Dr. Joseph H. Donnelly, Pediatric 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 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.

Clinical Interests


Research Focus

ADHD and other developmental disorders


2500 Red Hill Ave, Suite 100
Santa Ana, CA 92705
phone: 949-267-0400
fax: 949-221-0004

Academic Appointments

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

Administrative Appointments

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


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

Honors and Awards

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

Professional Organizations

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

Special Interests

Autism; ADHD and other developmental disorders

  • Joseph H Donnelly MD
    • Appointments:
    • Specialties: Child Neurology, Neurodevelopmental Disability
    • Board Certified: Pediatrics, Child Neurology
    • On Staff at: CHOC Children's Hospital