James Phalen, MD

University Family Health Center - Southwest
Pediatric Clinic
2121 SW. 36th Street
San Antonio, TX 78237
Medical Center Pavilion
Pediatric Clinic
4647 Medical Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229


  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics/Developmental
  • Uniformed Services Univ of The Health Sciences, Medical School
  • Keesler Medical Center
  • The Children's Hospital


  • 2018 Uie Award First Quarter. Connect National Research Survey Company. 100% of parents “would recommend” this clinic. The best in all University Health System Specialty clinics.
  • 2010-2016 Excellent score of 95-99 on Annual Air Force Fitness Test, JBSA-Lackland, TX
  • 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 Perfect score of 100 on Annual Air Force Fitness Test, JBSA-Lackland, TX
  • 2008 Louis and Vivian Vance Award for Outstanding Contributions to Pediatric Programs at Easter Seals Early Childhood Intervention, San Antonio, TX
  • 2007 Air Force “MF” Special Experience Identifier. Recognizes “Excellence in Clinical or Academic Teaching”
  • 2004 Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, recognized for helping apprehend thief at Honolulu hotel 2002 Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX
  • 1999-2002 American Medical Association’s Presidential Recognition Award
  • 2000 Major Dave Berry Award (Academic Excellence and Career Potential) Nominee 1999 Air Force Achievement Medal (1st oak leaf cluster), Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS 1996 Air Force Achievement Medal, USUHS, Bethesda, MD
  • 1992 Air Force Commendation Medal, Torrejón AB, Madrid, Spain
  • 1990-91 Squadron Junior Officer of the Quarter (twice), Torrejón AB, Madrid, Spain
  1. Goday PS, Huh SY, Silverman A, Lukens CT, Dodrill Pm, Cohen SS, Delaney AL, Feuling MB, Noel RJ, Gisel E, Kenzer A, Kessler DB, de Camargo OK, Browne J, Phalen JA. Pediatric feeding disorder: a consensus definition and conceptual framework. J Ped Gastroenterology Nutrition. In press.
  2. 2015 Phalen JA, Toomey KA, Noel RJ. L2E: We Need Empirically Derived Classification & Treatment Algorithms. Pediatrics April 29, 2015. In response to Kerzer B, et al. State-of-the-Art Review Article: A Practical Approach to Classifying and Managing Feeding Difficulties. Pediatrics 2015;135(2):344-353.
  3. 2013 Phalen JA. Managing feeding problems and feeding disorders. Peds in Review 2013;34:549- 557. DOI: 10.1542/pir.34-12-549.
  4. 2013 Riera DC, Phalen JA. Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome in a Patient with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2013;43(1)244-246. DOI 10.1007/s10803-012-1548-2.
  5. 2012 Schaaf CP, Boone PM, Sampath S, Williams C, Bader PI, Mueller JM, Shchelochkov OA, Brown CW, Crawford HP, Phalen JA, Tartaglia NR, Evans P, Campbell WM, Chun-Hui Tsai A, Parsley L, Grayson SW, Scheuerle A, Luzzi CD, Thomas SK, Eng PA, Kang SH, Patel A, Stankiewicz P, Cheung SW. Phenotypic spectrum and genotype-phenotype correlations of NRXN1 exon deletions. European J Human Genet. Epub ahead of print, 23 May 2012. PubMed ID 22617343.
  • 2005-2014 Volunteered one week each summer as “Top Doc” at Developmental Disabilities Reality Course, Children’s Association for Maximum Potential, Center Point, TX; > 150 campers with special needs, 10 residents, and 15 allied health staff each year
  • 2005-2013 Medical Director for nine Child Development Centers and Youth Centers at military locations throughout San Antonio, serving over 900 children with special needs
  • 2005-2007 Participant in three week-long Military Medical Humanitarian missions to Honduras serving the needs of over 900 children in remote areas inaccessible by motor vehicle
  • 2008-2010 Team Captain and web page designer, Wild Hawgs Cycling Club of San Antonio 2009 MS: Ride to the River. Team Captain. 175-mile bicycle ride from San Antonio to New
  • Braunfels, TX. Rose over $1200 to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • 2008 MS: Bike to the Beach. Participant. 160-mile bicycle ride from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, TX. Rose over $1200 to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • 2007 Bike to the Beach MS 150. Participant. 150-mile bicycle ride from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, TX. Rose over $750 for charity supporting people with multiple sclerosis.
  • 2006-2007 Military liaison to autism Impact Coalition Group of San Antonio. First-ever cooperative between educators, therapists, and pediatricians to improved services for children with autism spectrum disorder. Benefitted 960 children
  • 2005-2006 Chair, Medical Library Committee; oversaw staff of 6 civilians; annual budget over $220,000
  • 2005 Designed Team Lackland Annual Awards commemorative coin; 500 distributed; lauded by Gen Hertog
  • 1996 Designed class ring for 1996 graduating class from USUHS F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine

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