In the News - 2016

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 2016

Pediatric surgeon, of Sacramento, built prestigious career out of healing kids Sacramento Bee 12/26/16 Video interview and accompanying article features Peter Lorenz, MD, lead plastic surgeon in the separation of formerly conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval.

Mental-health resources for Bay Area teenagers increasing in 2017 Scope 12/26/16 Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted.

The Chatbot will see you now The New Yorker 12/25/16 Article discusses the potential role of artificial intelligence in the treatment of mental illness. David Spiegel, MD, is quoted.

SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen) approved in U.S. to treat broad range of patients with spinal muscular atrophy PRNewswire; 12/23/16 Press release announces the FDA approval of the first drug to treat spinal muscular atrophy in pediatric patients and quotes John Day, MD, PhD, who was involved in the drug’s clinical trials.

See original SOM release >

Holiday Fund: TheatreWorks encourages playful learning, creativity Palo Alto Weekly 12/23/16 The hospital is mentioned.

Figuring out how to better help mentally ill before they land in jail Sacramento Bee 12/22/16 Op-ed is authored by Victor Carrion, MD.

Stem cells give Stanford scientists a new window into the biology of a rare disease Scope 12/22/16 Marlene Rabinovitch, MD, is quoted.

Unknown illness claims life of M-A freshman The Mercury News 12/22/16 The hospital is mentioned.

Also see: The Almanac; CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV)

Local teen in need of Christmas miracle gets kidney donation Las Vegas Now 12/21/16 The hospital is mentioned.

Stanford Medicine Children's Health to launch new 'critical' youth mental health services Palo Alto Weekly; The Almanac; Mountain View Voice 12/20/16 Antonio Hardan, MD, is quoted throughout.

Are we overprescribing opioids for pediatric pain? Medscape 12/20/16 Kanwaljeet “Sunny” Anand, MBBS, chief of critical care medicine, is interviewed.

What nonprofits can learn from MTV about “selling” their services Huffington Post 12/19/16 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, is mentioned.

FDA has ordered new label warnings, but it’s not clear that anesthesia is risky in pregnancy, kids Forbes 12/17/16 The FDA announced new warnings about the lengthy use of anesthesia and sedative drugs in pregnant women and children under 3 because of their possible effect on developing brains. Rita Agarwal, MD, is quoted in this article.

See the moment formerly conjoined 2-year-old twins reunite after separation People Magazine 12/16/16 Article discusses the successful separation surgery of formerly conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval, and includes video of the twins’ subsequent reunion in the PICU.

Also see: The Monitor Daily; Independent Journal Review; NewsRx

Sharks foundation helps fund seven non-profits 12/16/16 The Sharks Foundation honored the Teen Van work of Seth Ammerman, MD, and this article mentions the hospital.

Conjoined twins survive separation surgery ABC World News 12/9/16 In this segment of World News Tonight, the Sandoval twins, along with the 50-person care team at Packard Children’s who successfully separated them in a 17-hour surgery that ended on December 7, are named “Persons of the Week.”

Also see: The formerly conjoined twins’ successful separation has garnered more than 1,200 articles from national and local media outlets, including: Reuters; Associated Press (picked up by New York Times and dozens of other outlets); The Today Show; Yahoo! News; Good Morning America (2 segments); ABC News (4 stories); Fox News; International Business Times; Live Science; all five Bay Area TV broadcast stations (KNTV-NBC, KTVU-FOX, KPIX-CBS, KGO-ABC, KRON-TV); Sacramento media including Sacramento Bee (14 stories) local NBC (picked up by dozens of NBC affiliates nationwide); Univision and Telemundo affiliates

Stanford team helps patient who is “unique in the world” Scope 12/14/16 This post highlights how a Stanford team helped a patient suffering from two rare diseases—Marfan syndrome and trichorhinophalangeal syndrome. Matthew Wheeler, MD, PhD, an instructor in cardiovascular medicine, is quoted.

Cancer survivor dresses up as Stormtrooper for children at Palo Alto hospital ABC Bay Area (KGO) 12/9/16 The hospital is mentioned.

The state of mental health services in California Stanford Medicine News 12/9/16 Victor Carrion, MD, is featured in this podcast.

Also see: Scope

An intimate view of the 'super parents' of chronically ill children CNN 12/7/16 Article features the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health’s 'Family Stories' photography project.

Former Stanford Biodesign fellows working to combat night terrors Scope 12/7/16 Researchers at Stanford have developed a device that tracks the sleep patterns of children and wakes them before the onset of night terrors. Christian Guilleminault, MD, Shannon Sullivan, MD, are mentioned.

Mobile disruption births new care models according to Stanford Medicine Children's CMO Business Solutions 12/7/16 In this article, Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, discusses the use and future for digital tools, wearable devices, EHR and telehealth in healthcare.

See original story from FierceHealthcare

14 health heroes who are changing healthcare as we know it O The Oprah Magazine January 2017 issue, online 12/6/16 Article features two Packard Children’s volunteer baby “cuddlers” – Pat Rice and Claire Fitzgerald.

John Muir Health and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health continue to grow partnership and services in Contra Costa County John Muir Health and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health-issued press release 12/6/16 Press release shares information about the partnership between John Muir Health and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, which offers outpatient, inpatient, neonatal and emergency care. Christopher Dawes, president and CEO, is quoted.

Drug might help some babies with rare, fatal disease U.S. News & World Report 12/6/16 A Packard Children’s patient – now four years old – was the first infant in the world to receive a lifesaving drug for her deadly genetic disease, spinal muscular atrophy type 1. The results of the phase-2 trial that she was a part of were published yesterday, and the drug is expected to receive approval from the FDA within the next two months. John Day, MD, is quoted.
Also see: Medical News Today, UPI

Original press release: Stanford Medicine News

Cigarettes aren't cool, California teens say HealthDay News 12/6/16 Article quotes Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD.

Researcher: Funding for rare diseases can be tough WMDT-ABC TV (Salisbury, MD) 12/3/16 Paul Grimm, MD, is quoted.

Parents often give kids time-out the wrong way Reuters 12/1/16 Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD, is quoted.

November 2016

Impact Pediatric Health opens 2017 apps; announces Dr. Daniel Kraft of Singularity University, Exponential Medicine as co-emcee of 3rd SXSW startup pitch competition PR Web 11/30/16 Press release issued by Impact Pediatric Health, an organization developed by eight leading pediatric institutions, including Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, announces the opening of applications for the third annual Impact Pediatric Health pitch competition.

Am I just anxious, or do I have an anxiety disorder? True Viral News/Everyday Health 11/29/16 Sanno Zack, PhD, is quoted.

When there is no cure for your chronic pain 11/29/16 Elliot Krane, MD, is mentioned.

Blood diseases could show CRISPR’s potential as therapy Wired 11/28/16 Article reports on results of a new study in which Stanford researchers used the CRISPR gene-editing technique in stem cells to repair the gene that causes sickle cell disease, and successfully transplanted the mended stem cells into mice. Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, senior author of the study, is quoted.

Weed 101: Recreational marijuana, the human body, and recreational legalization Fascinate Publication 11/25/16 Seth Ammerman, MD, is quoted.

29 hospital and health system chief strategy officers to know Becker’s Hospital Review 11/23/16 Kim Roberts, chief strategy officer, is featured.

Heart transplant recipient tries to find and thank organ donors CBS Bay Area KPIX-TV 11/23/16 In 1987, 2-year-old Corie Crowe's heart was failing but her family's insurance did not cover heart transplants. A KPIX-TV news story called attention to the case and the Crowes learned that Kaiser was able to cover the transplant. Crowe recently reunited with the story's reporter, Barbara Rodgers. Daniel Bernstein, MD, is interviewed.

Also see: Scope

Preemies: Post-Discharge Developmental Catch Up ReachMD 11/23/16 Podcast features Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD.

Also see: Improving neurodevelopmental outcomes for premature infants Reach MD

Patient finds healing and a second home at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Scope 11/21/16 Article features the story of adult patient Misty Blue Foster, who has received care at Packard Children’s since childhood, and who considers her care team to be like family.

Rocked by suicides, Palo Alto high schools want to make mental health care as normal as eating breakfast PRI 11/18/16 Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted.

Highlighting childhood brain tumors Cancer Network 11/18/16 Q&A article features Sonia Partap, MD, MS.

Brain size leads to the discovery of PTSD treatment among adolescents Latinos Health 11/16/16 Megan Klabunde, PhD, and Victor Carrion, MD, are quoted.

Breaking the code: Inside the search for a diagnosis Stanford Medicine Magazine Fall 2016 Gill Bejerano, PhD; Euan Ashley, MD, PhD; Jon Bernstein, MD and Brenda Porter, MD, are featured in this article about their work through Stanford’s Undiagnosed Disease Network.

And yet, you try: A father's quest to save his son Stanford Medicine Magazine Fall 2016 Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD; Paul Fisher, MD; and Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, are quoted. Michael Edwards, MD, is mentioned.

Listen up: The stethoscope at 200 Stanford Medicine Fall 2016 Daniel Bernstein, MD, and William Benitz, MD, are quoted.

Could legalizing pot diminish California’s gains against smoking? Kaiser Health News; Long Beach Press-Telegram; Los Angeles Daily News; Pasadena Star News; California Healthline 11/18/16 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

'Wondergirl' has last cancer treatment, gives gifts at children's hospital KTVU FOX Bay Area 11/17/16 Video segment profiles a young patient who made a donation to the hospital to support other patients of the Bass Center. Jake Lore, CLS, is interviewed.

Also see: Babble

Using storytelling to gain insight into patient perspectives on disease Scope 11/17/16 Henry Lee, MD, is quoted.

Best Hospital IT Departments 2016: CIOs talk emerging technologies with biggest potential Healthcare IT News 11/15/16 Ed Kopetsky, chief information officer, is quoted.

Also see: Physician News Network

Fewer U.S. Parents say they spank their kids Reuters 11/14/16 Article reports on a new study showing that fewer American parents are using physical discipline with their children. Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: HealthDay News; MedPage Today

Stanford to build nation’s first hadron therapy center Stanford Daily 11/13/16 The hospital is mentioned.

A record number of organ transplants at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in October Business Wire press release published by more than 275 online outlets including Yahoo! Finance; 4-traders;; Charlotte Observer; Miami Herald; Denver Post 11/11/16 Press release announces a record for the most transplant surgeries performed at the hospital in a single month; 16 children received 17 transplants in the month of October. Amy Gallo, MD, Debra Strichartz, Carlos Esquivel, MD, PhD, Katsuhide Maeda, MD, Carol Conrad, MD, and Mihaela Damian, MD, are quoted.

Also see: NorCal Patch (published by Napa Valley Patch and Merrimack Patch); and Bay City News (published by KTVU Fox Bay Area, KRON Bay Area News, SF Bay News and Pleasanton Weekly)

PTSD may affect boys, girls differently, brain scans show HealthDay News 11/11/16 Article discusses a new study suggesting that PTSD affects the brains of girls and boys differently. Senior author Victor Carrion, MD, and lead author Megan Klabunde, PhD, are quoted.

Also see: BBC News; New York Magazine; Huffington Post; Daily Mail (UK); Medical News Today; Live Science; Scope; Stanford Medicine News Center

Following heart repair and liver transplant, baby Owen returns to the Midwest Scope 11/11/16 Frank Hanley, MD, and Carlos Esquivel, MD, PhD, are mentioned.

Silicon Valley hospitals are emerging as organ transplant pioneers for children Silicon Valley Business Journal 11/10/16 Cover story explores the Pediatric Transplant Center’s history and role as the leading transplant program in the region. Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, and Carlos Esquivel, MD, are quoted throughout.

Stanford uses CRISPR to correct sickle cell, human trials planned Reuters 11/7/16 Article reports on results of a new study in which Stanford researchers used the CRISPR gene-editing technique in stem cells to repair the gene that causes sickle cell disease, and successfully transplanted the mended stem cells into mice. Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, senior author of the study, is quoted.

Also see: Fierce Biotech; Mercury News; TRT World; Fortune; Scope; Stanford Medicine News

Children’s Hospital plans satellite center Manteca Bulletin 11/7/16 Article mentions Valley Children’s Healthcare’s partnership with Stanford Medicine Children’s Health.

Pediatric facilities partner with other health care providers U.S. News & World Report 11/3/16 An article recapping a panel discussion at the U.S. News Healthcare of Tomorrow Conference held in Washington D.C. in October. Chief strategy officer, Kim Roberts, participated in a panel about strategic partnerships and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health’s model.

Also see: Becker’s Hospital Review

Stanford physicians examine patient discrimination against doctors Stanford Daily 11/3/16 Emily Whitgob, MD, lead investigator on a survey conducted to help physicians identify ways to effectively respond to discrimination from patients, is quoted. Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, MPH, is also quoted.

CyberKnife used to treat rare condition in pediatric patient HealthCanal 11/1/16 Article tells the story of a pediatric stroke patient with arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a rare blood defect, who is being treated with the Stanford-invented CyberKnife.

October 2016

Teens’ beliefs about marijuana documented in new Stanford study Scope 10/31/16 In this Q&A, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, discusses a recent study that examines teenagers' beliefs about marijuana and how often they use it.

Scientists tackle lethal childhood brain cancer Scientific American 10/28/16 Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is quoted in this article about advancements in treatments for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare, aggressive brain cancer found in children.

New Bernal Park sports fields, Oak Woodland open tomorrow Pleasanton Weekly 10/28/16 Article announces the opening of the new Patelco Sports Complex in Pleasanton, which includes the sponsored Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Stadium Field.

Also see:; Livermore Independent

Can your own immune system kill cancer? CNN 10/26/16 Crystal Mackall, MD, is quoted in this article about the advances in the use of immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer.

Also see: Scope

Racism in medicine: An 'open secret' CNN 10/26/16 Emily Whitgob, MD, lead investigator on a survey conducted to help physicians identify ways to effectively respond to discrimination from patients, is quoted throughout. Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, MPH, is also quoted.

Also see: Huffington Post; Refinery 29; FierceHealthcare; Kaiser Health News; Inside Stanford Medicine

Why stress can make you overweight: Hormones turn normal cells into dangerous fat around internal organs Daily Mail (UK) 10/25/16 Researchers have discovered a hormone that controls the maturation of fat cells, helping explain how high-fat diets, stress, and certain steroid medications can cause obesity. Senior author Brian Feldman, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Medical News Today; Stanford Medicine News

Preteens need only two rounds of HPV vaccine, CDC says CNN 10/24/16 Yvonne Maldonado, PhD, MD, is quoted.

NCHL identifies “BOLD” organizations that are preparing leaders to transform healthcare PRWeb 10/24/16 Press release announces the ten highest ranking “BOLD” healthcare organizations – Best Organizations for Leadership Development by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), which includes Stanford Medicine Children’s Health/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

Research will examine new intervention for avoidant food intake in children Addiction Professional 10/24/16 The National Eating Disorders Association awarded James Lock, MD, PhD, a grant of $100,000 to conduct a randomized controlled trial of a treatment for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. Dr. Lock is quoted in the article.

Growing up in a hospital: My 25 years with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Inside Stanford Medicine 10/24/16 First-person article is written by adult patient Misty Blue Foster, who has received care at Packard Children’s since childhood, and who considers her care team to be like family. William Kennedy, MD, is mentioned.

How babies know their mothers’ voice – even in the womb New York Post 10/23/16 This piece highlights a Stanford study that shows that a variety of brain circuits are engaged when children hear their mother's voice. Lead author Daniel Abrams, is mentioned.

Her toddler suddenly paralyzed, mother tries to solve a vexing medical mystery Los Angeles Times; and dozens of other local newspapers including Sun Sentinel; Orlando Sentinel; Ft. Worth Star-Telegram; The Bellingham Herald; Miami Herald; Sacramento Bee; Charlotte Observer 10/21/16 Article and accompanying video detail the story of a patient being treated at Packard Children’s for acute flaccid myelitis, which causes polio-like symptoms. Keith Van Haren, MD, is quoted throughout.

Stanford Medicine Children's Health treats transgender youth at new clinic Palo Alto Online 10/21/16 Article profiles the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Gender Clinic, located in the Specialty Services Center Sunnyvale location. Tandy Aye, MD, is quoted.

Pediatric surgery: Decades after pediatric heart surgery, new problems emerging for many patients Houston Chronicle 10/21/16 Sue Fernandes, PA, is quoted.

Nurturing children's language skills could help shield them from depression U.S. News & World Report 10/20/16 Manpreet Singh, MD, MS, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.

Pediatric clinics expedite visits with Real-time Locating System (RTLS) Technology PRWeb 10/20/16 Press release discusses the use of a Real-time Locating System at the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Specialty Services Center Sunnyvale location. Lee Kwiatkowski, director of ambulatory transformation, is mentioned.

Proud to work at Valley Children’s Willson Heart Center Visalia Times Delta 10/20/16 Article mentions Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Heart Center partner program with Valley Children’s Healthcare.

Also see: Fresno Bee

Update on anorexia treatment and research 10/19/16 James Lock, MD, PhD, discusses the importance of early intervention in the treatment of eating disorders.

Angels camp infant receives donated liver CheckOrphan 10/18/16 The hospital is mentioned in this article about a young liver transplant recipient.

Community services agency takes its show on the road Palo Alto Online 10/17/16 The Teen Health Van is mentioned.

Healthcare leaders need to find the right partners and strategies as they take the leap into value-based care HealthLeaders Media October 2016. Article interviews five hospital leaders about the importance of creating an appropriate infrastructure to support population health. Christopher Dawes, president and CEO, is quoted throughout.

Becker's Speaker Series: 4 questions with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford CEO Christopher Dawes Becker’s Hospital Review 10/19/16 Q&A article features Christopher Dawes, president and CEO. Dawes discusses his role as CEO and upcoming speaking engagement at the Becker's Hospital Review 8th Annual Meeting in April 2017.

How a mother’s voice changes her baby’s brain The Week 10/18/16
This piece highlights a Stanford study that shows that a variety of brain circuits are engaged when children hear their mother's voice. Lead author Daniel Abrams, is quoted.

Stanford Medicine, VA will collaborate to build nation’s first hadron therapy center Stanford Medicine News 10/17/16 Press release issued by the School of Medicine quotes Christopher Dawes, president and CEO.

Jackler, Helpern-Felsher: Prop. 56 will help keep kids from smoking San Jose Mercury News 10/17/16 In this opinion piece, Robert Jackler, MD, and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, encourage voters to approve Proposition 56, a ballot measure that will raise tobacco taxes in California to fund smoking prevention and offset public health care costs from tobacco-related illnesses.

Angels Camp infant receives donated liver Calaveras Enterprise 10/17/16 The hospital is mentioned in this article about a young liver transplant recipient.

5-Year-Old San Jose 'Wondergirl' Battling Cancer Marks Milestone Fox 2 News 10/17/16 The hospital is mentioned.

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health opens clinic for transgender children NBC Bay Area 10/12/16 Article profiles the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Gender Clinic, located in the Specialty Services Center Sunnyvale location. Tandy Aye, MD, is quoted throughout.

Stanford Health Policy symposium to address future of health care in U.S. and abroad Scope 10/12/16 Stanford’s Health Policy symposium, held on October 14, addressed health care topics including the Affordable Care Act, payment reform and global treatment challenges. Christopher Dawes, president and CEO was a speaker at the event.

Hospital-affiliated outpatient birth centers: A possible model for helping to achieve the triple aim in obstetrics JAMA 10/11/16 Viewpoint article co-authored by Victoria Woo, MD, Arnold Milstein, MD, and Terry Platchek, MD, suggests that for pregnant women who are expected to have low-risk births, hospital-affiliated birthing centers have the potential to lower costs and improve safety.

Also see: Scope

Adaptimmune provides update on study of NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy in synovial sarcoma at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2016 Congress Financial Buzz 10/9/16 Crystall Mackall, MD, is quoted.

It’s OK if you only hit 8,500 steps today—and sit while you work PRI 10/8/16 Euan Ashley, MBChB, DPhil, is quoted.

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Specialty Services—Sunnyvale Healthcare Design Magazine 10/7/16 Photo slideshow and accompanying article feature the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Sunnyvale Specialty Services clinic, which opened in May 2016.

Investing in nurturing care during early childhood pays off, new studies find Scope 10/5/16 Gary Darmstadt, MD, is quoted.

Healing art in hospitals today J Store Daily 10/5/16 The hospital expansion is mentioned in this article about the ways hospitals are integrating art in the patient care process.

People on the Move: James Dunn, MD, PhD San Francisco Business Times 10/5/16 Announces the appointment of James Dunn, PhD, MD as Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Also see: Silicon Valley Daily

Does stem cell therapy actually work? Men’s Journal 10/4/16 Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Discreet urinary catheter improves infection control 10/4/16 William Kennedy, MD, is quoted.

Researchers hunt for a link between microbiome and autism KQED Bay Area Public Radio 10/4/16 Dennis Wall, PhD, is mentioned.

The risky bet behind the first ‘artificial pancreas’ for diabetes patients STAT News 10/3/16 Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first artificial pancreas for patients over age 14 with type 1 diabetes. David Cornfield, MD, provides comment.

Are your child’s bones strong enough? Wall Street Journal 10/3/16 New report on bone density suggests childhood is the best time to focus on building healthy bones for life. Study coauthor Laura Bachrach, MD, is quoted.

New Surgeon-in-Chief appointed at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Yahoo! Finance 10/1/16 Press release announces the appointment of James Dunn, PhD, MD as Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Christopher Dawes, president and CEO, and Mary Hawn, MD are quoted. Gary Hartman, MD, and Thomas Krummel, MD, are mentioned.

September 2016

Family returns to China after tragic crash during vacation in Bay Area Fox Bay Area affiliate (KTVU) 9/28/16 Article and video segment highlight the story of a patient who received care at Packard Children’s after being in a car accident while visiting the Bay Area from China. Case manager Halley Johnson, and Debra Seal, DPT, are quoted. Social worker Karen Jensen, MSW, is mentioned.

Cancer immunotherapy is moving fast. Here’s what you need to know Washington Post 9/28/16 Crystal Mackall, MD, is quoted.

Iron nanoparticles trigger immune system offensive against cancer Motherboard 9/26/16 Heike Daldrup-Link, MD, is featured.

Also see: Stanford Medicine News Center; GEN

Researchers identify newborn’s rare heart arrhythmia caused by mosaic of mutant cells Health Medicine Network 9/26/16 Researchers Euan Ashley, FRCP, DPhil, and James Priest, MD, are quoted.

Also see: Scope

State of Stanford Medicine event focuses on precision health, diversity Inside Stanford Medicine 9/26/16 The first State of Stanford Medicine event, hosted on Thursday, September 22, included an address by the dean followed by a panel discussion that included Christopher Dawes, president and CEO.

Fears over puzzling polio-like illness as CDC information reveals pointy uptick in cases this year Health Medicine Network 9/23/16 Article discusses an increase in cases of flabby myelitis among children. Keith Van Haren, MD, is quoted.

The seekers: Why parents try fringe therapies for autism Spectrum News 9/21/16 Article discusses alternative treatment options for children on the autism spectrum. Antonio Hardan, MD, is quoted.

AeroCare Air Ambulance transports critical one-month-old infant with rare heart condition coast to coast Yahoo! Finance; Daily Times Leader; Aviation Pros 9/20/16 Press release issued by AeroCare Air Ambulance highlights the story of a one-month-old infant who was flown to Packard Children’s to receive emergency heart surgery. Frank Hanley, MD, is mentioned.

Time Inc.’s “LIFE VR” multi-platform virtual reality brand launches today Yahoo! Finance; Yahoo! Sports 9/20/16 Press release issued by TIME announces the company’s “Life VR” platform, which includes LUMEN, a virtual reality meditation application developed in conjunction with Stanford University. Anne Dubin, MD, and Lauren Schneider, PsyD, are mentioned.

Also see: TIME

How does a heart defect start? Stanford scientists use stem cells to find out Scope 09/20/16 Researchers have identified the gene defect that causes left ventricular non compaction, a congenital heart problem, and have concluded there is no other cure than heart transplantation. The findings could potentially lead to a drug that could correct heart muscle formation in fetuses with the defect. Lead author Joseph Wu, MD, PhD, is quoted.

San Jose police bring birthday surprise to 5 year old 'superhero' battling cancer Bay Area FOX affiliate (KTVU) 9/20/16 The hospital is mentioned.

Would more teens smoke if recreational pot were legal? California Political Review 9/19/16 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Trespassing has become top railroad safety issue Chicago Tribune 9/19/16 Shashank Joshi, MD, is quoted.

Mobile Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Advance Healthcare Network for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine 9/13/16 Theresa Tacy, MD, and David Axelrod, MD, are quoted.

Some hungry teens turn to crime, sex for food Alamogordo Daily News 9/13/16 Neville Golden, MD, provides comment.

Prevent teen obesity, eating disorders with family meals, exercise PBS Chicago, 9/12/16 Article highlights recent guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which are designed to address both obesity and eating disorders in teens. Lead author Neville Golden, MD, is quoted.

See our original story here

Allergies are on the rise, and here are three reasons why CNBC 9/10/16 Article discusses health trends related to food and respiratory allergies in children. R. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD, is quoted.

Meet the 2016 healthiest employers in the Greater Bay Area San Francisco Business Times 9/9/16 The San Francisco Business Times has named Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health the #2 healthiest Bay Area employer in the large business category.

CODE BLACK: Making time for play in Electronic Health Records Huffington Post 9/9/16 Article discusses various methods for educating medical students about the use of EHRs in clinical practice. Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is mentioned.

International conference on human milk science & innovation explores applications for the gut and microbiome during fourth annual event MarketWired; Yahoo! Finance 9/8/16 Press release issued by the International Conference on Human Milk Science and Innovation quotes William Rhine, MD, MS, who served as a co-chair of the conference for the fourth consecutive year.

Also see: Pasadena Now

Bringing an End to Smoking Scope 9/7/16 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, discusses potential dangers of e-cigarettes among adolescents.

Hospital leaders with 10+ years of experience share pearls of wisdom Becker’s Hospital Review 9/6/16 Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO, is cited among ten hospital leaders to offer key learnings garnered throughout his career.

How an early bedtime can have lasting effects on kids CNN 9/5/16 Sumit Bhargava, MD, discusses sleep disorders and the health benefits of an early bedtime for children.

Flu Nasal Vaccine KTVU Bay Area Fox affiliate 9/3/16 Video segment overviews new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommending patients receive a flu vaccination this year. Flumist will not be available as an alternative in light of CDC findings that showed it was only 3% effective at preventing flu in the 2015-2016 season. Yvonne Maldonado, MD is interviewed.

Freaking out about Zika virus? West Nile is the real killer Sacramento Bee; Miami Bee; Fort Worth Star Telegram; Raleigh News & Observer 9/2/16 Desiree LaBeaud, MD, is quoted.

How does Zika affect the toddler brain? The Atlantic 9/2/16 Researchers now suggest that the range of serious brain problems in babies and young children affected by Zika is more extensively than previously known. David Vu, MD, is quoted.

For a 6-year-old with cancer, the future is staked on medicine’s hottest field Washington Post 9/1/16 Crystal Mackall, MD, discusses advances in the field of cancer immunotherapy.

Also see: Scope

NYC subway exposes commuters to noise as loud as a jet engine The Guardian 9/1/16 John Oghalai, MD, is quoted.

August 2016

How a leading pediatric hospital is adjusting care models for emerging populations Hospital & Health Networks magazine 8/30/16 Christopher Dawes, president and CEO, describes how pediatric facilities are adapting to the changing health care environment, and discusses the hospital expansion in this Q&A feature article.

U.S. News & World Report highlights pediatrics at Annual Healthcare of Tomorrow Conference, Nov. 2-4 U.S. News & World Report; Daily Times Leader 8/30/16 Press release issued by U.S. News & World Report announces key speakers in the pediatric space for its upcoming Healthcare of Tomorrow Conference, which includes Kim Roberts, chief strategy officer.

Teen drug abuse on the rise in county Mountain View Voice; Palo Alto Weekly 8/28/16 Local organizations and officials are reporting increased use of drugs and alcohol among teens. Seth Ammerman, MD, is quoted.

Hopes dashed for rare bone cancer treatmentHealthDay News; Philadelphia Inquirer;; Arizona Daily Star; Fremont Tribune 8/26/16 Article highlights new research showing that adding extra drugs to chemotherapy may not benefit patients with osteosarcoma, as previously thought. Lead author, Neyssa Marina, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Scope

California high school football: Concussions spike, participation drops The Mercury News; East Bay Times 8/26/16 New statistics show that high school football is drawing fewer players than it did a decade ago amid a dramatic increase in concussion diagnoses. Christine Boyd, MD, is quoted.

Skilled, loving hands provide ‘amazing’ care for baby Jaxson The Fresno Bee 8/26/16 Article details an Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedure performed by Stanford Medicine Children’s Health’s Roberto Gugig, MD, at Valley Children’s Hospital.

Sequoia Hospital Birth Center named one of Best Birth Centers in the Bay Area Bay Area Parent 8/25/16 The Special Care Nursery at Sequoia Hospital, which is owned and operated by Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, was named one of the Bay Area’s 2016 “Best of the Best” by Bay Area Parent magazine readers.

Also see: Redwood City Patch

The courage to speak up: Stanford’s first Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference held Scope 8/23/16 Article highlights the Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference, hosted August 5-6 by Packard Children’s, Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services and Pediatrics Division of Adolescent Medicine.

Why parents shouldn’t talk about weight with their teens New York Magazine 8/22/16 Article highlights new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which are designed to address both obesity and eating disorders in teens. Lead author Neville Golden, MD, is quoted. 

Also see: Huffington Post; MedPage Today; HealthDay News; Refinery 29; Slate; American Academy of Pediatrics; The Guardian; Medical Daily;; Parent Herald<; Obesity News Today; Stanford Medicine News; Scope

How a link from afar saves children in Latin America Scope 8/22/16 Article highlights a feature story in the summer issue of Stanford Medicine magazine about Eduardo Zambrano, MD, who analyzes tumor samples that a pediatric oncologist in Venezuela sends in painted wooden boxes. Zambrano is quoted throughout the article.

California girl battles rare disease; dad to donate kidney Springfield, IL ABC affiliate 8/22/16 The hospital is mentioned.

The segment also aired on NBC affiliates in Sacramento, CA; Charleston, WV; and Huntsville, AL (links not available)

Giants' Buster Posey visits young cancer patients at the Children’s Specialty Services Center at John Muir Health The Mercury News 8/19/16 Article highlights a recent visit by Giants’ player Buster Posey to our Children’s Specialty Services located at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Community Shows Outpouring of Support for Teen with Cancer Cedar Springs Post 8/18/16 Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Packard Children’s patients and clinicians create solutions to medical issues they say need a fix San Jose Mercury News; East Bay Times 8/15/16 Article reports on Design Daze, a weekend workshop involving Packard Children’s clinicians and teen patients, Palo Alto-based nonprofit The Design Farm (DFarm), and the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Krisa Hoyle Elgin, MPH, FNP, is quoted.

Additional coverage appeared on KLIV-AM Radio (link not available)

Automating genetic analysis helps keep up with rapid discovery of new diseases, study finds Stanford Medicine News; Medical Xpress; BioScience Technology 8/15/16 Discusses advancements in genetic testing, detailing the diagnosis of one Packard patient, and cites a recent study published in Genetics in Medicine by Jon Bernstein, MD, and Gill Bejerano, PhD, who are both quoted in the article.

Mobile disruption creates new care models according to Stanford Medicine Children's Health CMO Business Solutions 8/12/16 Dennis Lund, chief medical officer, discusses the use and future for digital tools, wearable devices, EHR and telehealth in healthcare.

See the original story from FierceHealthcare here

Next in reproductive tech: The artificial womb OZY 8/12/16 Amen Ness, MD, and David Magnus, PhD, are quoted.

Growing together at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Healthcare Construction & Operations; Healthcare Facilities Today 8/11/16 Story highlights the progress of the new hospital expansion and describes new features that will be installed including six new surgical suites, a nuclear medicine department, three new imaging units, four diagnostic units including a cardiac “hybrid” angiography suite and more than 3.5 acres of healing gardens comprising native and adaptive vegetation.

4th annual U.S. Ansell Cares HERO nurse service awards 8/10/16 Heather McKelvy, MS, is mentioned as a recipient of a 2016 U.S. Ansell Cares HERO nurse service award.

Stanford leads medical schools in training doctors to treat kids with neurological disabilities Scope 8/10/16 Article highlights a novel program at the School of Medicine that aims to engage medical students with young patients with neurological disabilities. Jonathan Santoro, MD, and Emily Whitgob, MD, are featured.

Google to power Stanford Medicine’s clinical genomics service Healthcare IT News 8/9/16 Stanford Medicine and Google have announced that they're working together to transform patient care and medical research through data science, using Google Genomics to provide genome sequencing services to patients at both Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Stanford Healthcare.

Also see: Politico; eWeek; HealthIT Analytics;; Genome Web;; Stanford News Center

Advice on helping children cope with transitions BeWell@Stanford 8/9/16 Victor Carrion, MD, offers insight.

Kangaroo mother care: Researchers search for biological basis of its effectiveness Scope 8/9/16 The research of Vinod Bhutani, MD; Kari McCallie, MD; Susan Crowe, MD; and David Stevenson, MD, is discussed.

Stanford Blood Center, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital sending transplant recipients to camp Palo Alto Online; Mountain View Voice 8/9/16 Story highlights Packard Children’s annual Solid Organ Transplant Camp.

See our original story here

Technology is deployed in the fight to prevent more suicides in Silicon Valley Silicon Valley Business Journal 8/8/16 Article summarizes sessions held at the Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference. Steven Adelsheim, MD, is mentioned.

Additional coverage appeared from The Stanford Daily; and KTSF-26 Asian-language Bay Area TV station (link not available)

Conjoined twins from Antelope seek permission from FAA to fly on moms lap Sacramento Bee 8/5/16 The hospital is mentioned.

UCSF, Stanford Health Care rank high on best U.S. hospitals list San Francisco Business Times 8/2/16 Packard Children’s U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll hospital ranking is mentioned in an article highlighting Stanford Health Care’s inclusion among the best in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals survey.

Also see:; ABC Bay Area affiliate; Missouri Fox affiliate

Even with insurance, family of medically fragile child struggles to find home health care KQED News 7/28/16 Meera Sukumaran, MBBS, and Sherri Sager, chief government and community relations officer, are quoted.

Health information technology’s increasing value in innovation HealthcareTech Outlook (pp. 17-18) 8/1/16 Article authored by Ed Kopetsky, chief information officer, discusses the increasingly important role of technology in healthcare, suggesting the current health care landscape is on the verge of change emanating from four key areas: widespread adoption of EMR systems; advancements in analytics; mobile technology innovations; and precision medicine.

DPR project team inspired by community involvement at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Across DPR Construction Blog 8/1/16 Article highlights volunteer efforts of the DPR construction team, responsible for the hospital expansion, at Packard Children’s.

July 2016

Girl's death highlights need for bone marrow registration KTVU (Bay Area Fox affiliate) 7/29/16 Article discusses bone marrow donation registry, and the increased difficulty in finding matches for patients of multiracial decent. The hospital is mentioned.

8-year-old revived after heart stops on playground American Heart Association News 7/28/16 Article highlights the story of a patient who was brought by Life Flight to Packard after collapsing on her school’s playground. Scott Ceresnek, MD, and Lynda Knight, MSN, RN, CPN, are quoted.

See our original story here

Factors to consider before genetic testing Dermatology Times 7/28/16 Joyce Teng, MD, is quoted.

How Lucile Packard became a leader in pediatric organ transplants FierceHealthcare 7/28/16 Article highlight’s Packard’s leadership in the field of pediatric organ transplants, attributing the growth and success of the transplant program to evolving technologies, the leadership of our skilled surgeons, and collaboration among physicians. Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, and Carlos Esquivel, MD, are quoted.

Sports may offer athletes protection against opioid use Healthline 7/25/16 Seth Ammerman, MD, is quoted in this article, which summarizes a recent study suggesting that daily participation in sports and exercise may help deter opioid use among adolescents.

What’s behind the rise in teen depression? Multibriefs 7/25/16 Manpreet Singh, MD, is quoted.

Doctors get creative to distract tech-savvy kids before surgery The Times TribuneMidland Reporter Telegram; Standard Times 7/24/16 Story features the innovative Bedside Entertainment and Relaxation Theater (BERT) program aimed at reducing anxiety for kids going into surgery, which was launched earlier this year by Packard Children’s doctors. Samuel Rodriguez, MD, and Thomas Caruso, MD, MEd, are quoted.

See our original story here

Containing the pain: Youth use photovoice to capture their experiences Scope 7/22/16 Anya Griffin, PhD, is quoted.

Admired Stanford pediatric pulmonologist dies at 47 The Mercury NewsEast Bay TimesSF Bay News 7/21/16 An obituary honoring Nanci Yuan, MD, who passed away on July 1 in Santa Clara. David Cornfield, MD; Richard Moss, MD; and MyMy Buu, MD, are quoted. 

Also see: Patch.comInside Stanford Medicine (online)

Bigfoot Biomedical starts clinical trial for artificial pancreas FierceBiotech 7/21/16 The hospital and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health are named in a press release as sites for a new clinical trial for an artificial pancreas device for Type 1 diabetes patients.

Also see: Mass Device; A Sweet Life (blog)

Closing the care gap for patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease MarketwiredYahoo! Finance 7/20/16 The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) announced the launch of its ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program, which includes five pilot sites, including Packard Children’s and Stanford Health Care.

Data-driven parameters can help reduce alarm fatigue FierceHealthcare 7/20/16 This article highlights a study conducted at Packard.

Also see: Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review; Scope

Tianna Valdez inspired many, including idol Kerri Walsh 7/18/16 The hospital is mentioned.

Little girl battling rare disease ready for fight of her life KMPH News (Fresno Fox Affiliate) 7/17/16 The hospital is mentioned.

New tech, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health help Morgan Hill boy get hearing back after 6 years ABC Bay Area; NBC affiliate in Bend, OR 7/21/16 Article and video story highlights a Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Ear Institute patient who has his full hearing back after receiving a new bone-transmitting hearing device. Melissa Tribble, AuD, is quoted.

A summer camp for organ transplant recipients KCRB North Bay Public Radio 7/21/16 Story highlights Packard Children’s annual Solid Organ Transplant Camp.

East Bay non-profit recycles discarded crayons for hospitalized children CBS Bay Area 7/20/16 Story highlights local Jefferson Award winner, founder of the Crayon Initiative, a program that donates recycled crayons to Packard Children’s. Veronica Mejia, Child Life Specialist, is quoted.

Better than opioids? Virtual reality could be your next painkiller MIT Technology Review 7/18/16 Article quotes Elliot Krane, MD, who discusses the potential for use of virtual reality technology in pediatric medical settings.

Palo Alto community, school leaders react to CDC recommendations Palo Alto Weekly 7/15/16 The Santa Clara County Public Health Department released a report from the CDC this week with data on teen deaths by suicide. Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted on the work being done through the Stanford’s Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Peeking inside the expanding Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Scope; MyInforms 7/14/16 Article highlights the progress of the hospital expansion.

5 kiddie health myths all moms should ignore Morning Ledger 7/13/16 Elizabeth Shepard, MD, is cited.

Healthcare’s water conversation efforts have ripple effect Healthcare Design Magazine 7/13/16 The hospital expansion is mentioned in a roundup story about ways health care organizations are working to reduce water consumption. Jack Goode, director of support services for Packard Children’s, is quoted.

Doctors get creative to distract tech-savvy kids before surgery Kaiser Health NewsPhiladelphia Inquirer; The Journal-News; Palm Beach Post; Austin-American Statesman; Quad Cities OnlineMedCity News 7/12/16 Story features the innovative Bedside Entertainment and Relaxation Theater (BERT) program aimed at reducing anxiety for kids going into surgery, which was launched earlier this year by Packard Children’s doctors. Samuel Rodriguez, MD, and Thomas Caruso, MD, MEd, are quoted.

See our original story here

Conference to address youth mental health San Jose Mercury News 7/11/16 Highlights the upcoming Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference sponsored by Packard Children's in conjunction with the Stanford School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics Division of Adolescent Medicine, which will be held at the South San Francisco Conference Center August 5-6.

22-year-old marks five years of life with mechanical heart pump Inside Stanford Medicine News 7/11/16 Provides update on the patient who has lived with a ventricular assist device for longer than any other patient being treated at Packard Children’s. David Rosenthal, MD, and Daniel Bernstein, MD, are quoted.

Radiologists take on bigger role in diagnosing The Wall Street Journal 7/11/16 David Larson, MD, is quoted.

Our view: Renown deal strengthens RenoReno Gazette-Journal; Nevada Appeal 7/7/16 Continued coverage of the new partnership between Renown Health and Stanford Medicine, which was announced on June 28.

At neuroscience summer camp, teens learn about mental health Inside Stanford Medicine (online) 7/6/16 The Clinical Neuroscience Internship, a week long immersion program at Stanford, offers local high school students opportunities to learn about clinical neuroscience. Program instructors Rafeal Pelayo, MD; Laura Roberts, MD; Alan Louie, MD; Kate Hardy, PsyD; and Lawrence McGlynn, MD, are quoted.

American Board of Internal Medicine announces new Specialty Board and Exam Committee Members who will join ongoing efforts to enhance MOC assessments Daily Times Leader 7/6/16 Anne Dubin, MD, was appointed to the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Cardiovascular Board/Adult Congenital Heart Disease Exam Committee.

Also see:

Road bikes, not Ritalin: How cycling could help kids with ADHD Outside Magazine 7/5/16 A study led by Allan Reiss, MD, is investigating cycling’s effects on kids with ADHD, compared with the effects of medication. Reiss is quoted.

Also see: KCBS-AM Radio (San Francisco); Scope

Stanford Medicine Children's Health launches first campaign under new agency Mediapost Agency Daily 7/5/16 Third party press release discusses the new Stanford Medicine Children's Health ad campaign, which launched on July 5 under its new agency of record, Hub Strategy and Communication.

Also see: Stanford Medicine Children’s Health ad campaign

Stanford Cancer Institute earns highest cancer center designation Stanford Medicine News Center 7/5/16 This School of Medicine issued press release announces the designation of the Stanford Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, is quoted.

Stanford study finds mom’s voice is unique ABC Bay Area affiliate 7/5/16 Video and accompanying article report on a Stanford study showing that a variety of brain circuits are engaged when children hear their mother's voice. Lead author Daniel Abrams, PhD, and Vinod Menon, PhD, are featured.

Justin-Siena boys soccer team has a Hardy guy at the helm Napa Valley Register 7/4/16 The hospital is mentioned.

June 2016

Emily Johnston on end-of-life care differences between older and younger patients Oncology Nursing News 6/30/16 Emily Johnston, MD, is featured in this video.

Doctors get creative to soothe tech-savvy kids before surgery NPR All Things Considered 6/29/16 This radio and digital print and video rtory highlights the innovative Bedside Entertainment and Relaxation Theater (BERT) program, launched earlier this year. Samuel Rodriguez, MD, and Thomas Caruso, MD, MEd, are quoted.

See our original story on Healthier, Happy Lives Blog

Also see mention in: Scope

Mary Leonard, MD, appointed physician-in-chief of Packard Children’s LPCH Newsroom 6/28/16 A School of Medicine-issued press release announcing the promotion of Mary Leonard, MD, to chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Packard Children’s. Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, and Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO, are quoted.

Also see: Silicon Valley Business Journal; San Francisco Business Times 6/28/16

Reno-based Renown Health inks new partnership with Stanford Associated Press Reno Bureau; ABC Reno affiliate; Sacramento Bee; Modesto Bee; Northern Nevada Business Weekly; Reno Gazette Journal 6/28/16 On June 28, a new partnership between Renown Health and Stanford Medicine was announced via a Renown Health-issued press release in which Christopher G. Dawes, is quoted. Other coverage included comment from Kim Roberts, chief strategy officer, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health.

Keeping kids with grown-up diagnoses from falling through the cracks Scope 6/28/16 Discusses the treatment of medical conditions that typically affect adults, but that can also be present in children, such as multiple sclerosis, sleep apnea and stroke. Rafael Pelayo, MD, provides comment.

Patelco, Stanford gain naming rights for new Bernal sports complex Pleasanton Weekly 6/27/16 Highlights Stanford Medicine Children’s Health support for a sports complex at Bernal Community Park in Pleasanton.

Minden Girl Fighting for Her Life in a California Hospital The Record Courier 6/28/16 The hospital is mentioned.

LIST: The 8 Best Children's Hospitals in California Sonoma Valley Patch 6/27/16 A list stemming from the results released in June by U.S. News & World Report naming the hospital to the 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll.

See our original press release here

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health opens pediatric specialty services center Healthcare Design Magazine 6/24/16 This article overviews Stanford Medicine Children’s Health’s Specialty Services Center – Sunnyvale, which opened in May.

RTLS Improves Patient Satisfaction and Efficiency at Stanford Medicine Children's Health RFID Journal 6/24/16 Article highlights the use of a real-time location system (RTLS) at the new Stanford Medicine Children's Health Specialty Services Clinic in Sunnyvale. Lee Kwiatkowski, director of ambulatory transformation, is interviewed.

Can Google Glass help autistic children read faces? Boston Herald; Newsfactor Business Report; Daily Republic; East Bay TimesSilicon Valley News 6/24/16 This article features the Autism Glass Project, led by Dennis Wall, PhD, which has developed facial-recognition software for Google Glass to help children with autism distinguish between different types of facial expressions.

Palo Alto-based Kurbo Health tackles childhood obesity The Mercury NewsEast Bay Times 6/24/16 Article overviews the weight-loss app, Kurbo Health, and notes that the company licenses Packard’s Pediatric Weight Control Program.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford achieves U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll U.S. News & World Report; Yahoo; Silicon Valley Business JournalBecker’s Hospital Review 6/21/16 Continued coverage of the announcement. Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO, is quoted.

Q&A with Dr. Dennis Lund: Mobile disruption key to new care models FierceHealthcare 6/14/16 In this Q&A, Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, discusses the use and future for digital tools, wearable devices, EHR and telehealth in healthcare.  

Excellence in Healthcare Awards: Dr. Lisa Chamberlain of Stanford University School of Medicine Silicon Valley Business Journal 6/10/16 Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, director of the Stanford Pediatric Advocacy Program, received a Silicon Valley Business Journal 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Award for her dedication to improving the lives of low-income children through her work as a physician, researcher, teacher, community leader and advocate for policy change.

Lucile Packard Children's celebrates 25 years by looking ahead to new opportunities ModernHealthcare 6/10/16 Article discusses the Packard 2.0 expansion as part of a feature story on the hospital’s 25th anniversary. Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO; Anne McCune, chief operating officer; and Stephen Roth, MD, MPH, are quoted.

Stanford Medicine Children's Health celebrates opening of Sunnyvale center San Jose Mercury News 6/16/16 Stanford Medicine Children's Health held the grand opening of its new specialty services center in Sunnyvale on June 2. Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO, and Barry Behr, PhD, are mentioned.

Also see mention in: Construction Dive 6/21/16

Menlo School’s Robert Miranda runs the Summer Scamper to raise money for music therapy program InMenlo; Palo Alto Online; San Mateo Daily Journal 6/16/16 The hospital and the Summer Scamper are mentioned.

Zika and Children: What Parents Need to Know NPR 6/20/16 David Vu, MD, is quoted.

Santa Clara County commits $600K to youth mental-health center Palo Alto Online 6/16/16 This article details funding being provided by Santa Clara County for the support of a new youth mental-health center currently being developed by Stanford Medicine's Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing. Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted.

Pair of studies reveal new possibilities for quicker diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects using heart ultrasound and telemedicine Imaging Technology News 6/13/16 Seda Tierney, MD, is quoted.

Sick Before Their Time: Families, patients, and experts offer advice on managing diseases that typically occur in adults, but can also affect children Neurology Now Magazine June/July 2016. Missed or delayed diagnoses are not uncommon when young people show symptoms of diseases that normally affect adults. Keith Van Haren, MD; Rafael Pelayo, MD; and Jorina Elbers, MD, are cited.

Investing in youth sports City of Pleasanton 6/17/16 Highlights Stanford Medicine Children’s Health support for a sports complex at Bernal Community Park in Pleasanton.

Also see: San Jose Mercury News 6/17/16

Guatemala Project Inspires and Motivates Stanford Medical Student Scope; Stanford News 6/21/16 Highlights the Guatemala Rural Child Health and Nutrition Program, which provides health care to children under five in Guatemala. Paul Wise, MD, MPH, leads the program and is featured in the article.

Google Glass could change the way autistic kids read faces Associated Press; NBC News OnlineNew York Post 6/23/16 Features the Autism Glass Project, led by Dennis Wall, PhD, which has developed facial-recognition software for Google Glass to help children with autism distinguish between different types of facial expressions.

See our original story here

Bystander CPR gives eight-year-old girl another shot at life Scope 6/15/16 Story about a patient whose life was saved by bystander CPR after she collapsed on her elementary school playground. Lynda Knight, MSN, RN, and Shara Griffis, RN, are quoted.

See our original story here

New Stanford celiac disease resource offers help with gluten-free diets Scope 6/7/16 Nasha Khavari, MD, MPH, is mentioned.

Bottle size may help explain extra weight gain in bottle-fed babies Scope 6/7/16 Lee Sanders, MD, is mentioned.

Also see research covered on

Dr. Dennis Lund: Proximity to Silicon Valley a boon for healthcare innovation FierceMobileHealthcare 5/27/16 Dr. Lund, chief medical officer, offers insight into some of the ways the hospital collaborates with Stanford and neighboring companies in Silicon Valley.

Also see: Baseline Genomic Data Study Aims to Enroll Children Health Leaders Media 6/7/16

Inspirational Student Completes Studies at OHS Westside Connect 6/2/16 The hospital is mentioned in this story about a high school graduate with Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Right-sizing care: lessons for pediatrics (email for copy) 6/1/16 In this Q&A, Alan Schroeder, MD, discusses overuse of diagnostic tests and treatment strategies in pediatric health care.

Sweating the Small Stuff: Some molecules don’t belong in a building. Product transparency helps architects keep them out Architectural Record 6/1/16 The Packard expansion is highlighted for the incorporation of natural building materials. Robin Guenther, lead architect, with Perkins + Will, is quoted.

Researchers Develop Flexible MR Coil to Improve Comfort and Decrease Scan Time Health Care Business 6/1/16 Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD, is mentioned.

May 2016

At-risk teens benefit from bonds with their doctors Scope 5/31/16 From the spring issue of Stanford Medicine Magazine Seth Ammerman, MD, is featured.

Bay Area teens make cancer research an after-school pursuit SF Chronicle 5/31/16 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

ATHENA Awards Recognize Local Leadership Los Altos Town Crier, 5/25/16 Diana Bautista, government relations manager, is quoted.

Dr. Sophia Yen, A Distinguished Shero 5/25/16 Sophia Yen, MD, MPH, is featured.

New 80,000 square foot specialty services center now open in Sunnyvale Yahoo; CNBC; Medical Construction & Design 5/24/16 The new pediatric specialty services center is featured in this Stanford Medicine Children’s Health press release. Kim Roberts, chief strategy officer, and Barry Behr, PhD, are quoted.

Also see: Healthcare Finance News 5/24/16

Stanford Hospital rebuild makes major advances San Francisco Business Journal 5/19/16 The hospital expansion is mentioned.                    

Drop in birth defects slowed after folic acid fortification Reuters; HealthDay News; US News and World ReportWebMDCalifornia HealthlineStanford Medicine News Center 5/18/16 A new Stanford study found that U.S. efforts to fortify the food supply with folic acid in an effort to decrease the risk of neural tube birth defects are not in fact associated with a decline in the birth defects. Senior author Gary Shaw, DrPH, is quoted.

Los Altos Toddler Discovers Sound through Cochlear Implants Los Altos Town Crier 5/18/16 Kay Chang, MD, is quoted.

Study: mom’s voice works like a charm on your brain CNNMic; Science World Report; Herald Mail Media 5/18/16 A Stanford study shows that a variety of brain circuits are engaged when children hear their mother's voice. Lead author Daniel Abrams, PhD, and Vinod Menon, PhD, are quoted.

Treating children with acute respiratory distress syndrome Daily Rx News 5/18/16 Researchers have found that using steroid medication to treat children with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome significantly reduces inflammation. Lead study author, Kanwaljeet Anand, MD, MBBS, is quoted. 

Expanding Outpatient Models – How to build a world-class heart center while maintaining a healthy bottom line Executive Insight Magazine May 2016. Contributed byline article from Kathy VanCamp, on pages 14-15 of the May 2016 edition of the magazine.

Emergency Resuscitation Training – the Revive Initiative ensures that nurses are ready to respond Advanced Healthcare Network 5/17/16 James Trietsch, DO, Felice Su, MD, and Deborah Franzon, MD, are quoted. Michael Chen, MD, and Krysta Schlis, MD, are mentioned in this article written by Lynda Knight, RN, MSN.

What happens in kids’ brains when they hear mom’s voice TIME; HealthDay News; Live ScienceMedical DailyDaily Mail (UK) 5/16/16 A new Stanford study shows that a variety of brain circuits are engaged when children hear their mother's voice. In the extensive press coverage of the study lead author Daniel Abrams, PhD, and senior author Vinod Menon, PhD, are quoted.

Exploring relationships between doctors and patients, and how they influence health Stanford Medicine Magazine 5/16/16 The Spring issue of Stanford Medicine Magazine explores doctor-patient relationships. In a story entitled “Moment of Youth – Pediatricians Find Opportunity In Caring For At-Risk Teens,” Seth Ammerman, MD, is featured.

When a disaster strikes, how prepared will Stanford be? Palo Alto Weekly 5/13/16 This article discusses how prepared both the adult and children’s hospital will be in the event of a major catastrophe. Brandon Bond, administrative director of the Office of Emergency Management at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children's Health, is quoted.

Watsonville nonprofit holds camp for children with cancer Santa Cruz Sentinel 5/13/16 Kate Yablonski, LCSW, is quoted.

When do you give up on treating a child with cancer? New York Times Magazine 5/12/16 This magazine piece tells the story of a patient family whose young toddler survived a rare form of leukemia that is usually fatal. Barbara Sourkes, PhD, Norman Locayo, MD, and Harvey Cohen, PhD, MD, are quoted.

Ronald McDonald House holds grand opening of expanded facility San Francisco Business TimesABC 7 NewsSan Jose Mercury News 5/11/16 Ronald McDonald House at Stanford held a grand opening on May 10 of its new 67-suite complex.

Grant from entrepreneur Sean Parker founds new immunotherapy center Stanford Daily 5/11/16 The Parker Foundation recently announced the launch of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and, with it, the creation of a Stanford center led by Crystal Mackall, MD, who is quoted in this article. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is also quoted.

Parents mentor parents in first-of-its-kind program Stanford Medicine News Center 5/10/16 This piece profiles the hospital’s parent mentor program. Michele Ashland, parent leader and Lindsey Martins, self-management center manager, provide comment. Karen Wayman, PhD, director of the parent mentor program, is mentioned.

New treatment for children with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Medical News Today 5/9/16 New research led by Kanwaljeet Anand, MD, MBBS, regarding the effects of a new steroid treatment on children suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) has been published in Frontiers in Pediatrics.

Celebrating 25 years of innovation, excellence and care for children and expectant mothers Yahoo; MarketWatchContra Costa TimesSanta Cruz SentinelDenver Post; ABC, Fox, NBC affiliate websites nationwide 5/10/16 A press release announcing the 25th anniversary of the hospital, on June 10, 2016. The anniversary kicks off the one-year countdown to the opening of our new main building. Dean Lloyd Minor, Christopher G. Dawes, David Stevenson, MD, and Christy Sandborg, MD, are quoted.

Tips for creating quality family time when a child has autism spectrum disorder Scope 5/9/16 Highlights a BeWell Q&A offering tips for when a family has a child with autism spectrum disorder. It features Jennifer Phillips, PhD, and Grace Gengoux, PhD.

Trauma center saves boy’s hand—and life Stanford Medicine News Center 5/5/16 A story about a case of a patient who was air lifted to our hospital following a severe car accident. The Pediatric Trauma team successfully reattached his severed hand and treated him for additional head and neck injuries. Garet Comer, MD, and Samuel Cheshier, MD, are quoted. Michael Chen, MD, and Karl Sylvester, MD, are mentioned.

Device helps keep toddler alive while awaiting heart transplant Fox 2 ABC 7 (no clip available) 5/5/16 Local media coverage of a family whose 20-month-old daughter is currently on the Berlin Heart awaiting heart transplant. Seth Hollander, MD, is quoted.

After making heart surgery history, 5-month-old patient is home for good Yahoo; CNBC; Bloomberg; 5/4/16 A press release about the five-month-old patient who is the smallest baby in Northern California – and probably anywhere – to successfully undergo the Norwood procedure. Frank Hanley, MD, and Gail Wright, MD, are quoted.

Brave young girl welcomed home Half Moon Bay Review 5/4/16 The hospital is mentioned.

Immunotherapy is transforming cancer care PhRMA 5/2/16 A recent Science article quotes Crystal Mackall, MD.

Also see: Cocktails for cancer with a measure of immunotherapy Nature 4/13/16

The CDC is investigating a cluster of teen suicides in Palo Alto PRI 5/2/16 Rona Hu, MD, is quoted and Shashank Joshi, MD, is mentioned.

April 2016

Childhood Cancer: heartfelt home treatments The Californian 4/29/16 The hospital is mentioned.

New metric from researchers could help kids with cerebral palsy Geek Wire 4/28/16 Jessica Rose, PhD, is quoted.

Autism advocates look to tech but cash is an issue USA Today 04/27/16 This story discusses ways researchers here are using the Google Glass device to help autistic children recognize and classify emotions. Project lead Dennis Wall, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: How Google Glass could help children with autism CBS News 5/12/16

Autism symposium for parents, educators to be held May 7 Yahoo; Bloomberg; Inside Stanford Medicine 4/25/16 The hospital and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health will present the ninth annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update, an event that gives members of the community a chance to learn about new autism research and therapies. Antonio Hardan, MD, is quoted.

Dean Lloyd Minor kicks off the second annual Childx conference Scope 04/21/16 The second annual Childx conference on maternal and infant health began on April 20. Dean Lloyd Minor launched the conference by welcoming the attendees. ​

Child taken to hospital after becoming unresponsive at school Half Moon Bay Review 4/20/16 The hospital is mentioned.

Bellarmine star fights off mysterious spinal condition Oakland Tribune; Mercury News; Monterey Herald and across other BANG outlets 4/20/16 Patient story mentioning the hospital.

Health Disparities Research Center launched with $11.5 million Grant Stanford Medicine News Center 4/19/16 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted and Tom Robinson, MD, MPH, is mentioned.

Thieves Steal from Teen About to Undergo Brain Surgery ABC 7; Houston Mirror 4/19/16 Gerald Grant, MD, FACS, is quoted. Also see follow upSan Francisco police help teen with brain tumor after auto theft ABC7

Editorial: Hopes rise for teen psych unit Palo Alto Weekly 4/15/16 The hospital is mentioned.

Ailing fetuses to be treated with stem cells Science Magazine 04/14/16 Maria Roncarolo, MD, is mentioned in this piece about developing prenatal stem cell therapies that aim to treat fetuses with life threatening and debilitating disorders.

Partnerships Boost Stanford Medicine Children's and Community Hospitals Health Leaders Media 4/14/16 Christopher G. Dawes offers his perspective on the topic of consolidation in pediatric healthcare.

Hospital leader earns top certification as patient experience professional Yahoo; Bloomberg; CNBC 4/11/16 A press release announcing that Christine Cunningham, director of patient experience, earned the credential of Certified Patient Experience Professional (CPXP) by the Patient Experience Institute (PXI). Cunningham is among the first in the country to receive this certification.

Yvonne Maldonado, MD discusses polio vaccine KCBS radio (no link available) 4/11/16

Improvement over disruption, revenue cycle: Andrew Ray Healthcare Financial Management Association April 2016Article penned by Andrew Ray, director of professional revenue cycle.

Also see: Acquisitions, scale key to pediatric revenue cycle management RevCycle Intelligence 4/4/16

Article based on an interview given by Ray at the HIMSS16 conference.

Hawaii family comes to Stanford to save their 2-year-old boy ABC 7 4/5/16 Story about a family’s journey to Packard and through a living organ donor transplant to save their son. Ronald McDonald House is featured.

CA lawmakers bill would create health standards for models Mercury News 4/5/16 James Lock, MD, provides comment.

Transplant program again recognized as a national leader Yahoo 4/4/16 New data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network again confirms our transplant program as a national leader in pediatric organ transplantation. Carlos Esquivel, PhD, MD, is quoted.

Miscarriage Myths Self Magazine 4/4/16 Lynn Westphal, MD, provides insight.

Decades after pediatric heart surgery, new problems emerging for many patients Houston Chronicle 4/3/16 Susan Fernandes, PA-C, director for the Adult Congenital Heart Program at Packard and Stanford is quoted.

Children's hospitals partner with community providers to coordinate care Fierce Healthcare 4/1/16 Christopher G. Dawes offers his perspective on the topic of consolidation in pediatric healthcare.

March 2016

Countdown to Childx: Talking Zika with a Stanford infectious disease expert Scope 03/31/16 A School of Medicine podcast featuring Desiree LaBeaud, MD, speaking about Zika, her research in Kenya and the Childx conference. She is speaking at the conference, which will be held April 21 and 22, registration now open.  

Pediatric cardiology researcher-scientist honored for lifetime of contributions Yahoo; Oakland Tribune 3/30/16 Marlene Rabinovitch, MD, will have the honor of giving the 2016 J. Burns Amberson Lecture at the American Thoracic Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco on May 15. The lecture honors the late Dr. Amberson and recognizes “a career of major lifetime contributions to clinical or basic pulmonary research and/or clinical practice.”

How your child's love for music may be destroying their hearing Deseret News; Herald Times 3/29/16 Melissa Tribble, AuD, is quoted.

Automated integration of continuous glucose monitor data in the electronic health record using consumer technology Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 3/27/16 Report co-authored by Rajiv Kumar, MD (recently moved outside of the organization), detailing how widely available consumer technology can enable automated integration of patient device data into a health system EHR in order to triage care between scheduled clinic visits and simultaneously improve healthcare provider workflow.

Prenatal steroids reduce risk of brain bleeding in preemies Medical Xpress; Health Canal 3/27/16 A study led by Henry Lee, MD, and colleagues found that steroid treatments given before birth can protect premature infants against brain hemorrhages after they are born. The study was published online March 24 in the Journal of Perinatology.

Kim Roberts named Silicon Valley Power Executive Silicon Valley Business Journal 3/25/16 Chief strategy officer for Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and CEO of Packard Children’s Health Alliance, Kim Roberts was named one of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Power Executives 2016.

Helping people blossom to transform patient care Planet Lean 3/22/16 A feature on the hospital’s lean transformation. Written by Luanne Smedley, administrative director of Clinical Access and Family Resources Services.

Oakland girl beats cancer, sets sights on conquering half marathon Oakland Tribune 3/17/16 The hospital is mentioned in this local patient story.

Bay Area kids with irregular heart rhythms get their lives back through implantable cardioverter defibrillators Yahoo; Contra Costa TimesDenver Post 3/16/16 Anne Dubin, MD, and Lauren Schneider, PsyD, are quoted. Scott Ceresnak, MD, Kara Motonaga, MD, and nurse practitioners, Debra Hanisch, CPNP, and Tony Trela, are mentioned.

Managing genetic tests can prevent misorders, avoid costs, Stanford study shows GenomeWeb (subscription required; email for copy) 03/16/16 Actively monitoring doctors' use of genetic tests can save hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a presentation by David Stevenson, MD.

Comment on a pharma company’s clinical trial findings that marijuana-based drug reduces seizures in children  3/14/16 Christine Halaburka, MD, at our Silicon Valley Pediatricians location is quoted.

Emergence of Zika compounds the global burden of mosquito-borne viruses 3/12/16 Infectious Diseases in Children spoke with several infectious disease and travel medicine experts about the rise of Zika virus, its relationship to chikungunya and dengue virus, the implications of its association with microcephaly, and possible solutions to this emerging global health crisis. Desiree LaBeaud, MD, MS, is quoted.

Steven Adelsheim, MD, discusses youth mental health with Palo Alto Weekly Beyond the Headlines — PA Weekly 3/11/16 In a new, weekly half-hour webcast, the Palo Alto Weekly discussed Stanford’s programs around youth mental health and wellness with Steven Adelsheim, MD.

Probiotics: treating pediatric GI disorders Today’s Dietician 3/10/16 Ann Ming Yeh, MD, is quoted.

Bay Area startups recognized at SXSW Oakland Tribune; Contra Costa Times; San Jose Mercury News 3/10/16 Our hospital was mentioned in relation to Cocoon Cams, which will be in the NICU next month, and will be tested against data gathered by the hospital's standard machines. The SF-based company’s product — Cocoon Cam — is a video baby monitor that tracks an infant's heart rate, breathing and temperature without touching the baby. A camera placed up to five feet away detects changes in skin color as the heart beats, and the rise and fall of the baby's chest with each breath.

Food, Toys, and Love: pediatric palliative care  3/9/16 Barbara Sourkes, PhD, authored this piece.

Why do babies have seizures? Romper 3/9/16 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is cited.

Around San Ramon: family’s annual blood drive another success Contra Costa Times 3/8/16 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Preparedness for the Zika Virus: A Public Health Emergency Symposium 3/7/16 ABC 7Mercury News; KRON 4; NBC Bay AreaUnivision. Yvonne Maldonado MD, spoke at this highly publicized symposium.

Global Alliance to eradicate Rh disease kicks off at Stanford Bloomberg 3/7/16 The CURhE (Consortium for Universal Rh disease Elimination) is a global alliance set up to eradicate Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and the Newborn (HDFN). Vinod K. Bhutani, MD, is mentioned.

FDA rejects new drugs for Duchenne muscular dystrophy San Francisco Chronicle (subscription required) 3/06/16 Children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common form of the muscle-wasting disease in kids, rarely live beyond their 20s and no drugs have been approved specifically to treat their condition. This article discusses how the FDA has rejected new drugs for the disease. John Day, MD is quoted.

A focus on the growing athlete Scope 3/04/16 This blog post discusses a recent article in the winter edition of Stanford Medicine News that highlights two Stanford Medicine Children’s Health programs designed to help prevent these injuries: the newly developed Young Athletes Academy and the Pediatric Motion and Sports Performance Lab. Charles Chan, MD, is quoted.

From loss, a new purpose Modern Luxury Silicon Valley 3/3/16 Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted.

Hospital art news Art Fix Daily 3/1/16 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is mentioned in this article highlighting an artist’s work that has been made part of the hospital’s permanent collection.

February 2016

Magnet-powered bone lengthening device saves kids pain, infection risk Yahoo; Bloomberg; CNBC 2/29/16 Press release about a device that reduces the pain, scarring and infection risk associated with lengthening a leg bone. The release features a patient story and comments from Scott Hoffinger, MD

Eating disorders in college athletes 
NBC Bay Area 2/29/16 According to the National Eating Disorders Association, college athletes are among those most likely to develop bone fractures and organ failures associated with eating disorders. Stanford researchers are working on a tool that will identify student-athletes at risk before they develop long-term health problems. Jennifer Carlson, MD, was interviewed during this segment.

Stanford preps insurance products for Bay Area tech employers ModernHealthcare.comCalifornia Healthline 2/26/16 In a conversation with Modern Healthcare, Christopher G. Dawes provided comment.

Babies born early may face anesthesia risks into young adulthood Health 2/25/16 Kanwaljeet Anand, MD, is quoted.

Embryo squishing could lead to more IVF babies Telegraph (U.K.); Scope blog 2/24/16 Squeezing a fertilized egg and seeing how well it bounces back may be the key to improving IVF success rates, according to new Stanford research. Barry Behr, PhD, David Camarillo, PhD and Livia Yanez, PhD, are quoted in this article.

‘Warrior’ Loses Battle with Cancer Register-Pajaronian 2/24/16 Packard Children’s is mentioned.

Local Symposium Focuses on Adolescent Addiction The Almanac 2/24/16 Anna Lembke, MD, is mentioned.

New Stanford research offers hope for faster autism diagnosis Scope 2/23/16 Dennis Wall, PhD, is featured.

Family travels coast-to-coast for their child’s life-saving heart surgery Yahoo; CNBC 2/23/16 Press release featuring a Heart Center patient family’s uplifting story on how surgeon Frank Hanley, MD, was able to save their young son.

Families attend Stanford Health Care Conference on living with cardiomyopathy Mercury News 2/20/16 Euan Ashley, MD is quoted in this article covering the event — "Affairs of the Heart: Living with Inherited Cardiomyopathy" at Stanford on February 20.  An interview with one of our Heart Center families is also featured.

Larger Ronald McDonald House at Stanford still feels 'like a home, not a hotel' Monterey Herald; Woodland Daily Democrat 2/19/16 Packard Children’s is mentioned in this article about the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford expansion.

Could the right gut microbes help fight childhood malnutrition? Washington Post 2/18/16 New studies suggest that gut bacteria could help protect against malnutrition. David Relman, MD, who was not involved in the research, is quoted here. 

GHX Honors “Best 50” Healthcare Providers for Supply Chain Excellence Enhanced Online News 2/17/16 Packard Children’s was named in this article as one of the 50 companies recognized out of 4,000 hospitals in the U.S. and Canada for operational performance and driving down costs through the supply chain.

David Stevenson, MD, announced as 2016 recipient of Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award American Pediatric Society 2/16/16 Announced by The Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO), the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award was created in memory of Dr. St. Geme to recognize a pediatrician who is a role model for others to emulate as a clinician, an educator, and/or an investigator. This year’s recipient is our David Stevenson, MD.

Mobile Clinics Serve California’s Growing Homeless Youth Population KQED’s Vital Signs 2/15/16 Story profiling the Teen Health Van program, featuring Seth Ammerman, MD.

Patient mom working to spread awareness of childhood cancer 2/13/16 A patient story that mentions Paul Fisher, MD. Trish Murphy, NP, who is also quoted in the article.

Stanford Women’s Swim Team meet benefits Packard Children’s Palo Alto OnlineStanford Athletics 2/11/16 The hospital is mentioned in article about the Stanford Women’s swim team and their fundraiser for the hospital at the recent Senior Day meet.

As homeless youth populations grow, mobile health clinics are key resource State of Health KQED 2/15/16 Seth Ammerman, MD is featured in this piece about the Teen Health Van Program.

Adult Congenital Heart Program at Stanford offers unusual level of expertise in caring for adults born with heart defects Yahoo and in Spanish; Morningstar; Business Wire; Benzinga 2/10/16 Press release announcing that the program now has seven board-certified specialists in adult congenital heart disease, making it one of the largest groups of such doctors in the country. The seven physicians are among the caregivers who passed the first-ever board certification exam in their field, which is newly recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Robot helps patients socialize and learn San Jose Mercury News and Monterey Herald; Palo Alto Daily News, KTVU Fox 2; Daily Democrat 2/10/16 Story about a new technology being used in the hospital school to help patients stay engaged when they can’t leave their room. Teacher Kevin Danie provides comment.

The "little angel" who helps young Latin American children with cancer Scope 02/08/16 Eduardo Zambrano, MD, helps diagnose tumors that physicians and families in Latin America send to him in decorated boxes. 

Bay Area vaccine controversy reignites in time for Super Bowl San Jose Mercury News 02/06/16 This article discusses how billboards questioning the safety of vaccines have popped in the Bay Area. The ads were paid for by a nonprofit called the Council for Vaccine Safety. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment.

Child Life Program help patients handle stress and have fun Inside Stanford Medicine 2/5/16 Press release issued by the School of Medicine highlighting the program. Anne McCune, chief operating officer; Susan Kinnebrew, director of Child and Family Life Services; and Jacob Lore, CLS, are featured.

Why Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is America’s leading training ground for child neurologists Reuters; Yahoo; Morningstar 2/4/16 Press release about the growth and success of the neurology and neurosurgery programs. Paul Fisher, MD; Gerald Grant, MD, FACS; and Brenda Porter, MD, are quoted. Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, and Samuel Cheshier, MD, are also mentioned.

Also see: 5 Things to Know about Stanford Medicine Children’s Health’s dominance in pediatric neurology Becker’s Spine Review 2/5/16

Bionic pancreas improves glycemic control in children Healio 2/5/16 According to research in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, children with type 1 diabetes assigned to a bihormonal bionic pancreas system for 5 days while attending a diabetes camp saw reduced plasma glucose concentrations, fewer hypoglycemic episodes and lower frequency of carbohydrate interventions than children assigned insulin pump therapy. Bruce Buckingham, MD, and Tran Ly, MD, are quoted.

Why are so many newborns still being denied pain relief? Gizmodo 2/4/16 Kanwaljeet Anand, MD, is quoted.

Pediatric healthcare innovation pitch competition announces $50k prize Virtual Strategy Magazine 2/4/16 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is mentioned.

Young girl with rare brain cancer rallies social media support Kansas City Star 02/03/16 An 8-year-old Kansas girl who has diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, a rare brain cancer, has rallied social media support. Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, who is exploring the new use of an existing drug to treat DIPG, is mentioned. 

Ex-49-er Vernon Davis visits hospital twice during Super Bowl week for Denver Broncos superfan KTVU Fox 2 and multiple affiliates across the county; NBC Bay Area; Mercury;; Fox Sports  2/2/16 Super Bowl week brought unexpected excitement for a big Denver Broncos fan at the hospital. Oncology and heart transplant patient Alex Walter, 18, was featured on our Facebook page as a superfan, calling out to the Broncos to fulfill his wish to meet a player. A day later, ex-Niner and now Bronco tight end Vernon Davis surprised Alex at the hospital school. Later in the week Davis reached out to the hospital again. This time, he had news that Levi’s Stadium was giving Alex tickets to SB50.  

Also See: Super Bowl 50: Vernon Davis delivers Super Bowl tickets to young patient KTVU; KRON 4; NBC Bay Area (KNTV) and Denver; CBS and ABC affiliates across the country; Mercury News and multiple Bay Area News Group publications; KLIV AM radio; Niners Nation - and dozens more.

Questions adolescent boys ask about puberty KQED’S Mindshift Blog 2/2/16 As part of our community education programs, Heart to Heart seminars for adolescents and parents are hosted at the hospital as well as other Packard Children’s facilities. Health educator Rob Lehman, MD, is featured in this blog and podcast about his efforts to change the conversation around puberty by empowering fathers and demonstrating helpful ways to talk about sex and puberty.

Experimental oxygen therapy for San Jose mom saves life of unborn baby KTVU Fox 2; ABC 7 (also affiliates in Chicago, ); Mercury News and all Bay Area News Group outlets; 2/1/16 A first-ever patient treatment to save an unborn baby with a rare heart defect. Oxygen therapy given to a mom and her unborn child turned out to be more successful than doctors could have ever imagined. Theresa Tacy, MD; David Axelrod, MD; Katherine Bianco, MD; were interviewed and Frank Hanley, MD, was mentioned.

Hospitals find a way to say, 'I'm sorry' Wall Street Journal 02/01/16 (subscription required; for a copy, please email); Healthline. The Process for Early Assessment, Resolution and Learning (PEARL) program at Stanford Health Care and Packard Children’s works with patients who have been wronged to apologize and provide remuneration, preventing excessive lawsuits. 

Fast, accurate cystic fibrosis test developed at Stanford Future of You blog on NPR.ORG; Kaiser Health News 2/1/16 Stanford researchers have developed a new test to screen newborns accurately and quickly for cystic fibrosis. Iris Schrijver, MD, is co-author of the study.

See Stanford School of Medicine press release here

Regional hospital gearing up care for Super Bowl surge San Jose Mercury News 2/1/16 Brandon Bond, administrative director of emergency management for Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

Study tries to give C-section babies mom's germs they missed Associated Press 2/1/16 A new study plans to expose infants born via C-section to vaginal bacteria. David Relman, MD, who was not involved in the work, is quoted. 

Zika Virus

Talking about the Zika virus Scope 02/11/16 This 1:2:1 podcast and blog post feature a conversation about the Zika virus with Yvonne Maldonado, MD. Paul Costello, chief communications officer for the School of Medicine, is the host.

Zika fears spur rash of calls to clinics about travel safety San Francisco Chronicle 02/06/16 Desiree LaBeaud, MD, and Michele Barry, MD, provide comment in this article.

Zika and microcephaly: Jury still out MedPage Today 02/01/16 More study is needed about the connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly. Henry Lee, MD, is quoted here. 

January 2016

What to Know If You’re Trying to Get Pregnant Yahoo 1/28/16 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment.

Two New Board Members for 2016 ; Yahoo; Becker’s Hospital Review 1/27/16 Press announcement of two recently appointed board members: Christie Coleman, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Amit Sinha, a managing director at Goldman Sachs.

Preventable ills cause nearly 8 million childhood deaths globally 01/25/16 Most of the nearly eight million deaths of children and teens around the world in 2013 were avoidable, according to a new report from the Global Burden of Disease Pediatrics Collaboration. Paul Wise, MD, MPH, and Gary Darmstadt, MD, MS, wrote an editorial on the issue in JAMA Pediatrics.

Information is power KIKI 1010AM (Spanish language- (email for link to download program) 1/12/16 Julieta Sharma with our pediatric weight control program was interviewed.

Survey: Children’s Heart Center has exceptional outcomes — even while tackling the most complex cases in the U.S. Yahoo; BusinessWire 1/25/16 News release announcing recent data from the Children’s Hospital Association’s Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS). Stephen Roth, MD, is quoted.

Heart Center family featured on Dateline NBC stations nationwide; NBC Weekend News Stanford Report; Children’s Hospital Association newsletter; Healthier, Happy Lives 1/17/16-1/25/16 The second Dateline program following a patient family and their journey with multiple children with dilated cardiomyopathy. Heart Center care for the family over many years can be seen throughout the broadcast.

Also see: Special video: ‘Life in the Hospital’ featuring interviews with hospital teacher Kathy Ho and Danielle McTaggart, Recreation Therapy and Child Life Specialist in the Emergency Department.

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health launches Young Athletes Academy Becker’s Orthopedic ReviewReuters; Physical Therapy Products 1/21/16 Official press release announcing the launch of this new initiative, part of the Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine ProgramCharles Chan, MD and Scott Larson, executive administrative director of the program, are quoted.

Also see: Doctors see a rising trend in ACL injuries in young athletes KCBS Radio; KRON 4; KTVU Fox 2 (online links not available, email for files) 1/13/16 Charles Chan, MD, comments in local news stories about his patient, a young athlete who underwent and is recovering from a surgical ACL repair.

Stanford shows new surgery technique with hydrocephalus app iMedicalApps 1/25/16 An article about a Stanford Medicine Children’s Health patient education app that was created with Gerald Grant, MD, to describe hydrocephalus surgery procedures.

Emotional homecoming for Santa Maria boy KEYT Channel 3(Santa Maria) 1/23/16 The hospital is mentioned as part of a patient story where the child recently returned home after rehabilitation post hand reattachment surgery done at Packard Children’s.

U.S. lags behind in reducing stillbirths late in pregnancy NPR 01/22/16 Suzan Carmichael, MD, is quoted. 

Teen Health Van spotlighted in ‘Bay Area Proud’ segment KNTV (NBC) 1/21/16 In this feature segment, Seth Ammerman, MD, speaks about the program’s history, purpose and growth over the past twenty years.

Superheroes to the rescue: A creative approach to educating kids about asthma Scope 01/21/16 Iggy and the Inhalers, a multimedia education program, aims to teach children about, and help them deal with, asthma. Richard Moss, MD, provides comment.

CDC: At-risk youths skip out on HIV testing MedPage Today 1/20/16 A new survey shows that only a third of young adults have been tested for HIV. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Reducing cesarean delivery rates, without jeopardizing safety Scope 01/14/16 Deirdre Lyell, MD, comments on an effort to reduce California's cesarean delivery rates, which vary significantly between hospitals. 

Teen mom photo stirs controversy, banned from yearbook Yahoo Parenting 1/11/16 Sophia Yen, MD, MPH, provides comment.

Why do babies’ eyes change color? Huffington Post 1/8/16 Douglas Frederick, MD is quoted.

Barry Fleisher Continues His Chronicling of Hospital Construction InMenlo 1/7/16 A profile piece about Barry Fleisher, MD, retired Stanford physician, who has chronicled the construction of the expansion in photographs.

Proper nutrition is critical for teen health and brain development US News 1/5/16 Neville Golden, MD, gives insight. 

2016 the year of consumerism in healthcare as providers rush to adapt Health Care Finance News 1/4/16 Andrew Ray, director of physician revenue cycle operations, is quoted.

How our pediatric advocacy program and a community partnership brightened the holiday season Healthier, Happier Lives; US China Press 1/4/16 Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, and Janine Bruce, DrPH, MPH, research associate and director of the pediatric advocacy program, are quoted.

2015: The year's biggest Hospital Management stories 1/4/16 Packard Children’s expansion is included as one of the year’s biggest stories in this publication.

Stanford bringing gene editing to patients with deadly diseases SJ Mercury 1/1/16 The work of Matt Porteus, MD, PhD, is featured. Maria Grazia Roncarolo, MD, is also mentioned.

Peninsula couple welcomes first baby born in Santa Clara County in 2016 Mercury News 1/1/16 Also, see mention of first South Bay baby born Contra Costa Times 1/1/16