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Lashonda Y. Spencer, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Co Director, Mca For Infectious Diseases and Virology
Director of Education, Infectious Diseases Program
HRA 300 1640 Marengo Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 226 5068


Dr. Spencer is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Associate Clinic Director of MCA Clinic, and Director of Education for the Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at LAC+USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Spencer provides primary HIV care to pediatric/adolescent and adult patients, including pregnant women, at the MCA program. Her areas of research interest are HIV and prevention of Maternal to Child transmission, HIV disease in Women and Adolescents. Her current research projects include Antiretroviral Concentrations in Breast Milk in HIV infected Postpartum Women; Comparison of immune response in Blood and Breast Milk in HIV infected women; as well as several International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group sponsored studies. Dr. Spencer’s committee responsibilities include the CDC Legacy –Adolescent Committee and the MCA Continuous Quality Improvement Committee.


Spencer LY, Christiansen S, Wang CH, Mack WJ, Young M, Strickler HD, Anastos K, Minkoff H, Cohen M, Geenblatt RM, Karim R, Operskalski E, Frederick T, Homans JD, Landay A, Kovacs A. Systemic Immune Activation and HIV Shedding in the Female Genital Tract. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Feb 1; 71(2):155-62. View in: PubMed

Homans J, Christensen S, Stiller T, Wang CH, Mack W, Anastos K, Minkoff H, Young M, Greenblatt R, Cohen M, Strickler H, Karim R, Spencer LY, Operskalski E, Frederick T, Kovacs A. Permissive and protective factors associated with presence, level, and longitudinal pattern of cervicovaginal HIV shedding. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 May 1; 60(1):99-110. View in: PubMed

Operskalski EA, Mack WJ, Strickler HD, French AL, Augenbraun M, Tien PC, Villacres MC, Spencer LY, Degiacomo M, Kovacs A. Factors associated with hepatitis C viremia in a large cohort of HIV-infected and -uninfected women. J Clin Virol. 2008 Apr; 41(4):255-63. View in: PubMed

Byington CL, Spencer LY, Johnson TA, Pavia AT, Allen D, Mason EO, Kaplan S, Carroll KC, Daly JA, Christenson JC, Samore MH. An epidemiological investigation of a sustained high rate of pediatric parapneumonic empyema: risk factors and microbiological associations. Clin Infect Dis. 2002 Feb 15; 34(4):434-40. View in: PubMed

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