity.
  • Seattle Top Doctor Community Leader of the Year Award - Greater Seattle Business Association
  • Transformational Leadership Award - University of California Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association