Dr. Joanne Mendoza

(757) 668-8177
Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics

Pediatric Hospital Medicine


Medical School: Penn State Hershey College of Medicine

Residency: Emory University

Fellowship: Emory University


Dr. Mendoza, a hospitalist at CHKD, is originally from Zimbabwe where she first developed a passion for pediatrics and global health. 

She moved to the United States to attend Messiah University in Pennsylvania and then attended medical school at Penn State University College of Medicine. 

Dr. Mendoza completed a pediatric residency and then a pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at Emory University where she began her career. 

Dr. Mendoza then moved to the University of Virginia where she served as a pediatric hospitalist, medical director, medical student coach, and quality improvement and global health faculty leader. 

At CHKD/EVMS Dr. Mendoza will be leading QI Education, and contributing to the missions of education, clinical care, and research at CHKD.

Dr. Mendoza and her husband, also a physician, moved to CHKD because they were impressed by the dedication to all aspects of children's health and well-being, and the care of staff, faculty, and students. 

Clinical Interest(s)
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Care of the hospitalized child
  • Global Health
Awards & Honors
  • Academic Pediatric Association Advancing Pediatric Leaders Inaugural Cohort (2020-2022
  • The Arnold P. Gold Foundation - The Leonard Tow 2009 Humanism in Medicine Award 

1. Haq H, et al. Global Health Electives in the COVID-19 Era: Resuming Travel and Strengthening Global Health Academic Partnerships. International Journal of Medical Education 12/2021 PMID: 35642478 DOI: 10.5116/ijme.6272.630a

2. Haq H, et al. Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Global Health: A Fitting Niche for an Emerging Subspecialty. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 PMID: 34491222. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34491222/

3. Kaiser S, et al. Predictors of Quality Improvement in Pediatric Asthma Care. Hospital Pediatrics Brief Report December 2020 PMID: 33257318

4. Coe M, et al. Incidence of Refeeding Syndrome in Children with Failure to Thrive. Hospital Pediatrics. October 2020 PMID: 33168566

5. Kaiser S, et al. Pathways for Improving Inpatient Asthma: A Multi-center, National Study. Published: Pediatrics May 2020 PMID: 32376727

6. Penberthy K, et al. Diagnostic Dilemma: Abdominal pain and intermittent fevers in a 16-year-old girl. Pediatrics. 2019 PMID: 31375532

7. McHenry M, et al. Leveraging Economies of Scale via Collaborative Interdisciplinary Global Health Tracks (CIGHTs): Lessons from Three Programs. Academic Medicine. 2020 Jan;95(1):37-43. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002961.