News Coverage

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.

Stanford Children’s Health looks beyond numbers to propel telehealth mHealthIntelligence 2/25/19 Stanford Children’s Health aims to double its telehealth visits in 2019; its providers are looking to create a connected care network that highlights access and convenience rather than numbers. Vandna Mittal, director of digital health, provides comment.

Rare pulmonary defect prompts parents’ nationwide search for answers Stanford Medicine News Center 2/21/19 With no blood flow to his right lung, infant Carter Johnson was diagnosed with a rare condition called absent right pulmonary artery. His parents turned to Stanford Children’s Health for help.

Surgeries filmed for virtual reality now available on Oculus headsets MedGadget 2/20/19 The hospital is mentioned.

For parents of ill children, a growing recognition of PTSD Wall Street Journal 2/19/19 Article discusses post-traumatic stress among parents of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The work of Richard Shaw, MD, is mentioned.

First pediatrician elected to Congress prioritizes health care, gun safety
American Academy of Pediatrics 2/19/19 Newly elected congresswoman Kim Schrier, MD, who completed her residency at Packard Children’s, represents Washington state’s 8th district and will prioritize children’s issues.

Trustees address Stanford’s national, regional and global engagement Stanford Daily 2/19/19 Stanford’s off-campus engagement was a central theme of its Board of Trustees’ February 11-12 meetings, which included a presentation from Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health and Packard Children’s Hospital.

Stanford Children’s Health share key takeaways from WSJ Tech Health. LinkedIn 2/15/19 Stanford Children’s Health executives and physicians comment on highlights from the recent Wall Street Journal Tech Health event. Matthew Lungren, MD, Grace Lee, MD, Vanda Mittal, director of digital health, and Anshul Pande, chief technology officer, are quoted. Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, and Charlette Stallworth, VP strategic partnerships, are mentioned.

Bloodless open-heart surgery benefits tiny pediatric patient Children’s Hospitals Today 2/13/19 Weighing 7 pounds, Lola was less than half the weight usually considered for bloodless heart surgery. For Lola's cardiothoracic surgical care team at Packard Children's, this meant her case required a novel approach.          

Why combining nurse perspective with scientific approach improves care Becker’s Hospital Review 2/12/19 A nurse-scientist at Packard Children's is using her experience as a pediatric oncology nurse to examine how teens and young adults with cancer make decisions.

Kopetsky receives 2018 CIO of the Year award Health Data Management 2/12/19 CIO Ed Kopetsky received the 2018 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award at the 2019 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum.

CDC: PCPs must help curb growing youth tobacco ‘crisis’ Healio 2/11/19 The CDC has recently urged primary care physicians to step up their efforts to identify smokers among their patients who are younger than 18. Research by Robert Jackler, MD, is mentioned.

100 hospital and health system CIOs to know | 2019 Becker’s Hospital Review 2/11/19
CIO Ed Kopetsky is included in Becker’s 2019 annual CIO list.

Stanford, UCSF consortium fosters innovation in pediatric medical devices Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Few medical devices are approved specifically for babies and children. Researchers at Stanford and the University of California-San Francisco are working to develop new medical devices through the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, established last year with an award of $6.7 million from the FDA. James Wall, MD, is quoted.

5 Questions: Robert Jackler says Juul spurs ‘nicotine arms race’ Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Robert Jackler, MD, discusses the rapid rise of e-cigarettes among youth and the impact of Juul, a high-nicotine vaping device. Jackler has found that the high nicotine content of Juul has prompted other e-cigarette manufacturers to increase their nicotine levels, spurring a "nicotine arms race."

Stanford releases 2017–18 fundraising results Stanford News 2/11/19 In 2017–18, gifts to Stanford provided $1.1 billion for financial aid, interdisciplinary research, faculty support and patient care. Funds raised for key priorities across the university included $99.3 million for Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, which includes Packard Children’s and the new Stanford Hospital.

Dance Marathon surpasses previous fundraising by $12,000 Stanford Daily 2/11/19 Stanford University Dance Marathon has raised over $75,000 for Packard Children’s, surpassing its fundraising total from last year.

19 trends, technologies and techniques that will change the way children's hospitals deliver care Children’s Hospitals Today 2/1/19 Article spotlights trends and innovations in pediatric healthcare, including virtual reality, organ donor compatibility, NICU MRI advances and gene editing research at Stanford. Stanford Children’s Health is featured; David Axelrod, MD, John Dykes, MD, and Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD, provide comment.

The quandary of genetic testing when you’re pregnant KQED Science 2/11/19 Segment and article explore the growth of the prenatal genetic testing industry, including the more extensive “expanded carrier screening” for inherited genetic risks. Meg Homeyer, genetic counseling supervisor, provides commentary on how Stanford Children’s Health’s genetic counseling program helps prospective parents make sense of complex genetic test results, implications and risk.

Packard nurse aims to advance patient care through research Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Article profiles Kimberly Pyke-Grimm, a nurse-scientist at Packard Children’s, who’s discovered a passion for science and advocates for bringing the nursing perspective into clinical research.

Stanford, UCSF consortium fosters innovation in pediatric medical devices Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Few medical devices are approved specifically for babies and children. Researchers at Stanford and the University of California-San Francisco are working to develop new medical devices through the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, established last year with an award of $6.7 million from the FDA. James Wall, MD, is quoted.

Stanford releases 2017-18 fundraising results Stanford News 2/11/19 Stanford Children’s Health and the hospital are mentioned.

Juul ramped up nicotine levels, study says, and competitors followed CNN 2/7/19 Segment and article discuss concerns over increased nicotine concentrations in e-cigarettes. Robert Jackler, MD, senior author of a study that asserts Juul has sparked nicotine one-upmanship in the e-cigarette industry, is interviewed.

Also see: Fortune,, Stanford Medicine News Center

102 women in health IT to know | 2019 Becker’s Hospital Review 2/7/19 Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Children’s Health, is included in this list of women who are making significant contributions to health IT.

Children at risk for cancer find hope with new preventive treatment Stanford Daily 2/6/19 Article highlights the research of Agnieszka Czechowicz, MD, who is working on a preventive, gene therapy solution to help children born with diseases, such as certain types of anemia, accept healthy stem cells and avoid radiation and other toxic treatments that are currently necessary. Harvey Cohen, MD, is also quoted.

Some states allow parents to get out of vaccinations CNN 1/29/19 Article and segment examine the recent measles outbreaks in Washington state and Oregon. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment on vaccine exemptions that allow parents to opt out if they have religious, personal, moral or philosophical beliefs against immunizations.

What does screen time do to toddler brains? San Jose Mercury News 1/29/19 A new study has found that, when used in excess, screen time can have consequences for children’s development. David Wanderman, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Children’s Health who was not involved with the study, provides comment.

Balancing the risks and benefits of opioids for children New York Times 1/28/19 Prescribing opioids to children raises a host of questions. Pediatric pain specialists including Elliot Krane, MD, offer their perspectives.

The vape company Juul said it doesn’t target teens. Its early ads tell a different story. Vox 1/25/19 A new analysis of Juul’s marketing campaign suggests it targeted youth from its inception. Robert Jackler, MD, led the research and is quoted.

A roadmap of Stanford Children's telehealth program: 6 questions with Dr. Dennis Lund Becker’s Hospital Review 1/25/19 Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, discusses how Stanford Children's telehealth program works, how Stanford supports its clinicians with telehealth and what makes the program unique.

How to stop rogue gene editing of human embryos New York Times 1/23 Some U.S. researchers knew of a Chinese scientist’s intentions to implant edited embryos but were unable to stop him. Matthew Porteus, MD, was among those scientists who expressed strong opposition to the experiment. Now scientific institutions are trying to devise global safeguards.

13 of the best virtual reality uses in industry to date Forbes 1/23/18 The Forbes Technology Council shares the best uses of VR and reasons why these cases are so effective. Packard Children’s use of virtual 3D imaging software for surgery is highlighted in the medical treatment and diagnosis category.

Advice to healthcare CIOs: Be willing to share wins and losses Tech Target January 2019 Being a successful CIO means building relationships across the healthcare industry and establishing a good team within an organization, says CIO of the Year Ed Kopetsky. In this Q & A, Kopetsky talks about the challenges healthcare CIOs face and why networking is key to success.

Also see: Becker’s Hospital Review

Paul King appointed president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health Stanford Daily 1/23/19 On November 2, Packard Children’s and Stanford Children’s Health appointed Paul King the organization’s new president and CEO.  Jeff Chambers, board chair, is interviewed about the appointment; Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of Stanford School of Medicine, is quoted.

The FDA is considering drugs to help kids quit vaping CNN 1/18/19 The FDA is considering the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products, with medical organizations and vaping groups weighing in during a recent public hearing on how to address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth.  Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: CNN 1/11/19

Engineered immune cells target broad range of pediatric solid tumors in mice Stanford Medicine News Center 1/17/19 In mouse studies, a Stanford-led team including Robbie Majzner, MD, and Crystal Mackall, MD, has developed an engineered immune cell that eliminates several types of childhood tumors. The innovation may help patients with relapsed or metastatic disease.

Also see: Science Daily

To lead well, think hard about the legacy that you'll leave Forbes 1/16/19 Forbes recaps the legacy-defining insights of social sector leaders, including Chris Dawes, former president and CEO of Packard Children’s and Stanford Children's Health. Like the other profiled leaders, Dawes left behind a powerful engine of impact that will drive positive change beyond his tenure; in his case, that includes a focus on mission and vision.

New food allergy tests hold hope for reliable results Allergic Living 1/16/19 New diagnostic tests are being developed that aim to more accurately diagnose a patient’s food allergy. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

This artificial heart can save the youngest patients CNET 1/15/19 This magazine piece discusses medical advances in ventricular assist device systems, which help the youngest patients survive until a new heart becomes available. David Rosenthal, MD, provides comment.  

For children with cancer, hope for new treatment Wall Street Journal  1/15/19 Federal legislation that takes effect in 2020 requires pharmaceutical companies to test potential cancer treatments on children as well as adults. Crystal Mackall, MD, and Norman Lacayo, MD, provide context.

Also see: BioSpace

Stanford Health launches an online program for second opinions Digital Commerce 360 1/14/19 Research says that one in five patients learns they had been misdiagnosed after getting another take on their medical condition by a new doctor; Stanford Medicine is looking to rectify this through digital healthcare. Packard Children’s and Stanford Children Health are mentioned.

Expanding care for kids through telehealth Healthier, Happy Lives Blog 1/14/10 This year, Stanford Children’s Health plans to more than double its telehealth services – from 1,100 visits in 2018 to 2,500 visits in 2019. The pediatric medical network is also offering patients and their families better access to Stanford Medicine pediatric experts through digital health technology.

Also see: PatientEngagementHIT, Healthcare Informatics, Becker’s Hospital Review,, Stanford Medicine News Center, Stanford Daily

Pain relief during labor varies across U.S. Reuters 1/11/19 Access to pain relief during childbirth in the U.S. may vary depending on where women live, a study suggests. Alexander Butwick, MD, provides comment.

Q&A: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital CIO Ed Kopetsky on Embracing Health IT Innovation HealthTech 1/11/19 Named Healthcare CIO of the year, Ed Kopetsky speaks to the pitfalls and promise of working in health technology.

Also see: Healthcare Informatics, Stanford News
Original press release:
Stanford Children’s Health Chief Information Officer receives Healthcare CIO of the Year Award

‘Why is there not something better?’ Teen creates DNA test for food allergies San Francisco Chronicle 1/10/19 A local high-school student is hoping to develop a test that looks for genetic markers that a person is allergic — not just sensitive — to certain foods. The teen has been working with Joseph Hernandez, MD, is quoted.

JUUL’s answer to its PR crisis? The millennial Marlboro Man Wired 1/8/19 The e-cigarette company JUUL, fighting accusations of targeting an addictive product to young people, is planning a national TV ad campaign featuring adults who used the product to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. Robert Jackler, MD, provides insights.

Stanford doctor finds strict gun regulations linked to lower adolescent firearm deaths Stanford Daily 1/8/19 States with strict gun laws have lower rates of gun deaths among children and teenagers, and laws to keep guns away from minors are linked with fewer gun suicides in this age group, a Stanford study has found. Senior author Stephanie Chao, MD, is quoted.

When the illness is a mystery, patients turn to these detectives New York Times 1/7/19 More than 100 patients afflicted by mysterious illnesses have been diagnosed through a network of detective-doctors who investigate unidentified diseases, reports a study conducted by scientists at the School of Medicine and multiple collaborating institutes. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network — a program created by the National Institutes of Health — now has 12 clinics nationwide, including one at Stanford. Euan Ashley, MD, the network’s co-chair, is quoted in this piece.

This Stanford Children's Health executive was just named CIO of the Year by HIMSS, CHIME FierceHealthcare 1/7/19 Article highlights CIO Ed Kopetsky’s career, his contributions to healthcare IT and his leadership in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
Also see: Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare IT News, Becker’s Hospital Review

New treatments for peanut allergies sound promising, but questions remain Washington Post 1/5/19 Tina Sindher, MD, provides comment on new treatments for peanut allergies.

Controversy grows over teens ‘juuling’ at school KTVA-Alaska/Ivanhoe newswire 1/3/19 More than 3.5 million teens used e-cigarettes last year; the U.S. Surgeon General is calling vaping an epidemic among adolescents. According to Stanford research, most kids don’t realize the serious health risks vaping engenders. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is interviewed.

Related content: New York Times, Business Insider, San Francisco Chronicle

Virtual reality transforms hospital stay for kids WNDU-South Bend, IN 1/3/19 Segment explores how Packard Children’s Chariot program helps alleviate anxiety for children undergoing medical procedures. Tom Caruso, MD, Sam Rodriguez, MD, and Molly Pearson, child life specialist, are interviewed.

Related content: Becker’s Hospital Review

Using nurse leader rounding to improve patient experience PatientEngagementHIT 1/2/19 Kelly Johnson, VP of patient care services and chief nursing officer, is interviewed on transforming the patient experience through nurse leader rounding, personalized care and other key patient experience drivers.

VR in healthcare is changing the patient care game TechTarget January 2019 Healthcare professionals are using virtual reality to provide better care for patients and better training for doctors. David Axelrod, MD, comments on the Stanford Virtual Heart; Christine Be, child life specialist, comments on the Chariot program’s use of VR.