Stephanie K Zia, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics (Clinician Educator)

Assistant Dean for Career Advising

Director of Medical Student Coaching

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Dr. Zia’s major areas of research interest are medical education and transitional care of the young adult with special heath care needs from pediatrics to adult providers. She prepared samples and conducted experiments to aid in developing a vaccine for cytomegalovirus (CMV) for use in immunosuppressed patients, and coordinated the beginning phases of clinical trials.

Dr. Zia earned her medical degree from Keck School of Medicine. She then performed her internship and residency at LAC+USC Medical Center in the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Program, where she served as chief resident.


  • Division of Geriatric, Hospital, Palliative and General Internal Medicine- Department of Medicine: Resident/Student Teaching Award, 2013
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC: Outstanding Teaching in Professionalism and the Practice of Medicine Award, 2013
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC: Master Teacher Distinction, 2013
  • Alpha Omega Alpha: Elected Member, 2012
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC: Year IV Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC: Year III Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC: Faculty Award for Outstanding Teacher in Year III, 2009
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC: Resident Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 2007, 2007
  • National Med/Peds Residents’ Association: Howard Schubiner Award, 2006
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC: Associated Students of the School of Medicine Service Award, 2003
  • Salerni Collegium: Salerni Collegium Past Presidents’ Scholarship, 2003
  • Arnold P. Gold Society: Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, 2003
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC: George M. Herron Memorial Award, 2003


  • Mental Health Disparities among Pre-Clinical Medical Students at Saint Louis University during the COVID-19 Pandemic Behav Sci (Basel). 2024 Jan 26; 14(2). . View in PubMed
  • Medical student anxiety and depression in the COVID-19 Era: Unique needs of underrepresented students Educ Health (Abingdon). 2022 May-Aug; 35(2):41-47. . View in PubMed
  • Student Voices on Leadership Training Needs to Care for Underserved Populations PRiMER. 2021; 5:37. . View in PubMed
  • Using a personality inventory to identify risk of distress and burnout among early stage medical students Educ Health (Abingdon). 2017 Jan-Apr; 30(1):26-30. . View in PubMed
  • Delayed Bleeding in a Toddler Pediatr Ann. 2016 Jan; 45(1):e10-2. . View in PubMed
  • Images in emergency medicineAbdominal pain in an adolescent female. Bilateral parovarian cysts with left ovarian torsion and right cyst hemorrhage. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Aug; 66(2):212-7. . View in PubMed
  • Teaching as a competency: practical suggestions Acad Med. 2012 May; 87(5):551. . View in PubMed
  • Visual diagnosis: vaginal mass in a 16-month-old child Pediatr Rev. 2010 Aug; 31(8):337-40. . View in PubMed