Dr. Agran is a pediatrician (pediatric gastroenterologist) who has practiced in the Orange Country community for over 30 years. She is Board Certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (American Board of Pediatrics). She participates in the Maintenance of Certification Program. Dr. Agran is a member of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, (NASPGHN). She is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Agran is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) and an active member of the National American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She served as the President of the local Orange County Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, CA4, AAP (2009-2011). She has been an advocate for public health policies aimed at reducing trauma and injury to children. She served on the national American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention, participating in the development and writing of policies. She was chair of the educational arm, the Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention, and now serves on the Violence Prevention Subcommittee with a long standing interest in bullying.
Dr. Agran began her pediatric gastroenterology practice and conducted research in the field of injury epidemiology and prevention at UCI, School of Medicine. She received many research grants from the National Center for Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control; the National Institute of Medicine, Child Health and Human Development; the US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and, the State of California, Office of Traffic Safety. Her research studies have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics and Accident Analysis and Prevention. Dr. Agran has long been personally and professionally committed to translating research findings into evidence-based guidelines and interventions for preventing injuries. Since 2001, she has been Medical Director of the Injury and Violence Prevention Program of the Orange County Chapter of the AAP. Representing the National American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Agran served on the Federal Safe Routes to School Task Force and the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Committee on School Transportation. She is the State AAP representative on the California School Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee.
Additional service has been on the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (CDC) grant review committee. She is also a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and a past president. Dr. Agran is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals including Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Injury Prevention.
Dr. Agran received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, her Masters Degree in Biology from Boston University, her Masters of Public Health Degree from Harvard University and her Medical Degree from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Following Medical School, she completed her residency training in General Pediatrics and her subspecialty training in Pediatric Gastroenterology at UCI.
Dr. Agran has drawn upon her experience to become a leading advocate for policies and programs — locally, statewide and nationally — to prevent pediatric injuries and promote better health and safety outcomes for children. Dr. Agran and her husband Larry Agran were instrumental in establishing the first mandatory child passenger safety law in California.
Dr. Agran's latest project is the Clinic in the Park: Promoting Health and Wellness at the Orange County Great Park, (second Sunday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm).
Dr. Agran moved with her husband Larry Agran and then toddler, Kenneth Agran to Irvine when she started medical school in 1973. She has remained in the Irvine community for 35 years. Her husband, a public interest attorney, has been in the public life for 25 years, serving as the Mayor of Irvine and City Council Member, as well as the first Chair of the Orange County Great Park Corporation. Her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren also live in Irvine.
In 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Dr. Agran was selected as a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association.