Message from the Chair

Dr. Sasidharan Ponthenkandath

The Department of Pediatrics at the UC Riverside School of Medicine was formed in January 2019. The department serves the pediatric population in the Riverside County with pediatric hospitalist services at JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio and Desert Regional Medical Center at Palm Springs. Our outpatient pediatric clinics are located in Palm Springs and at the Citrus Tower in Riverside.

Our mission is to provide compassionate, excellent medical care to newborns, infants, children and adolescents in a family centered environment. We believe in the concept of the medical home, a centralized base for caring children and their entire family and to build long-term relationships built on trust and mutual respect. Our philosophy is to practice preventative healthcare and to promote healthy life-styles for children.

Our vision is to be the healthcare provider of choice for physicians and patients - delivering the best evidence and outcome based healthcare. We strive to give each child the individual attention and treatment with care and gentleness and work with the community to improve the lives of our patients and their families.

The department is actively recruiting new faculty members in general pediatrics and various sub-specialties and plan to grow our services throughout the Inland Southern California.

We hope you will consider joining us. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Sasidharan Ponthenkandath, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Professor and Founding Chair of Pediatrics

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