CHOC Docs :: Provider Profile

Joseph H Donnelly, MD

(949) 267-0400

Child Neurology
Neurodevelopmental Disability

Board Certified:
Pediatrics, Child Neurology

Special Interests:
Autism; ADHD and other developmental disorders

Dr. Donnelly is on staff at CHOC Children's Hospital

2500 Red Hill Avenue
Suite 100
Santa Ana, CA 92705
phone: (949) 267-0400
fax: (949) 221-0004
map & directions

Physician Bio

A dedicated expert in child neurology, Dr. Donnelly has special clinical interest in providing support to families and caring for children with autism, ADHD and other developmental disorders. He serves as director of neurodevelopment programs at CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine, and director of the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders. His responsibilities have also included directorship of the MDA Clinic and consulting for Shriner’s Hospital and numerous schools and community organizations.

With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Donnelly is board certified in pediatrics, child neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Donnelly received his medical degree at Georgetown University. He completed his residency and internship in pediatrics at the Boston City Hospital. He served his fellowship in pediatric neurology at Boston City Hospital-Boston University and Harvard University Neurology Units.

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Neurodevelopmental Program, CHOC Children's/UC Irvine
  • Director, Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, CHOC Children's/UC Irvine

Academic Appointments

  • Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
    University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine


  • Fellowship
    Fellowship in Child Neurology in Pediatrics and Harvard Neurology Unit at Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Residency
    Junior Assistant Residency in Pediatrics and Resident in Primary Care Training Program at Boston City Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Internship
    Pediatrics Internship at Boston City Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Medical School
    Georgetown University, School of Medicine, Washington D.C.

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Child Neurology

Honors and Awards

  • Physician of Excellence
    Orange County Medical Association
  • "Agent of Change"
    The Children and Families Commission of Orange County

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Child Neurology Society
  • Irish and American Pediatric Society

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UC Irvine

CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine