Rush Medical College of Rush University, 2001, MD
University of Washington, 2006, MPH
University of Chicago, 1996, BA (Biological Sciences)
Dr. Mendoza's research seeks to eliminate inequities in childhood physical activity and nutrition outcomes among racial/ethnic minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations through innovative behavioral interventions and policies in schools, communities, and clinical settings. His past and current studies are funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Recent projects focus on Safe Routes to School, wearable physical activity trackers (e.g., Fitbit), food insecurity (hunger), and managing screen time/television viewing.
Dr. Mendoza is an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center in the primary care pediatric clinic, as an attending on the pediatric inpatient/consult service. In his role as a primary care pediatrician, he emphasizes primary prevention, including cancer prevention, among the diverse safety net patients served by Harborview.