In the News

Pediatric and obstetric health leaders from Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are frequently highlighted in local and national media for providing world-class, extraordinary care to children and expectant mothers. Following is a sampling of these media appearances.

Hospital and SCH are highlighted for EMR success Silicon Valley Business Journal (account required, email for article) 11/20/15. CIO Ed Kopetsky is featured in this article to discuss the hospital’s and network’s transition to EMR and the Epic system. The recent receipt of a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award was referenced.

Here's how an iPhone helps one teen (and his mom) manage diabetes NPR’s All Tech Considered; KCBS Radio; NBC Bay Area; Inside Stanford Medicine, various online media 11/18/15. This story highlights the work of Rajiv Kumar, MD, who is using Apple's HealthKit to track the blood sugar levels of patients with Type 1 diabetes.

California hospitals pursue water conservation in midst of drought Health Leaders Media 11/18/15. The hospital’s expansion project is highlighted for the planned conservation measures implemented in landscape, design and operations. Jill Ann Sullivan, RN, vice president of hospital transformation and space planning, is quoted.

Forget everything you knew about walking Vogue 11/18/15. Jessica Rose, PhD, director of the Motion and Gait Analysis Laboratory, is quoted.

Illumina, iHART launch genomic database for autism Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News 11/18/15. Dennis Wall, PhD, is quoted.

Third child in family awaiting heart transplant Baker City Herald; Bend Bulletin; Bend Bulletin 11/17/15. The hospital is mentioned in this article about a patient family with multiple children facing critical heart issues.

In caring for sickest infants, doctors tap parents for tough calls Washington Post; Scope; Journal News; various NPR outlets nationally 11/16/15. This story profiles the experience of a patient family and their time in the NICU. William Benitz, MD, is featured as well as comment from Jane Zimmerman, LCSW, along with a mention of Kate Teague, RN.

Palo Alto officials brace for story in The Atlantic magazine Palo Alto Online 11/16/15. This article was created in anticipation for a national article focusing the youth suicide crisis in the Palo Alto community. Shashank Joshi, MD, and Steven Adelsheim, MD, are mentioned in both.

Also see: The Atlantic

Thinking outside the white-walled box, new Bay Area hospitals strive for integration

San Francisco Business Times 11/15/2015. The hospital’s expansion project is referenced.

New division chief of palliative care & critical care Business Wire; Reuters; various online media 11/14/15. Press release announcing the appointment of Kanwaljeet J.S. (“Sunny”) Anand, MD, in his new role as chief of palliative care and critical care medicine.

How to save a child’s life Parents 11/12/15. The hospital is mentioned.

Joe Manfrey: grateful veteran gives back hope to families battling childhood cancers SJ Mercury News; Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area News Group publications, 11/11/15. At nearly 90, Joe Manfrey, having served in three wars and post-service, has given twenty-five years as a hospital volunteer, and is featured in the Veterans Day article. Two patient families, plus Leslie Griffith, RN, and Stephanie Williams, RN, are quoted in the article.

Hires and promotions SF Gate 11/10/15. Susan Hintz, MD, is mentioned for her recent promotion to co-director of the Johnson Center.

Stereotype perception linked to psychological health in female surgeons Scope 11/10/15. Claudia Mueller, MD, PhD, study co-author, provides comment.

Hospital construction projects continue to boom FierceHealth Finance 11/9/15. The hospital’s expansion is mentioned.

Also see: Top healthcare construction projects of 2015; Building surges as demand picks up Healthcare Finance 11/9/15

Family of 1-year-old daughter undergoing life-saving heart surgery ABC 7 11/8/15. Patient family is interviewed and Frank Hanley, MD, is mentioned in this story.

Also, see follow-up stories: ABC7 viewers help family of 1-year-old girl receiving life-saving surgery ABC 7

Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia: Study Identifies Risk Profile Medscape 11/8/15. Vinod Bhutani, MD, comments

Kelly Johnson, chief nursing officer, announced Hospital & Health Networks 11/6/15

Understanding your yogurt allergy Healthline 11/6/15. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD, provides insight.

Also see: A Guide to Food Labels for People with Food Allergies

Beyond behavior: Stanford expert on recognizing and helping traumatized kids Scope; Stanford Medicine 11/05/15. This blog post highlights an article from the current issue of Stanford Medicine on childhood trauma. Victor Carrion, MD, discusses his developed approach called cue-centered treatment for childhood PTSD.

On privacy, early intervention and medical advances Palo Alto Online 11/6/15. Tandy Aye, MD is quoted in the article which speaks about transgender youth and the Stanford Children’s Health plan to open a multidisciplinary clinic to address the needs of this patient population, in the next 12 months. David Hong, MD, is also mentioned.

Family offers support for families impacted by mental illness 11/4/15 The Almanac. Steven Adelsheim, MD is pictured and referenced in a feature story about a college student who has created a website to bring resources to families impacted by mental illness.

Packard Children’s receives HIMMS Stage 7 award; EHR Intelligence; HealthcareIT 11/4/15. HIMSS Analytics has awarded the hospital with a Stage 7 Award and the network locations with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards based on achieving an advanced patient record environment. CIO Ed Kopetsky is quoted in the release.

Susan Hintz, MD, is appointed co-director of the Johnson Center CNBC; Yahoo; Reuters; SF Business Times 11/3/15. Placements earned from a press release issued to announce Dr. Hintz’s appointment. She joins the Johnson Center leadership team with Yasser El-Sayed, MD as co-director and David Stevenson, MD, director.

Keeping the youngest babies alive US News 11/2/15. Amen Ness, MD, is quoted in this article about the current capabilities of hospitals to keep more micro-preemies alive, and tips for parents on coping with the journey

It’s that time of the year, get protected from the flu! Healthier, Happy Lives 11/2/15. A blog about flu season and services available at Stanford Children’s Health network locations throughout the Bay Area. Claire Del Signore, MD, with Silicon Valley Pediatricians and South Bascom Pediatrics provides Q&A.

The Container Store launches holiday hugs program in partnership with children’s hospitals nationwide 11/2/15 InfoTech News. Packard Children’s is mentioned as a beneficiary of the holiday program.

Dogs help calm children undergoing cancer treatment 11/1/15 Packard Children’s is mentioned in this blog which points to a recent study presented to the AAP about therapy dogs improving the quality of life for cancer youth and their families.

Trick-or-Treat Trail event brings Halloween fun to hundreds of families at the hospital 10/30/15. Coverage of the event included interviews with patient families and comment from Erin Conner, MD, and Kevin Chen of the Performance Improvement team.

Community rallies behind 10-year-old crash victim Lompoc Record, Noozhawk 10/29/15. The hospital is mentioned in this story. Our trauma center and intensive care specialists are playing a major role in this case.

Stanford Medicine Green Button Project in works Stanford Daily; Health Canal 10/28/15. Thanks to advances in computation, data processing and telecommunication, one-time fuzzy treatment guidelines are about to change. The work of Christopher Longhurst, MD, is mentioned.

New guidelines for youth football released WDMT (ABC Maryland) 10/27/15. A 2009 study from Stanford Children's Health is referenced in relationship to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics which aim to improve safety in youth football.

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Wayland’s Warriors marches on with cookbook Current in Noblesville 10/27/15. Research on DIPG by Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is referenced.

Customers call foul on Blue Shield’s decision to remove Stanford Becker’s Hospital Review; SF Business Times 10/27/15. Two different articles that comment on customer reaction to Blue Shield raising costs even after removing the hospital and network from their individual and family plans next year.

Helping newborns through song Scope; Healthier, Happy Lives 10/27/15. This blog highlights a public-health research project, led by Gary Darmstadt, MD, involving a village in India that is using traditional music to spread awareness about post-natal care and to battle infant mortality.

Longwood Hospitals plan raises cost concerns Boston Globe 10/26/15. Vinod Bhutani, MD, is quoted in relationship to new, lower-cost phototherapy devices for potential use in the developing world.

Who’s hungry? You can’t tell by looking, pediatricians say Stanford Medicine News Center 10/23/15.

In a story featured in the recent Stanford School of Medicine Community Newsletter, Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, is quoted, and Janine Bruce, MPH, is mentioned.

Yvonne Maldonado, MD, answers questions about Shigella KCBS Radio 10/23/15. In light of an outbreak of the Shigella infection in Santa Clara and surrounding counties, Dr. Maldonado provided insight on the virus in this radio interview.

Families travel to Stanford for study on incurable disease 10/23/15. This story highlights a patient family that is participating in a study with Stanford’s Bone Center. Paul Grimm, MD, offers explanation on the rare disease, cystinosis.

Stanford Children's Health and Children's Health Fund unveil new state-of the-art mobile medical unit

Silicon Valley Business Journal; The Almanac 10/22. Coverage of the new mobile health unit for our Teen Health Van program.

Protein Complex Found To Control MRSA Virulence; Could Impact Pneumonia, CF Treatments Lung Disease News 10/22/15. A new study revealed that human adherens junctions — a type of protein complex — control the virulence of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA. Manuel Amieva, MD, co-senior author of the study, is quoted.

Stanford Children’s Health CMIO Longhurst named CIO at UC San Diego Health Sciences Healthcare Informatics 10/21/15. This article announces Dr. Christopher Longhurst’s new appointment to CIO of UCSD Health Sciences. The piece overviews his academic and medical career and accomplishments.

Stanford Children's Health and Children's Health Fund unveil new state-of the-art mobile medical unit NBC Bay Area (clip not available); Palo Alto Online; BusinessWire; San Jose Mercury News (and various BANG publications); Reuters; KCBS Radio 10/20/15. Media coverage of a press release and press event at East Palo Alto Academy to unveil a brand-new mobile health unit for our Teen Health Van program. Seth Ammerman, MD, and Sherri Sager, chief government and community relations officer, are quoted.

An overreaction to food allergies Scientific American 10/20/15. This piece focuses on children who are wrongly diagnosed with food allergies because of inaccurate tests. Kari Nadeau, PhD, MD, offers insight on the issue.

MLB fines equal support for philanthropic organizations 10/20/15. This article talks about how Major League Baseball fines actually go to philanthropy, such as supporting one-year-old Jackson Lane of Phoenix.

Why chronic disease harms kids; bone development – and what to do about it Scope 10/19/15. Recent research by Mary Leonard, MD, indicates that children with chronic diseases need to build as much bone density as possible before puberty.

Why is a 61-year-old man receiving heart surgery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford? Yahoo; Bloomberg; Benzinga; various national news outlets 10/19/15. This press release shares the story of an area minister whose Adult Congenital Heart Disease was treated by the collaborative ACHD team, including the Heart Center’s Katsuhide Maeda, MD; Daniel Murphy, MD; and George Lui, MD, medical director of the ACHD program.

Filtered sunlight is good cure for infant jaundice New York Times 10/19/15

Los Gatos health center more than doubles in size San Jose Mercury News 10/15/15. Media coverage of the open house event held at the newly expanded space for our Los Gatos Specialty Services Center. Gary Hartman, MD, and medical assistant Rosa Madera are quoted.

Balloon launch draws attention to childhood cancer San Jose Mercury News. Article featuring Bass Center patient from Los Gatos and how she and 50 students released golden balloons in memory of those who lost their lives from pediatric cancer, and as a symbol of hope to find a cure.

Stanford Children's Health updates list of vaccines affected by refrigerator malfunction San Jose Mercury News; Oakland Tribune 10/15/15.

Largest pediatric heart surgery program on the West Coast plans for more capacity through expansion Executive Insight 10/14/15.

Results of readers' tests of homemade 'green' cleaners 10/14/15. Alan Greene, MD, offers tips on properly disinfecting food prep areas in the home.

When children catch a cold, make them feel better safely 10/14/15. Dr. Greene, MD, also provides these suggestions to USA TODAY readers.

One boy’s vision lives on in program that connects patients to their school back home KTVU San Francisco, 10/9/15; Healthier, Happy Lives Blog 10/14/15. Local television story and corresponding blog about the hospital’s collaboration with Omar’s Dream Foundation, founded in memory of the late patient, Omar Hassan. The foundation works with Pam Simon, NP, program director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program to keep patients connected to their classrooms while they are in the hospital. Pam Simon and Gary Dahl, MD, are quoted.

Elevated blood-sugar levels in pregnancy tied to baby's heart-defect risk ScienceDaily; MedicalXpress; Stanford Medicine News Center; Fit Pregnancy 10/12/15. A recent study found that pregnant women with elevated blood-sugar levels are more likely to have babies with congenital heart defects, even if their blood sugar is below the cutoff for diabetes, according to lead study author James Priest, MD and Gary M. Shaw, DrPH.

Stanford Medicine magazine reports on why a healthy childhood matters Stanford Medical Center Report 10/8/15. The fall issue of Stanford Medicine magazine explores how childhood experiences can have lasting consequences for your health, and has many stories that feature care at Packard Children’s and Stanford Children’s Health.

Stanford Children’s Health has a new CNO San Francisco Chronicle; Silicon Valley Business Journal 10/8/15.

Stanford Children's Health announces plans for clinic for transgender youth Palo Alto Weekly 10/08/15. Pediatric endocrinologist Tandy Aye, MD, offered insight around the plan to create a dedicated multidisciplinary clinic in the next 8-12 mos., in order to offer services to children with gender dysphoria.

California students in grades 7-12 to take sexual education classes, unless excused by their parents KQED Forum 10/7/15. Our Heart to Heart program is mentioned in this Forum conversation about new legislation passed in California. Julie Metzger, RN, founder of Great Conversations, the group that leads our Heart to Heart program, was a guest on the program.

A doctor weighs in on how safe cannabis is for children Women's Health 10/7/15. Seth Ammerman, MD, offers medical insight around recent news that an 8-year-old girl in Mexico was prescribed medical marijuana to treat her epilepsy-related seizures.

Teens and DUI: Many Factors Increase Risk MedPage Today 10/5/15. Seth Ammerman, MD, comments on recent study findings.

Bad refrigerator means 1,551 kids need re-vaccination San Jose Mercury News; most Bay Area News Group publications; KRON 4; ABC 7 ; KPIX 5; NBC 11; KGO Radio 10/2-10/5

News of a need to revaccinate 1,551 children due to a temperature malfunction in a refrigerator which stored vaccines at our Peninsula Pediatrics San Mateo office. Andrew Smith, MD, and hospital spokesperson Robert Dicks provide comment.

How to hold a stranger's baby New York Times Magazine 10/3/15. Two experienced volunteers from the Cuddler Program offered their tips on how to hold and soothe a baby, as they’ve done for nearly 20 years at Packard.

LPCH noted for spending on community benefits programs Mountain View Voice 10/2/15. An article discussing El Camino Hospital’s board evaluating whether they are spending enough on community benefit programs. The article compares their spending to other Bay Area hospitals and points out that LPCH annually spends four times the amount ECH spends on community programs.

Mom organizes 5k to raise awareness for her son’s condition Gilroy Dispatch 10/2/15. The hospital is mentioned in this patient story, as having cared for the patient after birth to diagnose a rare disorder, Diffuse Cutaneous Mastocytosis.

Healthcare Value Network (HVN) Members Share New Quarterly Results PRWeb 10/1/15. The hospital, an HVN member, is cited as an example of success in implementing the lean management system, based on recent quarterly reporting of results on the power of lean principles to drive improvement in care quality and value.

Juvvadi Pediatrics in Mountain View joins the network Yahoo; Reuters; Bloomberg; CNBC 10/1/15.

A press release announcing the latest practice to join the SCH network. Christopher G. Dawes and Anita Juvvadi, MD, are quoted.

Missing out on “normal”: Advice from an expert on how to help kids with serious illnesses  Scope 10/01/15. This piece discusses a patient who was diagnosed with idiopathic arthritis at the age of 11 and includes advice from Barbara Sourkes, PhD, on how to help kids with serious illnesses manage the way their condition affects their everyday lives. 

App based on hospital’s pediatric obesity program to be offered to employers MedCity News 10/1/15.

This article mentions the hospital’s pediatric obesity program, part of our Center for Heathy Weight, as the model for the Kurbo app, which helps guide children and teens make smart food choices.

Board of Directors announce Jennifer M. Johnson as newest board member Yahoo; Bloomberg; CNBC 10/1/15. A press release announcing the Board’s latest appointment.

Air pollution causes epigenetic changes that may trigger asthma Discover Magazine September 2015. A feature story on the work of Kari Nadeau, PhD, MD, focused on asthma patients in the Fresno/Madera region.

Teenage Eating Disorders: how to spot if your child suffers from bulimia nervosa Tech Times, 9/28/15. James Lock, MD, PhD, is featured.

Kids with autism can learn to safely interact San Jose Mercury News; several Bay Area News Group publications 9/28/15. Antonio Hardan, MD, provides comment on the whether aggressive behavior is common among children with autism.

Patients hear sounds of the shofar JWeekly 9/24/15. An article covering a September 17 event, put on by the Jewish Chaplaincy of Stanford Medicine, led by Bruce Feldstein, MD. Patients and staff from both hospitals came to observe the event where 15 schoolchildren participated in sounding shofars in celebration of Rosh Hashanah.

Stanford Children’s Health has a new CNO California Healthline; Modern Healthcare; Becker’s Hospital Review; SF Business Times- Movers & Shakers; CNBC; Bloomberg; Reuters; Yahoo 9/24/15. A press release was issued announcing Kelly M. Johnson, PhD, RN, as chief nursing officer and VP for patient care services at Stanford Children's Health and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. COO, Anne McCune and Kelly Johnson are quoted.

Palo Alto health fair promotes healthy city and community Palo Alto Online 9/24/15. The hospital is highlighted as a partner in a community event with the Palo Alto YMCA that was held on September 26.

IUD is overlooked as excellent birth control for teens Scope, 09/21/15. In an editorial published in the October issue of Journal of Adolescent Health, Paula Hillard, MD, urges doctors to consider the benefits of long-acting reversible contraception, such as the IUD, for young women.

Guest commentary: How will we meet the demand for pediatric specialty care? Bay Area News Group- Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, various BANG publications 9/19/15. Christopher G. Dawes authored an opinion editorial about the national shortage of pediatric specialists and sub-specialists to care for the growing number of children with serious diseases and chronic conditions.

For teens with bulimia, family-based therapy works best Inside Stanford Medicine, various news outlets, 9/18/15. Recovery from bulimia is faster if adolescents receive a treatment that enlists their parents, according to a new study co-authored by James Lock, MD, PhD.

Hospital recognized for water-saving measures Santa Clara Valley Water District Newsletter 9/18/15. LPCH was highlighted as a water-saving superhero in this newsletter, highlighting our current and future landscaping models.

Natural Home Remedies for the Care of Baby's Skin Baby Tips & Advice 9/18/15. Recommendations from hospital experts are cited in this blog column about treating baby skin.

Researchers develop protein patch which can repair heart muscles Medical News Today,, Capital Wired, 09/17/15. Senior author Pilar Ruiz-Lozano, PhD, is quoted.

How to make kids less terrified of math TIME, NPR 09/08/15. Recently released research is highlighted in stories from TIME and NPR; Vinod Menon, PhD, MD, is quoted. Also see: Boston Globe, 9/17/15.

Filtered sunlight a safe, low-tech treatment for newborn jaundice Health Day, Medical Xpress, Stanford Medicine News, various news media, 9/16/15. David Stevenson, MD, is quoted.

Panel discusses teen mental health, stress and suicide Palo Alto Online, 9/16/15. Steven Adelsheim, MD, took part in a panel discussion at Sacred Heart School, on stress, suicide and mental health of above-average teenagers. 

Best foods post-delivery blog 9/16/15. Recommendations from hospital experts are cited in this blog column advising new moms on the best foods to restore their energy post-delivery.

Ritu Asija, MD speaks on pediatric cardiac illness Al Despertar, KDTV Univision 14, 9/15/15 (email for a clip, in Spanish). Dr. Asija was a guest on the Al Despertar morning show to discuss the differences between pediatric and adult cardiac issues and concerns.

Shaken baby syndrome: A diagnosis that divides the medical world New York Times Retro Report, 09/14/15. This article and video report revisits the 1997 trial of a young British nanny charged with murder. Patrick Barnes, MD, a key prosecution witness in the trail, is featured in a Retro Report article and video.

Women are missing the facts regarding reproductive health and birth control, 09/12/15. This feature looks at how some women are not thoroughly educated on the facts regarding reproductive health and birth control. Leah Millheiser, MD, provides comment.

Hospital plans major expansion of our world-renowned heart center Becker’s Hospital Review, Hospital Management, CardioBreak, California Hospital Association Twitter News Highlights, 9/10/15. Further coverage of our plans to expand the Heart Center, which will premiere a new and larger space in 2018. Stephen Roth, MD, MPH, provides a Q&A.

Hospital plans major expansion of our world-renowned heart center Business Wire, Yahoo!, various online national news, 9/8/15. The press release announces our plans to expand our Heart Center. Stephen Roth, MD, MPH, provides a Q&A.

Tutoring relieves math anxiety and changes fear circuits in children Stanford Medicine News, various news outlets, 9/8/15. Vinod Menon, MD, PhD, senior author on the study, is quoted.

CA Hospitals pursue water conservation amidst drought Health Leaders Media, 9/8/15. This article discusses conservations efforts underway at hospitals across the state. Jill Ann Sullivan, RN, MSN, Vice President of Hospital Transformation, Space Planning and Support Services, is quoted.

Kids and alcohol, new data from American Association of Pediatrics KGO Radio (email for a clip), 9/7/15. Seth Ammerman, MD provides comment in this radio segment.

A new approach to workplace health Mountain View Voice, 9/7/15. This article highlights the organization’s Healthy Steps program as an example of how local hospitals are finding new ways to encourage healthy employee lifestyles.

Telemedicine saves pediatric urologist time, reduces appointment waiting Becker’s Hospital Review, FierceHealthIT 9/3/15. A bylined article by William Kennedy, MD, about telemedicine was published in Becker’s Hospital Review. 

Girls and boys with autism differ in behavior, brain structure Health Day, Health Canal,, Medical Daily, and various online media 9/3/15. Senior author Vinod Menon, MD, is quoted.

Also see: We don't really understand autism in girls, and that's a problem Huffington Post, 9/8/15

Rare gene variants help explain preemies’ lung disease SCOPE, 9/3/15. Senior author Hugh O’Brodovich, MD, is quoted.

Spanish-speaking families prefer native language when discussing surgical care Stanford Medicine News Center, Medical Xpress, various news outlets, 9/2/15. Matias Bruzoni, MD, senior author, is featured.

Policy Perspective - a conversation with Seth Ammerman, 9/3/15. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy published an in-depth Q & A with Seth Ammerman, MD.

This girls’ summer camp could help change the world of artificial intelligence Wired Magazine, 8/31/15. Packard is mentioned in this article about SAILORS, the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Outreach Summer program, the country’s first AI summer camp for girls.

Hyundai Hope On Wheels awards $10.5 million in research funding during national childhood cancer awareness month PR Newswire, 8/31/15. This press release mentions the hospital as a scholar grant recipient for pediatric cancer research. 

SCH doctors are leading the way in research to one day cure “orphan” disease KGO Radio, (email for clip) 8/28/15. Paul Grimm, MD, was interviewed for this radio segment about the rare disease cystinosis.

Victor Carrion, MD works to ease the stresses children face Silicon Valley Business Journal, 08/28/15.  A profile of Victor Carrion, MD, who received a 2015 Excellence in Healthcare award from the publication.

6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals Building Design & Construction, 8/28/15. A rendering of our hospital expansion is used in this article.

Including parents in the care of premature babies U.S. News Health Blog, Yahoo, Healthier, Happy Lives Blog, 8/27/15. Henry Lee, MD, authored this blog.

Concussion seminar featuring ex-49ers quarterback Steve Young seeks to shed light in community San Jose Mercury, Suffield Times 8/25/15. Gerry Grant, MD, and Paul Fisher, MD, are quoted.

San Jose teen siblings have successful bariatric surgery Telemundo, Univision, CBS-5, China Press, 8/21/15. Sister-brother duo Michelle and Miguel Rangel of San Jose have lost over 100 lbs. each through bariatric surgery at our hospital. Surgeon Matias Bruzoni, MD, provides comment.

Five lifesaving organ transplants in 48 hours means a very busy weekend Press Release; Stanford News The Dish, Yahoo; various online media, 8/20/15. One recent weekend yielded a remarkable 48-hour whirlwind of multiple organ transplants. Carlos Esquivel, MD, and Amy Gallo, MD, provide comment.

Brain scans better forecast math learning in kids than do skill tests, study finds Stanford Medicine, The Journal of Neuroscience, 8/18/15. Vinod Menon, PhD, and colleagues say gray matter volume and connections between several brain regions better forecast 8-year-olds’ acquisition of math skills than their performance on standard math tests.

Premature births linked to certain bacteria  Bioscience Technology,, NPR, Medscape 8/17/15. David Stevenson, MD; Daniel DiGiulo, MD; and David Relman, MD, are quoted.

Emergency Preparedness for the Modern Era   Global Healthcare 8/17/15. This feature highlights the water-saving initiatives incorporated into our hospital expansion and Packard 2.0.

Standardizing claims management system-wide: The Stanford Children's Health RCM improvement project  Becker's Hospital Review 8/17/15. Andrew Ray, director of professional revenue cycle, describes how we shifted the claims management process from an outsourced practice to an in-house, standardized operation within less than a year.

PA Auxiliary Supports Holds ‘Fancy Nancy Tea Party Los Altos Town Crier 8/19/15. An item about a September 19 Palo Alto Auxiliary event that generates support for our hospital and patients.

Children with complex medical needs often seek care elsewhere Richmond Times-Dispatch 8/15/15. The work and research of Kari Nadeau, MD, is referenced.

Children's hospitals face challenge from emerging megasystems  Modern Healthcare 8/15/15. Kim Roberts, CEO of Packard Children's Health Alliance, provides comment.

Three-year-old from Ukiah, Calif. receives lifesaving heart transplant  ABC 7; ABC30 (Fresno); ABC Chicago; Yahoo; KRON 4; Univision 8/14/15. This patient story chronicles the journey from diagnosis to heart transplant for toddler Kate Zuno. Beth Kaufman, MD, was interviewed.

Blacks, Hispanics and low-income kids with stomach aches treated differently in ERs Scope 8/13/15. A recently published study has found black, Hispanic, or low-income children with stomach aches tend to be misdiagnosed in the emergency room.

Teen girls battling cancer treated to a Girls’ Day Out ABC 7; NBC Bay Area; KOFY; FOX 2; Yahoo!; San Jose Mercury News; Inside Bay Area 8/5/15 & 8/6/15. Wide coverage of an annual event, organized by Recreation Therapy and Child Life, for our Bass Center teen patients.  Also see: SCOPE Medical Blog 8/7/15.

Life with conjoined twins: Antelope, Calif. family faces rare challenges Sacramento Bee; Fresno Bee; Miami Herald 8/9/15. A front-page article in the Sunday paper, along with an accompanying online article and video about a patient family with conjoined twins.

Doctor Radio discusses vaccines with Yvonne Maldonado, MD Sirius/XM – ‘Doctor Radio’ 8/5/15 (no clip available). Yvonne Maldonado, MD, was a guest on Doctor Radio with Dr. Benard P. Dreyer.

Your child’s picky eating could be a sign of depression All Things Considered (NPR) 08/03/15. A new study from Duke University suggests that picky eating in children could be a sign that they are suffering from anxiety or depression. 

WWE offers contract to 8-year-old cancer patient The Post Game 8/5/15. A Bass Center patient received national attention on social media, online and television outlets.

Benefits of weight loss surgery diminished after five years Fox News 8/5/15. A new study from Israel suggests that five years after weight loss surgery, obese patients may regain many of the pounds they initially shed. John Morton, MD, is quoted.

Miscarriage: Facts, Myths, and Mysteries Live Science 8/4/15. Ruth Lathi, MD, provides comment.

CDC says 40% of teen girls are skipping recommended HPV vaccines KCBS Radio (no clip available) 8/1/15. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides insight as guest expert in this radio segment.

Watsonville teen with MS struggles with transportation needs Santa Cruz Sentinel 8/3/15. The patient family of a 19-year-old with MS is hoping to raise funds to modify the family’s van to accommodate his wheelchair.

Les Lifter named as vice president, chief marketing officer SF Chronicle Movers & Shakers; SF Biz Journal 7/29/15. Published announcements of Les Lifter, vp and chief marketing officer, coming onboard.

Teen experiences complications from heart, lung transplant Statesman Journal 7/27/15. An update on one of our patients eight days after their heart-lung transplant.

Family of ten-year-old girl who died from rare diseases will bike up the coast to raise money for arthritis research San Jose Mercury News 7/29/15.

Rebuilding Cassie’s smile SCOPE 7/29/15. The story of a CF patient is highlighted in this blog.

Ravenswood Family Health Center Finds Strong Partner in Community Healthcare!X. Our hospital is a key partner in the success of this community center.

Yasser El-Sayed, MD, appointed associate dean for maternal and child health Stanford Medicine News Center.

Revenue Cycle Management: Tip of the Day Beckers Hospital Review 7/28/15. Andrew Ray, director of physician revenue operations, offers a tip of the day.

Bigger babies filling NICU beds Medpage Today 7/27/15. Henry Lee, MD, provided comment in this article.

Politician breastfeeds in Parliament and the pic goes viral Yahoo!; 7/27/15. A photo of an Argentine politician breastfeeding her 8-month-old daughter went viral this week. Susan Crowe, MD is quoted.

East Palo Alto Library takes on new role of helping the hungry Palo Alto Online 7/25/15. This feature highlights a program and collaborative we are helping to support in East Palo Alto.

Low levels of hormone linked to social deficit in autism, new study finds Stanford Medicine News 7/22/15. In children with autism, low levels of the hormone vasopressin predict a social deficit that affects their ability to empathize with others.

Juvenile inmates have more mental health hospitalizations, study finds US News; Science Daily; Medical News Today; PsychCentral  07/21/15. Arash Anoshiravani, MD, MPH, is quoted in this study.

Doctors challenge vertex over high price of cystic fibrosis drug Boston Globe 7/20/15. A quote from Carlos Milla, MD, is cited in this article.

Efforts underway to prevent teen suicides along Palo Alto train tracks FOX2 7/16/15. Shashank Joshi, MD, provides comment on the announcement of new fencing being built to restrict access to a portion of the rail corridor in Palo Alto.

Advancing Science in the Service of Humanity: Professionalism and ethical safeguards JAMA Internal Medicine 07/14/15. Laura Roberts, MD, wrote an accompanying editorial to a study released from Massachusetts General in Boston and is quoted here: Medscape (subscription required; for a copy of the article, please e-mail

Designing a water-wise hospital Healthier, Happy Lives Blog 7/14/15. Article exploring how the Packard 2.0 expansion incorporates best practices for saving water and other natural resources. 

Family, friends fight for local child born with heart defects Owensboro Messenger Inquirer  07/15/15. Patient story mentioning Frank Hanley, MD.

Family, friends grieve loss of 10-year-old Watsonville girl Santa Cruz Sentinel  07/14/15. A local community gathered around a family who lost their child to meningitis on July 10.

Pediatric cardiology subspecialty care in California increased in recent years Healio 7/13/15. Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, is quoted.

Peeking into the genome of a deadly cancer pinpoints possible new treatment Scope 7/13/15. Julien Sage, PhD, is featured.

Can an infection trigger OCD? Wall Street Journal 7/12/15 Jennifer Frankovich, MD, and Kiki Chang, MD, are featured in this article which explores the link between infection and certain psychiatric disorders.

Also see: Mothers with history of eating disorders invited to no-cost parenting program Saratoga Patch 7/12/15

A healthy way to give back San Mateo Daily Journal 7/13/15. Story of local teen who offers comfort to patients at children's hospitals.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health named one of 2015’s Most Wired Yahoo; Healthcare IT News 7/9/15. Ed Kopetsky, is quoted in this press release announcing recognition received from HealthCare’s Most Wired™ survey.

Also see: Patient engagement key to being named a “Most Wired” Hospital Health IT Analytics 7/10/15

Guidelines for treating teens’ eating disorders Noodls; Inside Stanford Medicine 7/6/15. James Lock, MD, PhD, discusses why evidence-based therapies for these common and serious conditions are so important.

Is there a vaping culture, and how are American kids interacting with it? KPCC 7/6/15 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is featured.

Teaching kids to cope with stress Contemporary Pediatrics 7/1/15. Victor Carrion, MD, is the featured expert.

Silicon Valley Pediatricians in San Jose joins Stanford Children’s Health network of care Reuters; Yahoo; Bloomberg 6/24/15. Press release announcing the latest group to join the network. Christopher G. Dawes is quoted.

Cystic fibrosis is deadlier for Hispanic patients, Stanford study finds Scope; Science Newsline; Science Daily 06/24/15. Lead author MyMy Buu, MD; Carlos Milla, MD; Paul Wise, MD, MPH; and Lee Sanders, MD, are featured.

Teens are less familiar with marijuana, e-cigarette health risks; KGO Radio 06/24/15 Psychology Today 6/25/15. Senior author Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, discusses the research.

Mountain View girl battled rare medical condition to play in piano competition San Jose Mercury News 7/1/15. A patient story of overcoming challenge. Meghan Imrie, MD, is quoted.

Teen struggles to find MS care locally KSBY (Central Coast NBC affiliate) 6/19/15. Patient story, a family who travels from San Luis Obispo for multiple sclerosis treatment.  Keith Van Haren, MD, provides comment.

“Fertility parties” are attracting more and more women across the country KGO-AM 06/23/15 (not available online). Valerie Baker, MD, discusses the growing popularity among women to freeze their eggs for future use. 

Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety announces new board of directors to guide national effort to eliminate serious harm in all children's hospitals PR Newswire; Bloomberg News; Beckers Hospital Review, various online coverage 6/24/15. Christopher G. Dawes is part of the new, 11-member board.

The Benefits of Early Enteral Feeding Journal of Perinatology-Neonatology. An interview feature with Olivia Mayer, RD, NICU clinical dietician.

The heat and the hazard: 9 facts about summer health Washington Post 06/29/15. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, and offers tips on preventing hand, foot and mouth disease.

Can social media play a role in youth suicide prevention? Palo Alto Weekly 06/29/15. The work of Shashank Joshi, MD, and community efforts to combat teen depression, are referenced.

New lungs, new life Stanford Medicine Magazine Summer 2015. Patient story of a lung-transplant recipient and the adolescent medical challenges faced post-transplant. Carol Conrad, MD, is featured.

Skin too fragile to touch  Stanford Medicine Magazine Summer 2015. Patient stories are highlighted and many members of the Stanford dermatology team, including Anthony Oro, MD.

Senator praised, condemned for vaccine measure Marin Independent Journal 7/4/15. Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, is quoted.

Physicians praise assembly’s vote on vaccine measure LA Times 6/25/15. Hayden Schwenk, MD is quoted.

Sean Parker plans to spend his fortune disrupting philanthropy San Francisco Chronicle 06/24/15. This article mentions Sean Parker’s donation of $24 million to establish an allergy research center in the School of Medicine.

Children with severe illnesses deserve a real education Education Week 6/26/15.  A commentary article written by former hospital school volunteer Meghaan Ferreira.

Ed Kopetsky honored with Lifetime Achievement Award San Jose Business Journal; Mercury News; Boston Globe 6/18/15. Congratulations to Ed Kopetsky, who received the 2015 Silicon Valley Business Journal, San Francisco Business Times and PwC CIO of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.

Parents’ denial fuels childhood obesity epidemic  NY Times 6/15/15. Tom Robinson, MD, MPH is quoted.

Sierra Bingham receives second heart transplant  Baker City Herald (OR); Bend Bulletin 6/20/15. Hospital mentioned in article by local publication from the family’s hometown.

Medical Marijuana Laws Don’t Increase Teen Use, Study Suggests Fox News; Live Science 6/16/15. Seth Ammerman, MD, is quoted.

1st annual craniofacial team picnic, a major success  Healthier, Happy Lives Blog 6/8/15. Derrick Wan, MD and Elena Hopkins, NP were quoted in the blog.

Stanford stem cell product, delayed for more than a decade, to be tested again SJ Mercury 6/14/15. Comment from Maria-Grazia Roncarolo, MD.

Los Gatos families touched by experiences in Bass Center hold event to benefit the hospital  Mercury News 6/17/15. Three grateful families gave high praise to their children’s treatment in the Bass Center.

Fathers of children with disabilities open up about challenges, blessings Alaska Star 6/17/15. In a series of excerpts from fathers, the Stockwell family’s story is mentioned.  Their son, Shawn received a heart transplant in 2008.

Patients’ artwork showcased in Palo Alto  For Care, For Cures, For Kids Blog; Fox 2 segment (no clip available) 6/10/15. An exhibit is the culmination of the Pablove Shutterbugs program, a five-week photography course for about 30 students, all of whom have been patients at our Bass Center.

Japanese news agency explores American breast milk-banking and breast milk services on the internet  NHK (Japan) 6/16/15. Ron Cohen, MD is interviewed and images from our PICN are included.

Delaying heart transplant by wearing a ventricular assist device  CBS 13 (Sacramento)CBS 5;  ABC News Radio (email for files) 6/11/15. Teen patient TJ Ballaio’s story about using a VAD to postpone heart transplant.  Seth Hollander, MD, was interviewed at TJ’s clinic appointment in the Heart Center.

Stand up for kids and end childhood hunger  ChicoER News 6/12/15.  Lisa Chamberlain, MD, co-authored this opinion article on efforts being made and attention needed on bringing an end to childhood hunger in Silicon Valley.  Chamberlain partnered with Cindy McCown, vice president of community engagement and policy at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties on this article.

Can cat ownership connect to schizophrenia?  SF Gate; San Antonio; New Haven; Albany 6/8/15. New research finds that living with cats as a child could potentially be a risk factor for developing mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Hayden Schwenk, MD, says this study should not put parents with cats at home into a panic.

Bay Area hospitals seeing birthrates inching back up after recession  San Jose Mercury News 6/8/15. Yasser El-Sayed, MD, is quoted in the article.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Is Honored in Just-Released National Survey of Best Children's Hospitals CNBC 6/9/15. 2015-16 U.S. News World Report’s annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings were released this week.  The hospital is ranked in the top 15 in 5 specialties and two programs that are best in California.  Nine specialties were ranked overall.  Christopher G. Dawes and Dean Lloyd Minor, MD are quoted in the press release.

Our CEO joins important patient safety board Green Technology; Becker’s Hospital Review 6/1/15. Christopher G. Dawes has been appointed to the board of directors for the Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) project. SPS is a network of more than 80 children's hospitals in the United States working together to share safety successes and failures to better achieve the goal of creating a universally safe and healing environment for children in need of medical care.

In Kenya, program changes male attitudes about sexual violence, study finds Health Canal 6/9/15. Young men and teenage boys participating in a program developed by No Means No Worldwide had more positive views toward women and less belief in rape myths, a Stanford study found. Jennifer Keller, PhD, is featured.

Oral immunotherapy in kids with allergies  Contemporary Pediatrics podcast 6/6/15. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is featured on this podcast

Access Health Record at Push of Button When Evidence Lacking  Medscape 6/5/15. Article explaining a green-button function being tested in electronic health records lets physicians access basic information on treatments and outcomes for patients similar to the one they're treating.  Christopher Longhurst, MD, who is leading the initiative, is quoted.

Precision Health: Predicting and Preventing Disease—Not Just Treating It Inside Stanford Medicine; Drug Discovery & DevelopmentBioscience Technology 6/3/15. A Stanford University article outlining the concept for a planned system to access and utilize health data to provide targeted, predictive and personalized care, an approach known as “precision health.”  Christopher G. Dawes, Dean Lloyd Minor, MD and Amir Dan Rubin, MD, are quoted in the article.

Children's hospital announces residency partnership with Stanford Valley Public Radio 6/3/15. Valley Children’s Hospital is officially partnering with Stanford University for its new pediatric residency program. The decision marks a move away from a long-time partnership with the University of California San Francisco.

Research gives hope to food allergy sufferers  ‘Earth Eats’ on Indiana Public Media 6/4/15. Tina L.R. Dominguez, PA-C, MMS, clinical manager and trainer, is interviewed on the research and clinical work at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford.

Stanford concludes welcome takeover of ValleyCare  Pleasanton Weekly 6/4/15. Last month, Stanford Health closed its takeover of the ValleyCare Health System. It's now known as Stanford Health ValleyCare.

Air-powered guns linked to soaring rates of eye injuries 05/29/15. According to a recent study Eye injuries from BB guns, pellet guns and other non-powder firearms have become more common in recent years in U.S. kids. The study was led by Douglas Fredrick, MD, who is quoted throughout the article.

When a teen is in a mental health crisis, what’s working, and what isn’t  Palo Alto Online 5/22/15. A two-part feature, released in print and online, featuring comment from Antonio Hardan, MD; Victor Carrion, MD; Shashank Joshi, MD.  One article explored the process of the 5150—a mandated psychiatric hold for children and adolescents in Santa Clara County, as well as the options for long term in-patient psychiatric. The second article explored programs across the county and beyond to address the broader issue of the need for accessible outpatient care and community programs.

Shiprock toddler with rare disease receives liver transplant in California  Farmington Daily Times (New Mexico); Durango Herald; 5/24/15. Ricardo Castillo, MD provides insight on pediatric liver transplants.

Dr. Maldonado featured on Doctor Radio - Sirius XM Channel 81 (no link available)  5/20/15. Bonnie Maldonado, MD, featured guest on Doctor Radio program focusing on pertussis.

Health apps every parent should know  5/22/15. The Kurbo app, the digital adaptation of our pediatric weight control program, combines a food and activity tracker with personalized coaching via text and weekly phone calls or video chats is featured as one of the “must know” apps highlighted in the list.

How to breastfeed two babies at once  Yahoo Parenting  05/21/15. Marcy Mallouf, RN, lactation consultant, advises on breastfeeding.

Waiting for a new heart  Statesman Journal  5/15/15. Patient story of Oswaldo Jimenez Hernandez, 13, who is awaiting a heart transplant.

Food Allergies: a hidden danger for many Asian-American kids  KQED 5/15/15. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, provides comment.

The importance of preventing burnout among physicians and nurses  Hospitals & Health Networks; Fierce Healthcare 05/21/15. The hospital’s process of a ‘lavender alert’ is mentioned in referencing a way to address employee well-being and support.

A new tool for tracking harm in hospitalized children  Scope 05/18/15; WTN News 5/20/15. A new study found a better way to track harm to hospitalized children. This post quotes senior author Paul Sharek, MD, MPH.

Courageous kids enjoy a 'cancer-free' day at Great America  San Jose Mercury News 05/20/15. A Packard patient is featured in this article about American Cancer Society’s Courageous Kids Day.

Lab studies suggest epigenetic drug may fight childhood brain cancer  NIH Director’s Blog 05/19/15. A multicenter study has identified an FDA-approved medication that prolongs survival in mice with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, an incurable and fatal brain tumor. This blog entry discusses the work and references Michelle Monje, PhD, senior author of the study.

Palo Alto youth and suicide  SF Chronicle, 5/18/15. Shashank Joshi, MD is quoted in the article.

Health journalists gathered for training, networking in Silicon Valley  Covering Health 05/13/15. Recap of the AHCJ Conference in April, Packard is mentioned.

Attacking food allergies PBS NewsHour 5/11/15. Feature segment with Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, on food allergy clinical trials and research taking place at the Sean Parker Center for Food Allergy Research at Stanford.

To prevent whooping cough in newborns, vaccinate pregnant moms Reuters 5/12/15. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment.

Can strep trigger mental illness in kids?  Daily Beast 5/12/15. Kiki Chang, MD, provides comment.

Study of outcomes for early preemies highlights complex choices for families and doctors Scope  05/11/15. In this blog post, Henry Lee, MD, discusses recent findings that very premature infants are more likely to survive at some hospitals than at others.

The evaporation of child health policy in the U.S.  1:2:1 podcast, 05/11/15. Paul Wise, MD, discusses the problems facing child health policy in this discussion with Paul Costello, chief communications officer at the School of Medicine.

Stanford Stadium Dinner for the hospital  SJ Mercury 5/6/15. Recap of May 1 gala that raised two million dollars for the hospital and child health programs.

In drought-stricken California, hospitals strive to use less water Modern Healthcare 05/13/15. This article focuses on the efforts of hospitals to reduce water. It quotes Krisanne Hanson, director of sustainability at Stanford Medicine.

What really causes autism?  Yahoo 05/12/15. Joachim Hallmayer, MD, is quoted.

The ABCs of better sleep Huffington Post 5/6/15. Rafael Pelayo, MD, provides insight.

Existing drug may treat the deadliest childhood brain tumor  NBC Bay Area 5/14/15; Science Blog; Medical Xpress; Health News Digest. NBC segment featured patient story and interview with senior study author Michelle Monje, MD, PhD.  Also various online coverage stemming from study published in Nature Medicine.

Aiming to reduce eye injuries  Dallas Morning News 05/04/15. Recent study led by Douglas Fredrick, MD, finds eye injuries from BB guns, pellet guns and other non-powder firearms have become more common in recent years in U.S. kids.

Implanted pump helps heart-failure patient graduate  Medical Design Technology; Health Canal 5/5/15. Teen patient, TJ Balliao shares story of choosing to stay on ventricular assist device so he can finish high school on time.  David Rosenthal, MD is quoted throughout.

Existing drug may treat the deadliest childhood brain tumor  Nature Medicine; Press Release, various other media 5/4/15. For the first time, scientists have identified an existing drug that slows the growth of the deadliest childhood brain tumor. Michelle Monje, MD, PhD is senior author of the paper.

A polio-like paralysis in children Discover Magazine June, 2015.  Keith Van Haren, MD discusses the late-2014 outbreak of a polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis, which has affected kids across the U.S. Email for a copy of this article.

John Muir Health opens PICU, first in Contra Costa county CBS-5 5/1/15. Segment introducing JMH’s new PICU, highlighting some of the advanced technology available. Deb Franzon, MD comments during the segment.

Parents see protests as a teaching moment for their children  The Baltimore Sun 5/2/15. Victor Carrion, MD is quoted in this article, advising parents and caretakers on the importance of giving children context of a protest situation.

Psych beds for teens lacking  Palo Alto Daily Post 5/1/15, email for a copy. Inquiry regarding how the hospital handles mandatory psychiatric holds without dedicated psych beds for children and teens. This conversation will continue with local papers to explore the broader issues of mental health, distressed youth and providing effective resources to the community.

E-Cigarettes Pose Alarming Risks for Children  SJ Mercury News, 4/24/15. Robert K. Jackler, MD authored this article

Eye injuries in children from non-powder guns on the rise, new study says  Scope 4/28/15.
Eye injuries from BB guns, pellet guns and other non-powder firearms have become more common in recent years in U.S. kids, according to a recent study led by Douglas Fredrick, MD.

San Mateo family looks to give back amidst their 5-year-old daughter’s battle with cancer  Mercury News 4/28/15. Patient family was interviewed at the hospital about their daughter Joysse’s battle with ALL, and their efforts to fundraise for low-income families at Packard affected by cancer. Krysta Schlis, MD is quoted in the article, which was featured in several Bay Area News Group outlets.

New insights into internal scarring present in pulmonary fibrosis  Pulmonary Fibrosis News 04/22/15. A drug used to treat diabetes could prevent severe scarring, according to a recent study led by Michael Longaker, MD.

Men now have an app to track their sperm  Buzzfeed 04/23/15.A new app allows men to monitor their reproductive health. This article quotes Michael Eisenberg, MD.

Transplant Coordinator’s effort to raise awareness around organ donation featured on KTVU’s Bay Area People 5/2/15. Clip not currently available. See Facebook post here

In recognition of a social media challenge to recognize the importance of organ donation. 

Kids with Dangerous Heart Arrhythmias Receive Lifesaving Support from High-Tech, Implantable Devices  Reuters; Spoke; Bloomberg 4/21/15.  Press release, highlighting a teenage patient living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, ICD, a surgically placed device that continuously monitors a patient’s heart rate. Anne Dubin, MD, and Lauren Schneider, PsyD, comment.

Why babies don't have freckles  Yahoo Parenting 4/10/15. Joyce Teng, MD, is featured in this article explaining when freckles show up, what triggers them and the importance of protecting baby’s skin.

Meds trump therapy recommendation for treating ADHD 04/20/15.
New findings suggest when it comes to treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, a lot of kids are getting the medications they need, but they may be missing out on other treatments. Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD, is quoted.

John Muir Health opens first pediatric ICU in Contra Costa County  Bay Area News Group 4/20/15. Part of the SCH network, our new jointly-operated PICU at JMH opened for business this past week.

Barry Behr, PhD recently conducted interviews about an FDA-approved test available at the Fertility and Reproductive Health Center, improving accuracy in IVF.

From Costa Rica to Stanford: Pediatric liver transplant surgeon shares his story  Scope, 4/9/15. In a recent lecture, Carlos Esquivel, MD told the tale of his rise from Costa Rican medical student to renowned pediatric transplantation surgeon. 

Annual Autism Symposium April 18th at Stanford  KGO radio (no clip available) 4/17-4/18/15. Carl Feinstein, MD interviewed on what could be expected from the event.

Pediatrics and obstetrics to close at Gilroy hospital Gilroy Dispatch 4/14/15. Pediatric and obstetric units at Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy will shut their doors within 90 days to cut costs. Packard was mentioned as being a location that residents will need to travel to for specialized care.

Heart of Gold: The Kevin Murphy story   Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area, 4/20/15. An update on the story of Kevin Murphy, now a high school track star. He received a heart transplant in 2009.

Showing support for organ donations  Napa Valley Register 4/16/15. Melanie Merrill-Kennedy, PA in the liver transplant program, posed a social media challenge to encourage showing support for organ donation.  Her letter to the editor was published on their website.

Name Dropping: Team G Fighting for a Cure  Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/11/15. Bass Center patient story. Harvey Cohen, MD, PhD, Sandhya Kharbanda, MD, and Krysta Schlis, MD, are featured.

Stanford investigators are at the forefront of concussion research  Stanford Alumni Magazine 4/6/15. As public concern about brain injuries intensifies, Stanford bioengineers and clinicians join forces in a drive to understand and prevent concussions. Gerald Grant, MD, provides insight.

Students learn about dangers of sleep deprivation 
ABC 7 News 04/10/15. Students from Menlo-Atherton High School recently paid a visit Stanford Sleep Medicine Center to learn about the dangers of sleep deprivation. Rafael Pelayo, MD was featured in this segment.

Superhope for the superkids  Yahoo Maktoob 4/11/15. In this article about the nonprofit Superhope, our hospital is mentioned as their first event location in the U.S.

The road to making polio a disease of the past  Huffington Post 4/9/15. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, authored this post for the Global Motherhood section of the Huff Post blog.

Shaping the hospital of the future   Becker’s Hospital Review, 4/1/15. In this new Q&A, Christopher G. Dawes discusses the growth of our hospital and network.

Unraveling the mystery of chronic pain  Radio New Zealand 4/1/15. Elliot Krane, MD, was featured guest on thirty-minute radio segment.

Sherri Sager, Women of Influence 2015  San Jose Business Journal 4/3/15. SJBJ announces Sherri Sager, Chief Government & Community Relations Officer, as one of the 2015 Women of Influence.  A profile and Q&A with Sherri is featured in the special section of the Business Journal’s website, dedicated to the honorees.

Chief Medical Officer roundtable: the high-quality care conundrum  Becker’s Hospital Review 4/1/15. Dennis Lund, MD, our new chief medical officer, is a featured CMO in this roundtable Q&A.

Stanford Children's Outpatient Facility and Reproductive Health Center coming to Sunnyvale  SJ Mercury 4/8/15.Our new facility in Sunnyvale is set for completion in May 2016. The facility will have specialties in orthopedics, sports medicine, dermatology, pediatric development, child and adolescent health, and more. Robert Dicks, senior director of media relations is quoted.

Researchers find ways to automate the insertion of needles  The Economist 4/9/15. The article sites a study in 2013 by the hospital and School of Medicine, which found that over half the attempts to place a central venous catheter in children failed on the first go.

Louanne Hudgins, MD, FACMG elected to Board of American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics  Reuters; Indianapolis Business Journal 4/2/15. Members of the ACMG Board of Directors serve as advocates for the ACMG and for forming and advancing its policies and programs. ACMG is the national organization for the medical genetics profession.

Hidden enemy: Emerging form of poliovirus threatens hopes for eradication

Stanford Medical Center Report; Health Canal; Bioscience Technology; Medical Xpress; Drug Discovery & Development 4/3/15-4/6/15. A newly recognized form of poliovirus has emerged from one of the vaccines being used to eradicate the paralyzing illness. Our Yvonne Maldonado, MD, and others are studying how to solve the problem.

Nation's leading public health researchers, scientists endorse California, New York sugar drink warning label bills  EIN Presswire 4/8/15. Leading public health scientists and researchers announced their support for bills in California and New York to require warning labels on soda and other sugar drinks to inform consumers of the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay from excessive consumption. Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH, is one of the 34 scientists endorsing the letter.

Gilroy tot Stella Arde received a life-saving donor liver  Gilroy Dispatch 4/2/15. The story of a recent liver transplant recipient.

Locals help Ronald McDonald House expand   Almanac News 4/9/15. The hospital expansion is mentioned throughout the article, patients are highlighted and the expansion is referenced.

Students suffering from eating disorders find lack of campus resources  The Stanford Daily 04/03/15. The Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program is referenced as a partner resource with Stanford’s CAPS program for students with eating disorders.

Palo Alto school district to hire mental health therapists  Palo Alto Weekly 04/03/15.
The Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire two full-time licensed mental health therapists as soon as possible. Shashank Joshi, provides comment in this article.

The national pain strategy is released National Pain Report 4/2/15. Sean Mackey MD, PhD, is quoted.

Santa Clara woman with thanks CF center for successful journey to adult care  Yahoo; Nueva Economica; Dallas Morning News 3/31/15. Internally developed story and press release about a patient’s successful transition to adult care.

Autism Symposium, April 18  Mercury News; Boston Globe; Reuters 3/31/15. Announcement of the hospital sponsored event at Stanford University.

Our pediatric transplant programs are #1 in America   Press release, Yahoo, our blog and other media nationally, 3/26/15. Newly released data confirm that we are once again the national leader in pediatric organ transplantation. Drs. Carlos Esquivel and Kenneth Cox provide comment along with Deb Strichartz, administrative director of the pediatric transplant center.

Children’s liquid medicines should be measured in metric units  Yahoo!, Reuters, Fox News various online media, 4/30/15. Robert Poole, director of pharmacy, comments.

Making sex ed fun  iHeart Radio, 3/25/15. Nurse Julie Metzger discusses our popular “Heart to Heart: A Seminar on Growing Up for Parents and Kids

WWE stars deliver smiles   FOX-2, Bay Area News Group, NBC Bay Area, 3/25/15. WrestleMania comes to the Bay Area, and our kids received a visit from some of the stars.

How to make a sustainable hospital   Popular Mechanics, March issue (not available online, email us for a copy). This article notes the water-saving features of our new main building and expansion.

The importance of health parenting sessions   MedPage Today, 3/27/15. Sophia Yen, MD, provides comment.

Debut of new East Palo Alto health care center  Palo Alto Online 3/26/15. The hospital is mentioned as coordinator for the new centers’ pediatric mental health crises.

Marijuana Legalization in California: ACLU-Gavin Newsom panel releases road map on the issues  SJ Mercury 3/26/15. Seth Ammerman, MD, is referenced.

Two North Bay teachers hailed for life-saving heroics  KTVU 3/24/15. We are the hospital caring for a young boy brought here after being resuscitated by his teachers.

7-year-old girl's kidney injury caused by shoelace accident  ABC Bay Area, Chicago, Philly, New York; Yahoo! Good Morning America; Good Housekeeping 3/6-3/11.  Patient story about a local child who tripped over her shoelaces and fell, injuring her kidney. Hsi-Yang Wu, MD provided comment on her case.

Diversity of pediatricians has not kept pace across the U.S. 3/9/15
Fernando Mendoza, MD, who surveyed U.S. pediatric department chairs, is quoted.

Pediatric surgeon Dennis Lund to become Stanford Children's Health chief medical officer  Reuters; Becker’s Hospital Review; Yahoo 3/9/2015. Press release announcing Dr. Lund as new chief medical officer.

Dr. Kenneth Cox steps down from CMO role Becker's ASC Review 3/9/15. Mention of Ken Cox, MD, being succeeded by Dennis Lund, MD, as CMO.

Stanford Children's Health names Dana Haering CFO  Becker's ASC Review 3/9/15. External media announcement of Dana Haering’s recent appointment as CFO.

Comprehensive Neuromuscular Clinic named Certified Duchenne Care Center by PPMD   U-T San DiegoBloomberg 3/6/15. Our clinic is the eighth center to be certified by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) .

Exotic micropumps and gels offer hope for hearing disorders  Scientific American 3/11/15. Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

Speakers focus on women's issues at Los Altos American Association of University Women Event  Los Altos Online 3/4/15. Sophia Yen, MD, is featured.

At iHT2-San Francisco, Healthcare IT Leaders see a long data analytics journey ahead  Healthcare Informatics 3/3/15. Jonathan Palma, MD, is quoted.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Quiz –what it does and doesn't mean  NPR 3/2/15. Hilit Kletter, PhD, clinical instructor of psychiatry, provides comment.

A look at stem cells and "chemobrain"  Scope 3/3/15. Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, provides insight.

Mom asks Facebook users to send birthday wishes to son in hospital  KRNV 3/10/15. About a 17-year-old brain surgery patient whose mom reached out to the media for birthday wishes.

Baby with rare heart defect saved by innovative surgery  Bloomberg; Reuters; Scope 2/26/15. Press release Phoenix newborn who received lifesaving surgery through the work of a team led by Frank Hanley, MD. 

Study: Exposing infants to peanuts may prevent peanut allergies  KQED-FM  02/25/15.
Sharon Chinthrajah, MD was a featured guest during this segment.

Fertility and reproductive health services now offered at Stanford Children’s Health Reuters; California Healthline; Pagina de Noticias; Pharmacy Choice; La Bolsa 02/23/15. Press release announcing the move of the Infertility and Reproductive Health Services Team from Stanford Health Care to Stanford Children’s Health.

Bariatric surgery may improve pregnancy outcomes for obese women, 02/25/15. John Morton, MD is quoted.

WWE offers unique experiences to fans  Bloomberg; Miami Herald, Yahoo;; 2/26/15. WWE announcement of the launch of Superstars for Hope, a fundraising campaign on a crowd funding platform, to benefit LPCH. Christopher G. Dawes is quoted in the press release.

Peanut news, in perspective (blog) 2/27/15. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, puts new research into perspective with Q&A.

Is marijuana less harmful than alcohol, tobacco?  NBC 2/25/15. Seth Ammerman, MD, medical director of the teen health van, is quoted, reaffirming the AAP’s opposition to legalization.

Panelists tell community: listen more, listen deeply  Palo Alto Online 2/26/15. Shashank Joshi, MD, and Steven Adelsheim, MD, are featured.

Valley Children's Hospital NICU performs the highest level of care Fresno Bee 2/28/15. LPCH is named as working closely with them on transplant cases.

Neuroscience in court; the painful truth  Nature, 2/25/15. Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, provides insight.

Conjoined twins separated in Texas  Food World News, 2/24/15. LPCH was mentioned as having a past successful separation of conjoined twins.

Hormonal Changes in the First Trimester of Pregnancy  ModernMom 02/25/15. Hospital is cited as information source.

Cochlear implants give young boy with Down Syndrome a new lease on life Yahoo; CNBC; 2/4/15. Internally developed patient story. Kay Chang, MD and John Oghalai, MD are quoted.

Researcher's wearable electronics study could lead to better MRI imaging  Phys.Org 02/16/15. Researchers are collaborating with radiologist Shreyas Vasanawala, MD.

Cancer patients get superhero transformations KNTV 2/13/15, 2/14/15 (not available online).
Coverage of a Recreation Therapy & Child Life event with nonprofit SUPERHOPE.

Kim Roberts honored with 2015 Tribute to Women Award  AP;; Morningstar 02/12/15. Kim Roberts is one of thirty-six women selected to receive a 2015 Tribute to Women Award.

Are local doctor’s offices seeing change in vaccine behavior due to current measles outbreak?  CBS 5, 2/12/15 (not available online). David Wanderman, MD of Peninsula Pediatrics Medical Group and Stanford Children’s Health interviewed.

Community, district organize forums to discuss student wellness  Palo Alto Online 02/14/15.
The hospital is mentioned as partnering with community organizations for events about student wellness.

A Nut a Day Keeps the Doctor Away Mountain View Voice, 2/6/15. Article about the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford.  Whitney Block, NP is quoted.

Big Data Redefines the Traditional Scientific Methods Used in Medicine  Tech Republic; Yahoo 2/12/15. Jennifer Frankovich, MD and Atul Butte, MD, are featured.

Childhood obesity: Educating parents is most important  San Jose Mercury News 02/13/15 Opinion article authored by Thea Runyan, MPH.

Board of Directors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford appoints two new members  TMCnet 02/06/15. Press release announcing the addition of Elaine Chambers and William S. Thompson to the Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2015.

Several studies have examined the effect of sugar on behavior and found no evidence of a real “sugar high” ZocDoc (blog) 2/6/15. Tom Robinson, MD, MPH is quoted.

Hospitals launching pilots of Apple health tech  Reuters; Yahoo; GlobalPost; 2/5/15. LPCH is mentioned in association with a pilot program of Apple's HealthKit service.

Annual Hunger Action Summit: "Food as Medicine: The Intersection of Hunger and Health" Santa Clara Weekly, 2/4/15. The advocacy work of Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, is mentioned.

Vaccine efforts focus on shot-shy parents SF Chronicle 2/2/15. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted in the front page article.

Stanford launches major effort to expedite vaccine discovery with $50 million grant SF Business Journal; SCOPE 1/29/15. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, and Atul Butte, PhD, are mentioned.

American Academy of Pediatrics report opposing marijuana legalization NY Times; Chicago Tribune; Science Times 1/26-1/28/15. Position authored by Seth Ammerman MD, opposing legalization of recreational and medical marijuana use because of the threat it poses to the health of children and adolescents.

Case illuminates immune system-psychiatric disorder link Medical Xpress 1/26/15. Story of one patient’s case of reaching a diagnosis through our PANS clinic.

3 signs that you kid is too old to see a pediatrician The Stir 1/26/15. Neville Golden, MD, provides insight for parents of tweens and teens.

Measles outbreak in California  KQED 1/23/15. Yvonne Maldonado, MD phoned into KQED’s Forum as an expert on infectious diseases.

In addition, Dr. Maldonado also provided a media Q&A about the pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic in California.  Issued as a press release on 1/21, picked up by various online media outlets.

Integrating mindfulness into regular curriculum in the Ravenswood City School District  San Jose Mercury News; Palo Alto Weekly; CBS5 1/21/15. New program/study launch event on 1/21.  Victor Carrion, MD, study lead is mentioned and quoted.

Many of state's smallest babies not referred for follow-up care, study finds  Health Canal and various online media outlets 1/23/15. Summary of study findings from SOM led by Susan Hintz, MD.

Local teen fighting stigma about Tourette’s Syndrome  SJ Mercury; Inside Bay Area 1/16/15. Article profiles a San Mateo teen working to ease stigma around the condition.  Anita Kishore, MD provides comment.

Grandparent classes teaches old hands new baby routines  SF Chronicle; Scope 1/20/15. Chronicle article interviews Marilyn Swarts, program co-creator and co-leader, as well as two participants.

Expansion project celebrates structural completion milestone
  Yahoo; Yahoo Mexico; Reuters; various online publications 1/21/15. Coverage of Jan. 14 topping off ceremony and sharing details on the plan and vision for the expansion program.  

Teen travels 3000 miles for life-changing “stealth surgery” 
Healthier, Happy Lives 1/21/15. Story highlighting a case correcting a 19 year-old girl’s torticollis (wry-neck) condition via stealth surgery technique performed by Sanjeev Dutta, MD.

Facts about being pregnant and overweight  Health24 1/19/15. Deirdre Lyell, MD, provides insight.

If your toddler ‘W’ sits you may need to take a closer look  The Stir (Café Mom) 1/16/15. Samantha Dutrow, PT, DPT, CSCS, physical therapist is quoted.

Environment, not genes, dictates human immune variation, study finds  NY Times;; SF Chronicle; Inside Stanford Medicine; Science Daily; Health Canal; EurekaAlert 1/15/15. Cornelia Dekker, MD, study co-author is mentioned.

More collaboration among clinicians may reduce medical errors
  American Journal of Managed Care  1/20/15. Summarizing recent study published in JAMA, Lauren Destino, MD is quoted

Local  high school wrestling champ is better than ever after LPCH surgery  CalHi Sports 1/12/15. Television story about local student athlete who found a solution for his lifelong leg deformation (verrucous hemangioma) with Rohit Khosla, MD.


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