John Takayama, MD, MPH


Dr. John Takayama is a pediatrician who provides primary care. He is particularly interested in caring for children with special medical needs, as well as in health promotion, patient-physician communication, child advocacy and community collaboration.

Takayama earned his medical degree at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and completed a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital. He also earned a master of public health degree and completed a fellowship in clinical research at the University of Washington. He established the interdisciplinary medicine department at the National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo.

Dr. Takayama is accepting new patients.


Pediatrics at Mount Zion
2330 Post St., Suite 320
(Suite 260 for Acute Care)
San Francisco, CA 94143-1660
Phone: (415) 885-7478
Fax: (415) 885-3790

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NYU Grossman School of Medicine, MD 1985


Yale New Haven Hospital, Pediatrics 1989


University of Washington, Clinical Research 1992

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Okumura MJ, Knauer HA, Calvin KE, Takayama JI. Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs: Profiling Pediatricians and Their Health Care Resources. Matern Child Health J. 2018 Mar 01.
  2. Moriyama H, Fuchimukai T, Kondo N, Takayama JI. Obesity in elementary school children after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Pediatr Int. 2018 Mar; 60(3):282-286.
  3. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. WHO 2006 Child Growth Standards overestimate short stature and underestimate overweight in Japanese children. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Jan 26; 31(1):33-38.
  4. Beck AL, Hoeft KS, Takayama JI, Barker JC. Beliefs and practices regarding solid food introduction among Latino parents in Northern California. Appetite. 2018 Jan 01; 120:381-387.
  5. Okumura MJ, Knauer HA, Calvin KE, Takayama JI. Pediatricians' Comfort Level in Caring for Children With Special Health Care Needs. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Aug; 17(6):678-686.
  6. Horikawa YT, Udaka TY, Crow JK, Takayama JI, Stein MT. Anxiety Associated with Asthma Exacerbations and Overuse of Medication: The Role of Cultural Competency. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 Feb/Mar; 38 Suppl 1:S56-S59.
  7. Beck AL, Takayama J, Badiner N, Halpern-Felsher B. Latino Parents' Beliefs about Television Viewing by Infants and Toddlers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015 May; 26(2):463-74.
  8. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Trends in thin body stature among Japanese female adolescents, 2003-2012. Ann Hum Biol. 2015; 42(6):533-7.
  9. Beck AL, Takayama JI, Halpern-Felsher B, Badiner N, Barker JC. Understanding how Latino parents choose beverages to serve to infants and toddlers. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Aug; 18(6):1308-15.
  10. Anzo M, Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Waist circumference centiles by age and sex for Japanese children based on the 1978-1981 cross-sectional national survey data. Ann Hum Biol. 2015 Jan; 42(1):56-61.
  11. Matsuo N, Ishii T, Takayama JI, Miwa M, Hasegawa T. Reference standard of penile size and prevalence of buried penis in Japanese newborn male infants. Endocr J. 2014; 61(9):849-53.
  12. Horikawa YT, Udaka TY, Crow JK, Takayama JI, Stein MT. Anxiety associated with asthma exacerbations and overuse of medication: the role of cultural competency. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2014 Feb-Mar; 35(2):154-7.
  13. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Trends in thin body stature among Japanese male adolescents, 2003-2012. Ann Hum Biol. 2014 May-Jun; 41(3):277-81.
  14. Nomura O, Hashimoto N, Ishiguro A, Miyasaka M, Nosaka S, Oana S, Sakai H, Takayama JI. Comparison of patients with Kawasaki disease with retropharyngeal edema and patients with retropharyngeal abscess. Eur J Pediatr. 2014 Mar; 173(3):381-6.
  15. Fukuda S, Ito S, Oana S, Sakai H, Kato H, Abe J, Ito R, Saitoh A, Takayama JI. Late development of coronary artery abnormalities could be associated with persistence of non-fever symptoms in Kawasaki disease. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2013 Jul 31; 11(1):28.
  16. Mishina H, Hilton JF, Takayama JI. Trends and variations in infant mortality among 47 prefectures in Japan. J Eval Clin Pract. 2013 Oct; 19(5):849-54.
  17. Mishina H, Takayama JI, Aizawa S, Tsuchida N, Sugama S. Maternal childrearing anxiety reflects childrearing burden and quality of life. Pediatr Int. 2012 Aug; 54(4):504-9.
  18. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. BMI z-score is the optimal measure of annual adiposity change in elementary school children. Ann Hum Biol. 2011 Nov; 38(6):747-51.
  19. Inokuchi M, Matsuo N, Takayama JI, Hasegawa T. Tracking of BMI in Japanese children from 6 to 18 years of age: Reference values for annual BMI incremental change and proposal for size of increment indicative of risk for obesity. Ann Hum Biol. 2011 Mar; 38(2):146-9.
  20. Takayama JI, Matsuo N. The enigma of spontaneous preterm birth. N Engl J Med. 2010 May 27; 362(21):2032-3; author reply 2033-4.

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