Julia Nicole Magana, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Julia Nicole Magana, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Julia Nicole Magana is not currently accepting new patients. For assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Child Maltreatment



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers



Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Magaña is a pediatric emergency emergency medicine physician who cares for acute ill and injured children. She has special clinical interest in the the evaluation of children of acutely injured children. Her research and clinical expertise is evaluating and indentifying inflicted trauma. She has a passion for empowering other emergency medicien providers to care for children well. She is the host of UC Davis Emergency Medicine’s Podcast EM Pulse which uses stories to understand the science of emergency medicine.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Magana’s research focuses on identifying inflicted trauma and she has an interest in dissemination education for other physicians.


Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.A., Theology, Pacific Union College, Angwin CA 2003

Medical School

M.D., Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda CA 2007


Pediatrics, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda CA 2007-2008


Pediatrics, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda CA 2008-2010


Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego CA 2011-2014

UC Davis Diamond Doctor, 2022

Sacramento Top Doctor, 2020, 2021, 2022

Platinum eHealthcare Leadership, Category of Best Rich Media, 2018

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Certificate of Excellence, LLUCH, 2010

Alumni Association of Loma Linda University Herber Award, LLUSOM, 2007

Kothari SY, Haynes SC, Sigal I, Magana JN, Ruttan T, Kuppermann N, Horeczko T, Ludwig L, Karsteadt L, Chapman W, Pinette V, Marcin JP. Resources for Improving Pediatric Readiness and Quality of Care in Rural Communities and Emergency Departments. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2022 Mar 1;38(3):e1069-e1074. doi:10.1097/PEC.0000000000002658. PMID:35226633.

Gimelli A, Deshpande A, Magana JN, Moulin A. Cannabis in Homes with Children: A Survey on Use, Storage, and Attitudes. West J Emerg Med. 2021 Sep 2;22(5):1146-1149. doi:10.5811/westjem.2021.5.49057. PMID:34546891.

Andrada E, Danielson A, Magaña J, Tzimenatos L, Clarke S. A pirate ship sailed into the yacht club: How we built a novel pediatric emergency medicine curriculum for an emergency medicine training program. AEM Educ Train. 2021 Jul 1;5(3):e10635. doi:10.1002/aet2.10635. PMID:34471791.

Pierce MC, Kaczor K, Lorenz DJ, Bertocci G, Fingarson AK, Makoroff K, Berger RP, Bennett B, Magana J, Staley S, Ramaiah V, Fortin K, Currie M, Herman BE, Herr S, Hymel KP, Jenny C, Sheehan K, Zuckerbraun N, Hickey S, Meyers G, Leventhal JM. Validation of a Clinical Decision Rule to Predict Abuse in Young Children Based on Bruising Characteristics. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Apr 1;4(4):e215832. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.5832. PMID:33852003. 

Nuño M, Shelley CD, Ugiliweneza B, Schmidt AJ, Magaña JN. Differences in Incidence and Case Fatality of Abusive Head Trauma. Child Abuse Negl. 2020 Jun; 104:104488. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104488. Epub 2020 Apr 22. PMID:32334138. 

Fingarson AK, Pierce MC, Lorenz DJ, Kaczor K, Bennett B, Berger R, Currie M, Herr S, Hickey S, Magana J, Makoroff K, Williams M, Young A, Zuckerbraun N. Who's Watching the Children? Caregiver Features Associated with Physical Child Abuse versus Accidental Injury. J Pediatr. 2019 Sep;212:180-187.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.05.040. Epub 2019 Jun 26. PMID:31255388.

Nuño M, Ugiliweneza B, Bardini RL, Ozturk A, Stephenson JT, Magaña JN. Age-related mortality in abusive head trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Oct;87(4):827-835. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002255. PMID:30865156.

Nuño M, Ugiliweneza B, Zepeda V, Anderson JE, Coulter K, Magana JN, Drazin D, Boakye M. Long-term impact of abusive head trauma in young children. Child Abuse Negl. 2018 Nov;85:39-46. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.08.011. Epub 2018 Aug 23. PMID:30144952.

Magana JN, Kuppermann N. The PECARN TBI Rules Do Not Apply to Abusive Head Trauma. Acad Emerg Med. 2017 Mar;24(3):382-384. doi:10.1111/acem.13155. PMID:28039943.

Pierce MC, Magana JN, Kaczor K, Lorenz DJ, Meyers G, Bennett BL, Kanegaye JT. The Prevalence of Bruising Among Infants in Pediatric Emergency Departments. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Jan;67(1):1-8. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.06.021. Epub 2015 Jul 29. PMID:26233923.