In the News - 2014

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, extraordinary care to children and expectant mothers. Following is a sampling of these media appearances.

December 2014

Fifty-plus years of Sunshine: Long-time Stanford neonatologist discusses his career KQED Forum, Scope 12/15/14 Neonatologist Philip Sunshine, MD, discussed with host Michael Krasny, the fifty-plus years he’s been caring for preemies.

Rare disease makes baby almost untouchable Yahoo; NY Daily News; various CBS-TV affiliates 12/18-12/19/14 One family’s story of facing the great challenge of having a baby with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Alfred Lane, MD provides comment.

Using big data to tackle alarm fatigue MedCity News 12/17/14 Veena Goel, MD, is the featured expert for the article and is quoted throughout the report.

South Bascom Pediatrics joins Stanford Medicine Children’s HealthBusinessWire; Businessweek; 12/17/14 Coverage following press release announcing South Bascom Pediatrics of Los Gatos becoming part of the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Network.

Children's Hospital holds Winter Faire San Jose Mercury News; The Reporter (AP) 12/18/14 Photos and information about the hospital’s holiday celebration for patients.

14-year-old girl gets Christmas wish early ABC 7, WABC (New York), 12/15/14 Interview with heart transplant patient Lizzie Johnson and her family.

Why is baby still getting up at night?;Kansas City Star; Idaho Statesman; Johnson City Press; and various syndicated news media 12/15/14 This article lists five reasons that could explain why a baby is crying at night. Nanci Yuan, MD is quoted.

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker establishes allergy center at Stanford San Francisco Chronicle; Washington Post; Forbes; Fortune; and various national & global publications. 12/18/14 Announcement of $24 million donation from Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker to establish an allergy research center at the School of Medicine.

Infertility in men linked to other health problems; 12/15/14 A study of men who were evaluated for the cause of their infertility. Lead author Michael Eisenberg, MD is quoted.

Oversold prenatal tests spur some to choose abortions Boston Globe; NYTimes Parenting Blog 12/14/14 Athena Cherry, PhD provides comment.

New video game style technology used to help educate children and their family members about upcoming surgeries and procedures Health Tech Weekly 12/12/14 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health collaborated with Lighthaus, Inc. a company that creates video game style animations to create educational, interactive 3D videos.

Poor semen quality in young men may predict future health issues 12/11/14 Vascular, heart and skin disease, as well as hypertension, are among the ailments linked to poor semen quality in the Stanford University study. Barry Behr, MD and Michael Eisenberg, MD are quoted.

High blood sugar linked to reduced brain growth in children with type 1 Diabetes Scope 12/11/14 The new study, conducted at Stanford and four other universities. Allan Reiss, MD, and Bruce Buckingham, MD are the study leaders and cited in the blog.

Children's Hospital switching to old name, creating Valley Children’s Healthcare network Fresno Bee, Fresno Business Journal, Bakersfield Californian, Visalia Times-Delta 12/10-12/11/14 News following a press release was issued on 12/10 announcing a name change for plus an expanded partnership between Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Valley Children’s Hospital.

Elaborate Christmas light display benefitting Packard patient Contra Costa Times, 12/10/14 Concord man built an elaborate Christmas light production to help fund medical expenses for his neighbor, Katie Grace Groebner, who is recovering from a heart-and-lung transplant she had at the hospital.

Ana Stenzel honored for organ donation work after her death CBS Bay Area 12/9/14 A story centered on an event at the hospital on Monday 12/8, led by the California Transplant Donor Network and Tissue Bank International.

Expert in global health to join Stanford Medicine faculty Stanford Medical Report, Inside Stanford Medicine, 12/8/14 Global health expert Gary Darmstadt, MD, will join the School of Medicine faculty as a professor of pediatrics.

Fighters give back, Fight Network 12/7/14 Video produced by SHOOTMedia depicting the MMA fighters’ visit to the hospital, where they chatted bedside with several patients in the Cancer Center.

Better communication between caregivers reduces medical errors Medical Xpress, Health Canal& 12/5/14 A study across nine children's hospitals, testing the effects of a standardized method for medical residents to hand off information about pediatric patients when residents change shifts.

Compassionate cause emerges from heartbreaking loss for Ranier couple The Daily News 12/4/14 Article about a family’s tragic loss, and their efforts to create a giving opportunity in their daughter’s memory.

New blood tests aim to predict food allergies - and severity Allergic Living, 12/04/14 Article written by the mother of a child with food allergies, quotes Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, who describes several types of allergy tests available.

SVH NICU provides a lifeline close to home for premature, critically ill babies Monterey County Herald 12/3/14 Salinas Valley Health’s (SVH) NICU is operated in partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University Medical Center.

CDC expert says enterovirus may have caused paralysis Dallas Morning News 12/3/14 The article refers to five cases observed last spring at the hospital.

Interventional Radiology Program leads the way with a child-friendly approach TMCnet, Una Página de Noticias,, Businessweek, and other online news media 12/2/14 Press release, Glen Seidel, MD and Matt Lungren, MD are quoted.

Stanford-led study suggests changes to brain scanning guidelines for preemies Scope 12/1/14 Main study author Susan Hintz, MD is quoted.

'Brain-normalizing' therapy points to new kind of biomarker SFARI 12/1/14 Findings based on study published in Brain Imaging and Behavior, Grace Gengoux, PhD is quoted.

November 2014

The power of positivity: San Mateo teen battles challenges with courage San Mateo Daily Journal 11/28/14 Local teen’s story.

“Less is more:” Eating wisely, with delight, during the holidays Scope, Healthier, Happy Lives Blog 11/26/14 Healthy holiday eating advice from Maya Adam, MD.

Giving thanks amidst facing challenges 11/26/14 Author mentioned the hospital for treating his granddaughter.

Students raise $5000 for family whose son will undergo heart surgery in December Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, IL) 11/26/14 Story about a family whose 6-year-old son will be undergoing open heart surgery this month.

Fremont preschool forced to close after cabinet falls and injures 2 toddlers KTVU, Fox 2, 11/25/14 One of the toddlers was airlifted here.

Taking a Bite out of Food Allergies Scope, 11/24/14 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is mentioned.

Genetic clues of severe food allergy Science 2.0 11/22/14 The hospital was cited as a co-author on this study.

Early Support Program for Autism connects families to autism resources Yahoo; CNBC; BusinessWeek; and various online news media, 11/17/14 Antonio Hardan, MD, and Grace Gengoux, PhD, were quoted.

Mom selling hot tamales for son's heart transplant Statesman Journal, 11/18/14 One family’s story as they prepare for their son’s possible heart transplant at the hospital.

Parents gather to talk, seek advice Palo Alto Weekly 11/14/14 Shashank Joshi, MD, along with Sami Hartley, school mental health coordinator for our hospital and the HEARD Alliance are featured. Other mentions found on, 11/15/14

Fertility parties are attracting more and more women across the country CBS This Morning, 11/12/14 This segment features Valerie Baker, MD.

Eighty-something “Neonatology Superhero” still at it Scope, 11/14/14 Longtime Stanford neonatologist Philip Sunshine, MD, is featured.

A healthy APPetite: 7 new apps for healthy eating Food Network Blog, 11/12/14 Our team’s award-winning Pediatric Weight Control Program is cited.

Google wants to store your genome MIT Technology Review, 11/6/14 Atul Butte, MD, provides comment.

Parents of autistic kids benefit from group classes about autism therapy San Francisco Chronicle, 11/10/14 Our recent study is cited.

Study: Group support, education key to learning about autism The Village Daily Sun, 11/15/14 Study co-author Kari Berquist, PhD, is quoted.

October 2014

Heart transplant recipient celebrates historic 30-year anniversary NBC Bay Area, 10/8/14 Daniel Bernstein, MD; Philip Oyer, MD; Sharon Hunt, MD; and Mary Burge, LCSW, were quoted or referenced.

Can Big Data tell us what clinical trials don’t? New York Times, 10/3/14 Jennifer Frankovich, MD; Atul Butte, MD; and Christopher Longhurst, MD, were quoted or referenced.

Polio-like mystery illness in kids leads doctors to probe virus Bloomberg News, Denver Post, ABC-7, Washington Post, and various global media, 10/6/14 Keith Van Haren, MD, provides insight on enterovirus D68 and its potential link to a mysterious illness that is causing paralysis in U.S. children.

Hospitals must adapt to meet unique needs of 21st century customers U.S. News & World Report, 10/7/14 Chief Operating Officer Anne McCune is quoted. McCune appeared at a U.S. News “Hospital of Tomorrow” event in Washington, D.C.

More doctors tuned to ultrasound’s frequency HealthCanal, 10/7/14 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is noted for the ability to see and treat complex cardiovascular issues through ultrasound

September 2014

Videogame technology provides helpful educational tool for patient families The Wall Street Journal, 9/1/14 Frank Hanley, MD, was quoted.

August 2014

Study: Kids' brains reorganize when learning math skills Science Daily, 8/17/14 Study senior author Vinod Menon, MD, is quoted.

Happy Wheels volunteer receives Jefferson Award KPIX-5, 8/27/14 Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford was part of this story.

Nurse coordinator with congenital heart disease treats patients with the same condition Reuters, various online media, 8/27/14 Christy Sillman, RN, has a unique connection with her patients at the Adult Congenital Heart Program at Stanford – she was born with the same disease. George Lui, MD, and Susan Fernandes were also quoted or referenced this press release.

Cleft and Craniofacial Center provides hope to generations of patients Yahoo, Healthier, Happy Lives, 8/28/14 In this press release on one family’s extraordinary journey with cleft and craniofacial care at our hospital, Rohit Khosla, MD; Jonathan Bernstein, MD; and Elena Hopkins, NP, were quoted or referenced.

The Bezos family extends a $2.25 million challenge grant to fund food allergy research at Stanford Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, 8/18/14 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, was quoted.

CDC: HPV vaccine rates for teens unacceptably low KQED Forum, 8/5/14 The CDC released a study recently stating that less than half of American teens receive the HPV vaccine. Sophia Yen, MD, provides insight.

July 2014

Heart-lung transplant gives Bay Area preteen a second chance at life NBC Bay Area, 7/31/14 Jeffrey Feinstein, MD, was featured.

High-risk birth specialists save Salinas baby ABC-7, 7/23/14 Karl Sylvester, MD, and Jane Chueh, MD, were interviewed.

Microchip to ID Type 1 diabetes developed by Stanford team San Francisco Chronicle, 7/14/14 Researcher and pediatric endocrinologist Brian Feldman, MD, PhD, was featured.

‘Lipstick girl’ gets birthday wish: A double lung transplant KTVU-2, 7/11/14 Carlos Milla, MD, was interviewed.

Population boom leads to fast moves for Silicon Valley hospitals Silicon Valley Business Journal, 7/4/14 President and CEO Christopher G. Dawes was quoted.

Food allergy treatments for kids show promise NBC News, 7/1/14 Allergist and immunologist Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, provides insight.

June 2014

Obesity before pregnancy links to earliest preterm births, Stanford/Packard study says Inside Stanford Medicine, 6/27/14 Study lead author Gary Shaw, PhD, and obstetrician Deirdre Lyell, MD, were quoted.

Is it an anxiety disorder or just anxiety? Everyday Health, 6/25/14 Child psychologist Sanno Zack, PhD, was quoted.

Changes on the way for the South Bay hospital landscape San Jose Mercury News, 6/25/14 President and CEO Christopher G. Dawes was quoted.

Pulmonologist treats rare, ‘1 in a million’ lung disease KRON-4 (not available online), 6/16/14 Pulmonologist Nanci Yuan, MD, provides comment.

Extraordinary user-generated videos help spread Stanford Medicine Children’s Health awareness PR Week, 6/16/14 Chief Marketing Officer Jeannine D’Addario was quoted.

Palestinian boy walks for the first time, thanks to orthopaedic and rehab services teams Yahoo! News, 6/4/14 This segment features Hadi Alkhadra, a 6-year-old boy from Palestine who was able to stand on his feet and walk for the first time, thanks to a successful surgery performed by Lawrence Rinsky, MD, and care from Rehabilitation Services. Hadi suffered from a condition known as arthrogryposis and other orthopaedic deformities that prevented him from walking.

May 2014

Fresh sunscreen ingredients stuck in FDA backlog San Francisco Chronicle, 5/19/14 Pediatric dermatologist Latanya Benjamin, MD, provides comment.

Big Data treasure trove from routine medical checkups Wall Street Journal, 5/13/14 Rheumatologist Jennifer Frankovich, MD, is quoted and referenced.

Teen Health Van founder receives distinguished Jefferson Award CBS-5, 5/9/14 Adolescent medicine specialist Seth Ammerman, MD, receives a Bay Area Jefferson Award for his work as the medical director of Mobile Adolescent Health Services.

Healthcare providers fortify children’s services Silicon Valley Business Journal, 5/8/14 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford was mentioned.

Mysterious brain illness triggers psychotic behaviors KPIX-TV, 5/7/14 Rheumatologist Jennifer Frankovich, MD, provides comment.

Rape-prevention program cuts sexual assaults in Kenya Reuters, 5/2/14 Infectious-disease specialist and senior author Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted in this article.

April 2014

Stanford scientists describe autism discoveries San Jose Mercury News, 4/23/14 Antonio Hardan, MD, associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, is featured.

Stanford Medicine Children’s health purchases Sunnyvale building, expansion plans under way Silicon Valley Business Journal, 4/23/14 Ken Cox, MD, was quoted in this article.

Misdiagnosed as Bipolar: Stanford doctors make bold diagnosis and treatment San Jose Mercury News, Bay Area News Group, 4/20/14 Rheumatologist Jennifer Frankovich, MD, and adolescent psychiatrist Kiki Chang, MD, comment.

Neurosurgery saves Campbell boy ABC-7, 4/16/14 Michael S.B. Edwards, MD, and team saved the life of a 2-year-old Campbell boy hit with a sudden and deadly brain disorder.

Button batteries continue to pose health risks for children The Seattle Times, 4/9/14 ENT specialist Peter Koltai, MD, comments.

March 2014

Kids who don’t cry: New genetic disorder discoveredCNN, 3/20/14 Geneticist and study co-author Gregory Enns, MD, was quoted.

Doctors still hunting for the sources of ‘polio-like’ illness San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Forum, 3/20/14 Neurologist Keith Van Haren, MD, provides comment in these interviews.

Parents in India put baby in an icebox to save his life Babble, 3/20/14 Neonatologist Vinod Bhutani, MD, provides insight.

Dietary changes used as autism remedies San Francisco Chronicle, 3/19/14 Child and adolescent psychiatrist Antonio Hardan, MD, provides comment on this trend.

Secondhand smoke tied to miscarriages, stillbirths, study says Reuters, 3/14/14 Obstetrician Maurice Druzin, MD, provides comment on new research out of New York.

Volunteer cuddlers offer comfort to infants, parents ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, 3/13/14 Neonatologist Ronald Cohen, MD, was interviewed.

5-year-old back to karate after beating liver transplant odds Orange County Register (not available online), 3/5/14 Surgeon Waldo Concepcion, MD, and radiologist Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, were quoted.

Teaching students to overcome the traumas of poverty PBS NEWSHOUR, 3/3/14 Trauma expert Victor Carrion, MD, provides comment.

Caution urged for infant sleep machines USA Today, 3/3/14 Sleep expert Nanci Yuan, MD, is quoted.

February 2014

Study: Asthma drug aids simultaneous desensitization to several food allergies Inside Stanford Medicine, 2/27/14 Study senior author Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Polio-like illness called a ‘rare phenomenon’ Associated Press, 2/24/14 Neurologist Keith Van Haren, MD, provides comment in this Associated Press article.

12-year-old ‘Leukemia Slayer’ done with chemo ABC-7, 2/24/14 Pediatric hematologist-oncologist Gary Dahl, MD, provides comment.

Teen with cystic fibrosis blogs while awaiting transplant CBS-5, 2/21/14 While 17-year-old cystic fibrosis patient “Elizabeth M.” waits for a lung transplant, she is spending time blogging on her site “mylifewithcf” and raising awareness about the disease.

Marijuana tested as treatment for children with epilepsy San Francisco Chronicle, 2/19/14 Pediatric neurologist Donald Olson, MD, provides comment.

Study: Technique allows for radiation-free detection of tumors KGO Radio (not available online), 2/18/14 Heike Daldrup-Link, MD, was featured in this interview.

Family donates deceased child’s tumor for research NBC Bay Area, 2/14/14 Neuro-oncologist Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, provides comment.

California voters concerned about kids’ eating, exercise San Francisco Chronicle, 2/12/14

Talking to premature babies tied to later development Reuters, 2/12/14 Heidi Feldman,MD, an expert in developmental behavior, gives insight. Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, provides comment.

Staying healthy during flu season KQED Forum, 2/5/14 Infectious disease expert Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is featured.

Steroid use higher amongst gay, bisexual teen boys KCBS Radio, 2/3/14 Adolescent medicine specialist Sophia Yen, MD, was quoted.

January 2014

Air pollution’s impact on children’s health, 1/31/14 Allergist and immunologist Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, provides comment on this study.

DNA of peanut-allergic kids changes with immune therapy, study finds CNN, 1/31/14 Allergist and immunologist Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, provides comment on this study.

Ethicist provides insight into the transplant process KTVU-TV, 1/30/14 Ethics expert David Magnus, PhD, was interviewed.

Study suggests kids should unplug before sleep Reuters, 1/24/14 Pulmonologist Nanci Yuan, MD, provides comment.

Two women die from childbirth at Mass. hospital, 1/23/14 Obstetrician Maurice Druzin, MD, was quoted.

Hospital volunteers share stories from Typhoon Haiyan relief ABC-7, 1/2/14 A team of medical specialists from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Hospital & Clinics recently returned from the Philippines to help treat victims affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Child life specialists help scared kids San Francisco Chronicle, 1/2/14 Kristen Beckler, child life specialist, was quoted and referenced.

Pediatric neurologist provides insight on girl declared ‘brain dead’ CNN, 1/2/14 Neurologist Paul Fisher, MD, was quoted and referenced.