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About Carolyn M. Sawyer, MD

Carolyn Sawyer, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Developmental-behavioral pediatricians work with families to evaluate, treat, and coordinate care for children with developmental delays, behavioral issues, learning difficulties or mental health concerns.

She also has expertise in evaluation of children born preterm or infants who are at risk for developmental differences and required care in the neonatal intensive care unit. Dr. Sawyer believes that preventive care is paramount to setting children up for a healthy life and establishing good lifelong habits.

She finds it rewarding to work with children and their families to better understand and support child development. And she enjoys collaborating with care providers across disciplines to best support the needs of the child and family.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, she trains medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Sawyer's research interests include neurodevelopmental outcomes of children born preterm. Her work has appeared in medical and research publications, including Clinical Pediatrics.

Dr. Sawyer completed a fellowship in developmental-behavioral pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where she also earned her medical degree. She did her residency in pediatrics at Duke University in Durham, N.C., where she received a resident teaching award. She is board certified in pediatrics.

She is a member of the Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Sawyer is conversant in Spanish.

In her free time, she enjoys playing board games and outdoor activities, including gardening and hiking, with family and friends.

UC San Diego Health Links
For more information, see Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.

Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted

Medical Degree

  • UC San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Residency

  • Duke University, School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Fellowship

  • UC San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Gender

  • Female

Date Joined Staff

  • 2020-07-01

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics

Conditions and Treatments

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Developmental Delays
  • Learning Disorders
  • Infants and Young Children at Risk for Neurologic Problems or Developmental Delays
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted