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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.

Teen heart transplant recipient celebrates launch of new heart-healthy cookbook Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 4/30/19 When Justin Wang was two-years-old, he was diagnosed with Loeffler’s syndrome, a rare disease of the heart lining. At age four he underwent his first open heart surgery at Packard Children’s, and last April he received a heart transplant. One-year post-transplant Justin is celebrating with his wish from Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to publish a cookbook with heart healthy recipes. The cookbook was unveiled at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford this week.

NBC Bay Area & AACI celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Dr. Stephanie Chao NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 4/30/19 Stephanie Chao, MD, has been nominated as an honoree by the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) organization for her work in children’s health and in the Asian community, and will be recognized at a ceremony at NBC Bay Area in May.

Bay Area families cope with ‘epidemic’ in food allergies Mercury News 4/29/19 With food allergies on the rise, doctors are struggling to understand what causes them. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, explains some of the possible reasons behind the epidemic and the treatment available.

Steve Young: Football needs ‘sea change’ in approach to concussions The Mercury News 4/28/19 This article highlights the recent Stanford Sports Concussion Summit which included a panel discussion with former 49ers quarterback Steve Young and Gary Steinberg, MD (the 49ers’ team neurosurgeon during the 1990s), and William Maloney, MD (team physician for the 49ers and the Golden State Warriors). The talk was moderated by Jamshid Ghajar, MD.

Also see: NBC Bay Area (video), NBC Bay Area (online article); CBS Bay Area

Teen Cancer America announces new advisory council Third-party press release 4/25/19 Gerald Grant, MD, is a member of the Teen Cancer America Board of Directors and is mentioned in this press release.

Why aren’t men talking about fertility? Glamour Magazine online 4/22/19 Studies show that about a third of all cases of infertility is attributed to male issues. The article describes why the burden of fertility challenges falls disproportionally on women. Michael Eisenberg, MD, is interviewed.

Peer networks drive software decisions among hospital CIOs Modern Healthcare 4/20/19 Article discusses the ways rankings and peer reviews are used to drive EHR software decisions for hospitals. Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Children’s Health, is interviewed.

This care bundle cut pediatric cardiac surgical site infections by 74% HealthLeaders 4/19/19 Thomas Caruso, MD, is featured.

Women getting C-sections best judge of own pain medication needs Stanford Medicine News Center 4/19/19 New Stanford-led research tested an approach that allowed women to choose the level of pain management they wanted during a cesarean section. Brendan Carvalho, MD, is lead author of the study and is quoted in the press release, and Pamela Flood, MD, is senior author of the study.

Tad and Dianne Taube Commit $6 Million to the Stanford University School of Medicine for pediatric cancer research Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Press Release 4/18/19 Silicon Valley philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube have committed $6 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine to establish the Taube Initiative in Pediatric Cancer Research, which will further the development of innovative therapies to improve the cure rates for childhood cancer. Mary Leonard, MD, is quoted in the press release.

Media coverage of violent events is found to fuel a cycle of stress Los Angeles Times 4/18/19 A new study has found viewing media coverage of traumatic events may fuel long-term distress. David Spiegel, MD, who was not involved with the study, provides comment on how our brains process images of traumatic events.

Orygen and The Jed Foundation launch #chatsafe in the U.S., first evidence-based guidelines to help young people talk safely online about suicide Third-party press release 4/17/19 Orygen, in collaboration with the Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, and The Jed Foundation (JED), announced the U.S. launch of #chatsafe: A young person's guide for communicating safely online about suicide. Originally launched in Australia, the guidelines are now available in the U.S.

Workshop explores the future of artificial intelligence in medical imaging News Medical Life Sciences 4/17/19 A National Institutes of Health workshop explored the future of AI in medical imaging. Curtis Langlotz, MD, is quoted.

Risky AEDs still prescribed to women of childbearing age Medscape 4/17/19 (Registration may be required; for a copy of the article please email Kate DeTrempeHyunmi Kim, MD, is quoted.

Some viruses help protect harmful bacteria in CF patients Stanford Medicine News Center 4/17/19 Some viruses sequester antibiotics in the lungs of CF patients, possibly helping drug-resistant bacterial infections develop in the face of large antibiotic doses, a Stanford-led study has shown. Elizabeth Burgener, MD, is lead author, and Carlos Milla, MD, is a co-senior author.

Gene therapy advances to better treat ‘bubble boy’ disease All Things Considered (NPR) 4/17/19 This segment discussed the latest gene therapy advances for treating severe combined immunodeficiency disease, or SCID. Matthew Porteus, MD, is interviewed.

Physicians exploring new approaches to glioblastoma Clinical Oncology News 4/12/19 One major challenge thwarting efforts to improve treatments for the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma is developing drugs that can cross the blood-brain barrier. Gerald Grant, MD, is quoted.

You’ve apparently been lying to yourself every time you get a “sugar rush” 4/11/19 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, is quoted.

CRISPR yields new potential “bubble boy” gene therapy Stanford Medicine News Center 4/10/19 Stanford scientists and collaborators have harnessed CRISPR to replace the mutated gene underpinning the immune disease, SCID-X1, in mice. Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted.

What is pediatric and adolescent gynecology? Contemporary OB/GYN 4/9/19 In this opinion piece, Paula Hillard, MD, discusses her role in providing care to girls, adolescents, and young adult women at the Stanford Program for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

Prenatal testing can ease minds or heighten anxieties NPR 4/8/19 Segment and article explore the growth of the prenatal genetic testing industry. Meg Homeyer, genetic counseling supervisor, provides comment on how Stanford Children’s Health’s genetic counseling program helps prospective parents make sense of complex genetic test results, implications and risk.

How Juul took a page from big tobacco's playbook Wall Street Journal 4/3/19 Some experts say in its early days Juul mirrored the tobacco industry’s promotional playbook in an effort to hook young people. Robert Jackler, MD, is featured in this video about Juul use.

Fertility services are becoming the hottest, new employee benefit. Here's why Fortune 4/3/19 Jennifer Conti, MD, MS, MSc, is mentioned.

You missed a spot! Patchy sunscreen application leaves skin vulnerable to cancer NPR 4/3/19 Skin on eyelids can be particularly susceptible to sunburns. Andrea Kossler, MD, is quoted.

Improving patient outcomes from the bedside to the journals  Children’s Hospitals Today 4/3/19 Article profiles nurse-scientist Kimberly Pyke-Grimm, PhD, RN, CNS, her research exploring how teen and young adult patients make treatment decisions about genomic cancer treatments, and her to motivation improve outcomes for this patient population.

Ralph Greco, pioneering advocate of work-life balance for surgery trainees, dies at 76 Stanford Medicine News Center 4/3/19 Claudia Mueller, MD, and Bryan Bohman MD, are quoted in this obituary of Ralph Greco, MD, who created the first program to promote well-being among general surgery residents in the United States.

Stanford Children’s Health, UCSF team up to fund innovation in pediatric care San Francisco Business Times 4/2/19 Article shares highlights from the Pediatric Innovation Showcase held at Stanford on Friday, March 29. It focuses on the collaboration between Stanford Children’s Health and UCSF and the growth of the pediatric device market. Charlette Stallworth, VP of strategic partnerships, is featured.

How can doctors be sure a self-taught computer is making the right diagnosis? All Things Considered (NPR) 4/1/19 This segment discussed the promises and pitfalls of applying artificial intelligence (AI) to medical care. Matthew Lungren, MD, is featured.

Clearing the air about e-cigarettes, vaping, nicotine and health Washington Post 4/1/19 This article discusses how people under the age of 25 are more susceptible to becoming addicted to nicotine. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, provides comment.

Ask the doctor: Risky business Bay Area Parent April 2019 Katherine Hill, MD, and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, authored this article, which addresses questions related to teen health, including weight control, drug and tobacco use, and sexual health.

Teens need Zs Bay Area Parent April 2019 Caroline Okorie, MD, is quoted in this article about teen sleep.

How to deal with a cancer diagnosis Huffington Post 3/29/19 In this piece, experts share what patients and families can do to manage anxiety after a cancer diagnosis. David Spiegel, MD, is quoted.

Want to keep nurses at the bedside? Here’s how. HealthLeaders 3/27/19 Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, VP of patient care services and chief nursing officer, discusses the importance of fostering a healthy work environment and offering professional development programs in this feature article about recruiting and retaining nurses.

The risks to babies of older fathers New York Times 3/25/19 Michael Eisenberg, MD, is quoted.

Cancer therapy's impact on cognitive function The Future of Everything (Stanford Radio) 3/25/19 In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, discussed immunotherapy as a promising new approach to the treatment of brain cancer in children.

In Juul crackdown, some see ‘double standard’ for SF smoking rules San Francisco Chronicle 3/24/19 Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Low adoption of telemedicine may spur patient migration away from traditional providers Modern Healthcare 3/23/19 Stanford Children’s Health is featured in this article about the increased integration of telehealth in medical practice. The article highlights the increase in virtual visits at Stanford Children’s Health, which rose from just 192 in 2017 to more than 1,100 in 2018, and more than 1,500 already in the first few months of 2019. Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is interviewed.

Reducing C-section rates doesn't harm mother or baby Medscape 3/22/19 An almost 25 percent reduction in cesarean deliveries for low-risk pregnancies in a California hospital quality improvement initiative did not result in worse maternal or neonatal outcomes, according to a new study. Elliott Main, MD, is quoted.

Impact Pediatric Health announces results of startup pitch competition at SXSW 2019 Press Release 3/22/19 Stanford Children’s Health, one of seven children’s health care organizations that makes up the Impact Pediatric Health organization, is mentioned.

Pioneering pediatric transplant surgeon Oscar Salvatierra dies The Almanac 3/21/19 Oscar Salvatierra Jr., MD, professor emeritus of surgery and of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and a leader in the effort to enact national legislation regulating organ donation, died March 16 at his home in Menlo Park, California. Waldo Concepcion, MD, is quoted in this obituary.

Music therapy may benefit children on hemodialysis Healio 3/21/19 The hospital’s music therapist, Rebekah Martin, is mentioned.

Touching gift from nurse brings teen awaiting transplant to tears NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 3/21/19 Colin James, RN, a nurse at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, gave a guitar signed by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to a 15-year-old patient awaiting a kidney transplant. James and music therapist Rebekah Martin are featured in this segment.

This company wants to help women hack their fertility 3/20/19 Lynn Westphal, MD, is interviewed in this article about the validity of at-home fertility testing products.

To help fight vaping, schools look to their own students CNN 3/18/19 Teen vaping is on the rise and schools are searching for solutions. This segment highlights a pilot program designed to teach middle and high schoolers about the potential dangers of vaping and how to deliver that message to their fellow students and resist peer pressure that experts say has contributed to students' vaping. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is featured.

Inspirational athlete with Nathalie Morales from North Salinas Basketball Cal-Hi Sports 3/17/19 Segment profiles a teen patient who was treated for a rare type of sarcoma at Packard Children’s. Allison Pribnow, MD, is interviewed.

Opinion: Teens with anti-vax parents should have right to be vaccinated Mercury NewsEast Bay Times 3/17/19 Recent outbreaks of measles raise the issue of whether teens should have the right to be vaccinated even if their parents are opposed. This op-ed, written by Alyssa Burgart, MD, argues that teens should be able to make that decision.

Boy, 15, receives Ed Sheeran autographed guitar from nurse while awaiting kidney transplant Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 3/15/19 Awaiting a kidney transplant, 15-year-old aspiring musician and Ed Sheeran fan, Kayano Lizardo-Bristow, received a surprising gift from Colin James, RN, at Packard Children’s Hospital.
Also see: ABC RadioAppeal Democrat
Original press release: Nurse gifts guitar inscribed by Ed Sheeran to teen undergoing kidney dialysis

Becker’s 10th Annual Meeting Speaker Series Questions with Dennis Lund, Chief Medical Officer for Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Becker’s Hospital Review 3/13/19 Dennis Lund, MD, is interviewed.

A voice for families in need Our Health California 3/12/19 Article spotlights the hospital’s Family Advisory Council, a group of parents and caregivers, and outlines how families’ experiences helped shape the new hospital building design.

With metabolic profiles of children, new center hopes to head off disease early Stanford News 3/12/19 Researchers from throughout Stanford Medicine are planning to study thousands of metabolites in babies, children and pregnant women to understand the origins of disease. Karl Sylvester, MD, is co-director of the new Metabolic Health Center alongside Michael Snyder, PhD, and is quoted in this press release.

Just say no: Scrutinizing the harms of overly intense medical care for kids Scope 3/12/19 Pediatricians can improve the risk-benefit profile of many common interventions by scaling back what they do, according to a new review article. Alan Schroeder, MD, is quoted in this article.

Treating children with scoliosis US News & World Report 3/9/19 Most kids who have scoliosis never require treatment. For those who do, it ranges from bracing to surgery. Article profiles the experience of a Packard Children’s patient being treated with an innovative magnetic technology. Lawrence Rinsky, MD, is quoted.

Disease detectives Ivanhoe Broadcast News 3/9/19 Some patients have medical symptoms so rare that doctors are left baffled; misdiagnosis often follows. Segment profiles two patients who were misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy before undergoing whole genome sequencing at the Stanford Center for Undiagnosed Diseases. Jon Bernstein, MD, PhD, is interviewed.

International Women’s Day: 3 women to know in health IT HealthTech Magazine 3/8/19 Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is featured.

U.S. states with stricter gun controls have fewer mass shootings Newsweek 3/6/19 U.S. states with stricter gun controls have fewer reported mass shootings, and states with higher levels of gun ownership also see more mass shootings. Stephanie Chao, MD, is quoted.  

Virtual reality hypnosis cuts post-op pain, anxiety in kids Medscape 3/6/19 Virtual reality hypnosis can reduce the need for postoperative opioids and anti-anxiety medication, and lead to improved outcomes in children, new research suggests. David Spiegel, MD, who was not involved with the study, is quoted.

New study confirms measles vaccine does not cause autism KQED Forum 3/5/19 Amid an outbreak of measles and other preventable diseases, a new study of more than 650,000 children supports prior research asserting that the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine does not increase the risk for autism. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the issue on the radio program.
Also see: USA Today

Inspirational athlete with Robby Cleveland from Liberty Basketball Cal-Hi Sports 3/3/19 The story of a high school athlete who collapsed without warning during basketball practice. Airlifted to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, he was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM). After undergoing two surgeries to repair the ruptured blood vessel, he made a rapid recovery and within two months was back on the court. Gerald Grant, MD, provides comment.

Healthcare leaders' top advice for hospitals considering clinical partnerships Becker’s Hospital Review 2/28/19 Charlette Stallworth, VP of strategic partnerships, provides comment.

Impact Pediatric Health announces twelve finalists for startup pitch competition at SXSW 2019 Press Release 2/27/19 Stanford Children’s Health, one of seven children’s health care organizations that makes up the Impact Pediatric Health organization, is mentioned.

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.