In the News - 2013

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

December 2013

Kids and expectant moms should steer clear of raw milk, 12/16/13 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is featured as the lead author of a new statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

U.S. Congresswoman brings ‘miracle baby’ home The Seattle Times, 12/12/13 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford was mentioned in this article as the place where Abigail Rose Beutler, the daughter of U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, received care.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to open new pediatric specialty clinic in Capitola Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/16/13 Hospital spokesman Robert Dicks was quoted.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford expert provides insight on mysterious and painful condition Kansas City Star, 12/13/13 Pediatric pain management expert Elliot Krane, MD, provides comment in this story.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford grows South Bay presence with Campbell building buy Silicon Valley Business Journal, 12/10/13 Cameron D'Alpe, vice president of ambulatory care for Packard Children’s, was quoted in this article.

Eating disorders a risk for obese adolescents San Francisco Chronicle, 12/4/13 Neville Golden, MD, adolescent medicine specialist, provides comment in this story.

Russian doctors visit Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to learn how to train for neonatal and obstetric emergencies San Francisco Chronicle, 12/3/13 Neonatologist Lou Halamek, MD, was quoted.

Chico family extra thankful for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford PICU teams Chico ER, 11/30/13 Gregory Hammer, MD, pediatric intensive care unit associate director; and pulmonologist David Cornfield, MD, provide comment on the lifesaving care provided to Dominic Vega.

Hospital awarded 2013 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital distinction Reuters, 12/3/13 CEO Christopher G. Dawes and quality improvement expert Paul Sharek, MD, MPH, were quoted.

Doctor explains mysterious Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Inside Edition, 12/3/13 Pediatric pain management expert Elliot Krane, MD, was featured.

November 2013

Study: Offer women IUDs, hormone shots after abortions Reuters, 11/15/13 Gynecologist Paula Hillard, MD, provides comment.

Depression among young people and what can be done San Jose Mercury News, 11/14/13 This story discusses depression among young people and quotes child and adolescent psychiatrist Shashank Joshi, MD.

Just one dose of HPV vaccine could be enough EverydayHealth, 11/4/13 Gynecologist Paula Hillard, MD, gives insight.

Artificial pancreas provides hope for type 1 diabetics BusinessWeek, 11/4/13 Pediatric endocrinologist Bruce Buckingham, MD, provides comment in this article.

October 2013

Diabetes prevention focus of clinical trials San Francisco Chronicle, 10/30/13 Darrell Wilson, MD, pediatric endocrinologist, is quoted.

Screen time’s powerful effect on children The Huffington Post, 10/25/13 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Healthy Weight, provides comment.

Exercise, calcium and Vitamin D needed for strong teen bones NPR, 10/28/13 Neville Golden, MD, adolescent medicine specialist, provides insight into the elements needed for children to grow a strong and healthy bone structure.

Bay Area teen gets heart transplant San Jose Mercury News, 10/15/13 Gavin Jack, a patient who has undergone three open-heart surgeries in two months, received his dream: a new heart.

Girls getting more concussions than before San Francisco Chronicle, 10/8/13 Neurologist Paul Fisher, MD, gives insight.

Childhood illness has long-lasting effects on parents The New York Times, 10/14/13 Study author and child psychiatrist Richard Shaw, MD, provides comment on new Stanford Medicine research.

Study identifies predictors for beating eating disorder San Francisco Chronicle, 10/1/13 Child and adolescent psychiatrist James Lock, MD, PhD, provides comment on eating disorder research, of which he is the lead author.

September 2013

Study: Antidepressant may treat deadly form of lung cancer, 9/26/13 Geneticists Atul Butte, MD, PhD; and Julien Sage, PhD, were quoted and referenced.

Why does chronic pain hurt some people more? Wall Street Journal, 10/8/13 Pediatric pain management expert Elliot Krane, MD, provides comment.

Local couple rides to raise money for rare disease that struck daughter San Jose Mercury News, 10/6/13 Three years after a scare left a Cupertino couple fearing for their daughter Keira’s life, the pair pedaled to Los Angeles with a group of bicyclists determined to raise research money for opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome, commonly known as OMS. Karen Effinger, MD, pediatric hematology-oncologist, provides insight.

Anorexia studies suggest new approach San Francisco Chronicle, 9/25/13 Adolescent medicine specialist Neville Golden, MD, provides comment.

Slightly early birth tied to lower achievement Reuters, 9/30/13 Neonatologist Henry Lee, MD, was quoted in this article.

Study: Changes in household routines help reduce childhood obesity U.S. News & World Report, 9/10/13 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Healthy Weight, was quoted.

Trauma therapy may ease distress for mothers of preemies Reuters Health, 9/5/13 Child psychiatrist Richard Shaw, MD, provides insight.

August 2013

Kids are getting acne younger than ever USA Today, 8/17/13 Dermatologist Latanya Benjamin, MD, provides insight on the increasing trend of pre-adolescent children developing acne.

Smartphones assist parents, doctors with patient care Wall Street Journal, 8/13/13 In this op-ed, Valerie Gribben, MD, praises the benefits of parents using cell phone cameras to take pictures of their children’s medical conditions prior to a visit to the doctor.

Top 10 myths about safe sex and sexual health, 8/5/13 Adolescent medicine specialist Sophia Yen, MD, MPH, gives the facts behind top sexual health misconceptions.

Lipstick eases Newark 8-year-old's struggle with severe cystic fibrosis San Jose Mercury News, 8/13/13 Doris Diaz has been battling cystic fibrosis since she was six months old, but that doesn’t stop her from putting on pink lipstick every morning after brushing her hair and teeth. Pulmonologist Carlos Milla, MD, provides comment.

July 2013

U.S. Congresswoman delivers first baby to survive fatal condition USA Today, 7/30/13 This article focuses on Abigail Rose Beutler, the daughter of U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, who was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome, a rare and usually fatal disease that left the newborn without functioning kidneys.

Hot advice from experts on handling a sunburn Los Angeles Times, 7/26/13 This report provides practical sunburn advice from several dermatologists, including Latanya Benjamin, MD.

Plane crashes at SFO airport, hospitals receive 55 patients, 7/9/13 A number of survivors from the SFO plane crash were treated at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. David Spain, MD; Eric Weiss, MD; Lori Durand; Melva Averhart, Brandon Bond, and Ann Weinacker, MD, were interviewed or referenced in these stories. Additionally, trauma experts Victor Carrion, MD; and Sanno Zack, PhD, provide insight for NBC Bay Area, KGO Radio, Bay Area Parent and KPIX-5 (not available online) on how to discuss traumatic events with children.

Ethicists debate Pennsylvania girl’s second lung transplant USA Today, 7/2/13 Pulmonologist David Cornfield, MD, provides insight into the complications and survival rates of pediatric lung transplant cases.

June 2013

Study: Unique brain pattern could predict autism in youngest children, 6/27/13 Study senior author psychiatrist Vinod Menon, MD, provides comment here and in stories from LA Times’ Science Now,, and

White House honors Atul Butte, MD, PhD, as a “champion of change” White, 6/18/13 The White House honored geneticist Atul Butte, MD, PhD, as a "champion of change" for promoting and using open scientific data and publications to accelerate progress and improve our world.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford scores big with annual U.S. News rankings U.S. News & World Report, 6/11/13 As a recognition of preeminence in caring for children and expectant mothers, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top children’s hospital in Northern California and one of America’s best. CEO Christopher G. Dawes, and School of Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, were quoted.

New sunscreen labels designed to shed light on products Los Angeles Times, 6/10/13 Dermatologist Latanya Benjamin, MD, was quoted in this story.

Dateline NBC features Heart Center patient Lindsey Bingham Dateline NBC (entire segment featured here), TODAY Show, 6/5/13 Lindsey Bingham is finally back home in North Powder, Ore., after a long-awaited heart transplant this past Valentine’s Day. Several members of Packard Children’s Heart Center care teams were interviewed or referenced.

May 2013

Younger children seek acne cure The New York Times, 5/21/13 Dermatologist Latanya Benjamin, MD, provided comment regarding news that says that acne is becoming more common in children ages 7 to 12.

Could vaginal delivery be safer for preemies?, 5/9/13 Very premature babies have fewer breathing problems when they're born through vaginal delivery compared to cesarean section, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Neonatologist Henry Lee, MD, provides comment in this article.

Melanoma Monday: Dermatologist gives skin care tips to avoid deadly skin cancer Huffington Post Live, 5/6/13 Dermatologist Latanya Benjamin, MD, provides tips on protecting the skin from dangerous UV rays in honor of Melanoma Monday.

Study: Kids' brains can predict math tutor benefit The Chart (, 5/2/13 Senior author and psychiatrist Vinod Menon, MD, is quoted in this article.

April 2013

Surgeon succeeds with a heart repair believed so risky that others avoid it San Francisco Chronicle, 4/10/13 Cardiothoracic surgeon Frank Hanley, MD, successfully corrected Brooke Stone’s failing heart with a surgical procedure most hospitals avoid, thus saving her from a heart transplant.

Dish size, meal frequency may affect kids' weight Reuters, 4/8/13 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Healthy Weight, provides comment in this article.

Q&A: Cell-free fetal DNA prenatal screenings The Wall Street Journal, 4/3/13In a Wall Street Journal Q&A on noninvasive prenatal tests, genetic counseling supervisor Joanne Taylor is quoted.

March 2013

Kari Nadeau, MD, ‘the allergy buster’ The New York Times Magazine (additional NYTimes link here), 3/13/13 A cover story in the New York Times Sunday Magazine features the work and life of allergist and immunologist Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, and discusses her research to help children with severe food allergies.

Shortage of specialists potentially hinders care for children Huffington Post, 3/8/13 Urologist William Kennedy, MD, is quoted in this article on the state of children’s healthcare in the U.S.

Study: Traffic smog tied to serious birth defects, 3/29/13 Lead author Amy Padula, PhD, and senior author Gary Shaw, PhD, are quoted or referenced.

February 2013

Certain television fare can help ease aggression in young children, study finds The New York Times, 2/18/13 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Healthy Weight, provides comment here and in an article on

How advertising targets children The New York Times, 2/11/13 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Healthy Weight, is quoted about the link between screen time and childhood obesity.

January 2013

Bay Area’s most devoted ‘Niners’ fan is ready for Super Bowl Sunday San Jose Mercury News, 1/30/13 When Jacob Murphy checked in to Packard Children’s for cardiomyopathy, heart problems didn’t stop this die-hard fan from watching the Super Bowl.

Eclampsia kills ‘Downton Abbey’ leading lady ABC, 1/28/13 Obstetrician Maurice Druzin, MD, comments on a heart-wrenching episode of “Downton Abbey,” where a main character died of eclampsia.

Dealing with tween acne TLC Parentables, 1/17/13 Dermatologist Latanya Benjamin, MD, gives parents tips on how to help their kids cope with pimples and other skin issues.