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Jeffrey Scott Upperman, M.D.

National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters Board Member

Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD, FAAP, FACS, CHLA Director of Trauma is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California and an Attending Pediatric Surgeon and Associate Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).  As Director of the Trauma Program at CHLA since 2007, Dr. Upperman oversees an American College of Surgeons Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. CHLA has nearly 62,000 emergency room visits and among these visits, 8,000 are injured children.  About 800 children are admitted annually to the trauma service.

In recognition of his esteemed reputation in pediatric trauma and disaster preparedness.  Dr. Upperman has been invited to speak at a variety of distinguished venues, from hospital lectures to testimony before the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Commission on Children and Disasters in Washington, D.C. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous national and regional conferences on pediatric trauma and preparing for disaster.

Photograph of Jeffrey Scott Upperman, M.D. Director, Trauma Program Associate Professor of Surgery Division of Pediatric Surgery Children's Hospital Los Angeles Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California
Dr. Upperman was selected to present at the national Public Health Emergency Preparedness web conference for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Upperman graduated from Stanford University in 1987. While at Stanford, he was one of twelve students who received the Dean’s Service Awards for exceptional contributions to the University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a master’s degree in Sociology.  He earned his medical degree and completed his surgical residency at New Jersey Medical School.  He completed his clinical training in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and was recruited to join the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2001. During his Pittsburgh tenure, he was Interim Director of the Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program.


Dr. Upperman is an active and accomplished academic surgeon who has published over 110 peer-reviewed publications, 158 abstracts, and 15 book chapters.  His research interests include sepsis, inflammation, trauma, and disaster preparedness.   Dr. Upperman’s research support has included funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Department of Health Human Services.

In continued service of the medical community, Dr. Upperman has maintained positions of leadership and involvement in many national medical associations.  Dr. Upperman is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Upperman has served on the executive boards of the Association for Academic Surgery, Society of University Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association and Pediatric Trauma Society. He currently serves as an active member of American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma and Treasurer, for Society of Black Academic Surgeons.   He has served as a permanent member of the Pediatrics study section in the Eunice Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development. Dr. Upperman is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps. He served his country as Chief of Surgery during operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in 2004.

National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD)

  • This page last reviewed: September 23, 2014