UC-LEND Clinic



We are a team of diverse disciplines (primary care, social work, psychology, neurology, and public health) who work with families and individuals with ADHD, autism, and other neurodevelopmental developmental disabilities.

Our mission is to not only link families and individuals to resources, but to also offer support in managing the many resources available, tackling current issues, and planning for a successful future. 

Our clinic provides care coordination, education advocacy, and family support.

Care Coordination

We help families get connected with
the right services for them

Family Support

We help families get connected with
the right services for them

Education Advocacy

We help families get connected with
the right services for them


Caring for Patients with Intellectual Disabilities

The goal of this video is to improve communication between healthcare professionals and adults with intellectual disabilities by ensuring participation in medical decisions and access to supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship / conservatorship.

--featuring our very own LEND Program Director, Dr. Alice Kuo--

1245 16th St, Suite 204
Santa Monica, CA 90404

LEND Clinic occurs on Wednesday mornings. Call us to make an appointment!

(310) 315-8900

LEND Care Team

Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, MBA

UC-LEND Program Director
Primary Care | Internist & Pediatrician

Bobby Verdugo, LCSW

UC-LEND Clinical Director
Dept of Medicine-Pediatrics Social Work Faculty

Priyanka Fernandes, MD, MPH

UC-LEND Program Public Health Faculty

Rujuta Bhatt Wilson, MD

UC-LEND Neurology Trainee Director

Kary Calderon

UC-LEND Program Coordinator

Vanessa Clark, LCSW

UC-LEND Program Social Worker

Kashia Rosenau

UC-LEND Graduate & Psychology Doctoral Student



We allow for each visit to take up to an hour. Our team is committed to providing the guidance and support you and your loved ones need. One way to do that is to ensure there is enough time to discuss your concerns and allow time to plan next steps.

Other than yourself, you are encouraged to bring any supporting documents so that our team can best understand your or your loved one’s concern.

This includes things like previous IEPs, assessments (from school, regional center, psychologist, etc), grade reports, etc.

With your permission, we will photocopy documents and attach to the medical record.

No, we do not conduct formal assessments for autism, ADHD, etc. However, if needed, we can refer you to individuals who may do so for you.

The UC-LEND Clinic is able to offer its services because we have a team of health professionals who are able to bring different perspectives from various areas of discipline (medicine, pediatrics, social work, psychology, education, public health).  

In addition, as part of the UCLA Health System, UC-LEND clinic is also a teaching clinic.  You can expect a medical student, resident, or LEND trainee to be present as well.

You may contact our UC-LEND Clinical Director, Bobby Verdugo at bverdugo@mednet.ucla.edu

You may also contact our UC-LEND program coordinator, Kary Calderon at kmcalderon@mednet.ucla.edu

If you are interested, please contact our UC-LEND program coordinator, Kary Calderon at kmcalderon@mednet.ucla.edu 

Kary will contact you with ongoing research being conducted at LEND and UCLA Center for Autism Research & Treatment (UCLA CART) and answer any preliminary questions you may have.

Primary Care Clinics Affiliated with UC-LEND

Beverly Hills
UCLA Health

8641 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 210

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(310) 855-7002

Mon-Fri // 8 am – 5 pm

Nathan Samras, MD, MPH

Mridula Watt, MD

Pauline Yi, MD

UCLA Health

2623 W. Alameda Ave,

Ste 322

Burbank, CA 91505

(818) 843-9020

Mon-Fri // 8 am – 5 pm

Jonas Aharoni, MD
Mustafa Albustani, MD

Downtown LA
UCLA Health

1400 S Grand Ave, Ste 605

Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 896-0010

Mon-Fri // 8 am – 5pm

Daniel Kozman, MD, MPH

Pauline Yi, MD

UCLA Health

15503 Ventura Blvd, Suite 340

Encino, CA 91436

(818) 461-8148

Mon-Fri // 8 am – 5 pm

Ahmad Jabaiah, MD

Redondo Beach
UCLA Health

1514 North Prospect Ave, Suite 103

Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 937-8555

Mon-Fri // 8 am – 5 pm

Alice Kuo, MD, PhD

Ronald Tsao, MD

Lindsay Wells, MD

UC Riverside SEARCH Family Center

1365 Sproul Hall

Riverside, CA 92521

(951) 827-1012

Mon-Fri // 8 am – 5 pm

Jan Blacher, PhD
SEARCH Director


UC Riverside LEND Clinic

3390 University Ave, Ste 100

Riverside, CA 92501

(884) 827, 8000

Thursdays of the month

Santa Clarita
UCLA Health

27235 Tourney Rd, Ste 2500

Santa Clarita, CA 91355

(661) 253-5851

Mon-Fri // 8 am – 5 pm

Lisa Kransdorf, MD, MPH

Gifty-Maria Ntim, MD, MPH

Colin Robinson, MD, MPH


Sural Shah, MD, MPH

Hijab Zubairi, MD, MPH

Santa Monica
UCLA Health

1245 16th Street, Suite 125

Santa Monica, CA 90404

(310) 315-8900

Mon-Fri // 8 am – 5 pm

Emery Chang, MD

Eric Curcio, MD

Alice Kuo, MD, PhD

Janet Ma, MD

Nathan Samras, MD, MPH


Ronald Tsao, MD

Mridula Watt, MD

Amy Weimer, MD

Stacey Weinstein, MD