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

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 (email for clip); 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 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 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; San Antonio Express 2/4/16. Stanford 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 News;;; 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. 

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; KLTV 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 Blog; 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 Children’s Health launches Young Athletes Academy Becker’s Orthopedic Review; Reuters; 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 Program. Charles 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 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


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