COVID-2019 Alert

The latest information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, including vaccine clinics for children ages 5 years old and older.

La información más reciente sobre el nuevo Coronavirus de 2019, incluidas las clínicas de vacunación para niños de 5 años en adelante.


News Coverage

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.

December 2020

How hopeful can we be about 2021? 7 infectious disease experts weigh in Today 12/31/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses how the lack of large holidays during the spring months could potentially reduce gatherings and related COVID-19 transmission.

Portrait of a virus: How the perfect pathogen swept the globe and shut down our world San Francisco Chronicle 12/31/20 This article takes a look back on the COVID-19 pandemic and the world’s response to the virus. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Will new COVID variant in U.S. affect vaccines, why is it more contagious? Newsweek 12/30/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses how the COVID-19 vaccines should be able to combat new strains of the virus—and possibly make antibodies to the mutation as well.

Aggressive RBC transfusions no help in extremely small babies MedpageToday; 12/30/20 Lance Prince, MD, is quoted.

'The best present': Previously conjoined Sacramento twins are home for Christmas Greater Sacramento NBC (KCRA 3) 12/24/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

Dr. Fauci: New variant may already be in the U.S. CNN 12/22/20 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the latest variant strain and collected data, along with the importance of how practicing social distancing and wearing masks is the best defense right now.

Deploying technologies to enable federated analytics HealthTech Magazines 12/22/20 Brendan Watkins, chief analytics officer at Stanford Children’s Health, discusses why technologies to support federated analytics are more sophisticated and accessible than ever before.

A world-class emergency department just for Bay Area kids Red Tricycle 12/21/20 Jason Lowe, DO, highlights the pediatric emergency department at Stanford Medicine, what differentiates it from a regular emergency department and why it matters.

CDC panel issues guidance on who should get the vaccine next Bay Area NBC (KNTV 4), San Diego NBC 12/21/20 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.
Also see: ScrubsMag

Police, firefighters, teachers will be next in line for COVID-19 vaccine USA Today 12/20/20 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Next recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine have been approved by CDC panel KCBS Radio 12/20/20 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the CDC advisory panel recommendation of Phase 1-B, which includes front-line essential workers and adults over 75.

C.D.C. panel endorses Moderna vaccine for Americans New York Times 12/19/20 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

FDA expert panel endorses Moderna coronavirus vaccine Bay Area KRON 4 12/18/20 Hayley Gans, MD, is quoted.
Also see: AAP

CDC asking patients who take COVID-19 vaccine to download app to report symptoms Corpus Christi NBC (KZTV 10) 12/18/20 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Advanced diabetes technology poised to play larger role in care, management Healio 12/18/20 Bruce Buckingham, MD, discusses how each new technology systems offer different advantages, and suggests each one is improving with each generation.

County supervisor honors two faculty members for work during COVID-19 pandemic Stanford Medicine News Center 12/18/20 Infectious disease expert Yvonne Maldonado, MD, and psychiatrist Steven Adelsheim, MD, were awarded service medals by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian for advancing the wellbeing of county residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects: What we know so far CNET 1/17/20 Roshni Mathew, MD, is quoted.

The new COVID vaccines are safe. Here's how we know. Men’s Health 12/17/20 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the different COVID-19 vaccines and the process being taken to gather data.

Big tobacco: Trust us to solve the smoking epidemic Huffington Post 12/17/20 Philip Morris International is rebranding itself with ads touting development of “smoke-free,” “better” and “less-risky” alternatives to conventional tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Stanford psychiatrist on how COVID-caused isolation has affected young athletes Mercury News 12/16/20 A Q&A with Antonio Hardan, MD, about the impact of COVID-19 on youth mental health, particularly as it has impacted children’s and teens’ ability to participate in organized sports.

Stanford offers telehealth PrEP program for teens The Bay Area Reporter 12/16/20 Geoff Hart-Cooper, MD, and Megen Vo, MD, discuss the Stanford Virtual PrEP Program, designed to expand access to HIV prevention for adolescents using telehealth to connect youth with trained sexual health providers.

Health-care workers are getting the COVID-19 vaccine first. That raises a question: Who is a health-care worker? MarketWatch 12/16/20 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Microchips and mandatory shots: Don't fall for these coronavirus vaccine myths CNET 12/16/20 Experts debunk myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. Roshni Mathew, MD, is quoted.

With guidance from faculty experts, Stanford Medicine prepares to deploy COVID-19 vaccine Stanford Medicine News Center 12/16/20 Grace Lee, MD, and Yvonne Maldonado, MD, are quoted.

COVID-19 vaccine has been distributed, what now? ABC Bay Area 12/15/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.
Also see: NBC Los Angeles

Guidelines suggest children are at low risk for opioid addiction Legal Reader 12/15/20 Elliot Krane, MD, discusses new guidelines related to prescribing opioids to children after surgery, and opines on whether there is sufficient evidence that opioid abuse is increasing in children.

Bay Area healthcare systems experience delays in coronavirus test results KCBS Radio 12/14/20 James Zehnder, MD, is quoted.

California wants hospitals to test every worker for coronavirus starting Monday. But is that even feasible? San Francisco Chronicle 12/13/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

TheatreWorks lets students peek behind career curtain Mercury News; East Bay Times 12/13/20 The hospital is mentioned.

CDC advisers agree with FDA: COVID-19 vaccine is ok for public use NPR 12/12/20 Grace Lee, MD, a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is quoted.
Also see: The News-Gazette

Everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and children Yahoo Life; Yahoo Finance 12/12/20 Hayden Schwenk, MD, is quoted.

How long can human embryos stay frozen? Live Science 12/12/20 Recently, a healthy baby was born in Tennessee from an embryo that had been frozen for 27 years, a possible record for the longest a human embryo has stayed frozen before being born. Barry Behr, PhD, is quoted in this article.

COVID-19 vaccine makers turn toward testing children Wall Street Journal 12/11/20 Though adults have already begun to get vaccinated against COVID-19, it will likely be several months before a vaccine is approved and available for kids. Grace Lee, MD, is featured.
Also see: New York Times, KCBS Radio, NBC Bay Area Additional coverage on this topic featuring Yvonne Maldonado, MD: Kaiser Health News, Healthline, Very Well Health

‘Help is on the way': How the U.S. will turn the tide of the pandemic in 2021 NBC News 12/11/20 The coming year brings many unknowns, but imminent vaccine rollouts, greater availability of treatments and social changes give hope for a brighter 2021. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Remote school as the gateway drug to social media New York Times 12/10/20 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, a founder of Stanford’s Human Screenome Project, is quoted.

FDA advisory panel endorses Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine STAT News 12/10/20 Hayley Gans, MD, a member of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), is quoted.
Also see: CBS Bay Area; Infection Control Today

Stanford’s self-swab testing kit granted Swift FDA approval Stanford Daily 12/10/20 Christina Kong, MD, is quoted.

San Francisco participants sought for Stanford coronavirus study 12/9/20 Stanford researchers are seeking participation among San Francisco County residents in the Community Alliance to Test Coronavirus at Home Study (CATCH) to help estimate the true prevalence of COVID-19 across the Bay Area’s 8.5 million population, and to ultimately aid in the effort to reopen schools, workplaces and communities. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Santa Cruz Participants Sought for Stanford Coronavirus Study

Here’s why vaccinated people still need to wear a mask New York Times 12/8/20 Although data suggests the new COVID-19 vaccines will prevent people from getting sick with the virus, it is not yet known how well they will curb the spread of the virus to others. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Vulnerable communities: Hard-hit Latino population split on vaccine requirement NBC Bay Area 12/8/20 Latinx populations around the Bay Area have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus and reports show conflicting responses among certain communities about whether a vaccine should be mandatory. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Top children's hospitals for tech, innovation by Parents magazine Becker’s Hospital Review 12/8/20 PARENTS magazine has named Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford to its list of Most Innovative Children’s Hospitals, highlighting the Stanford Children’s Health donor heart matching program.

New smartphone tool to track side effects of the coronavirus vaccine may be vulnerable to manipulation Washington Post 12/7/20 Experts discuss the strengths and limitations of technologies used to track vaccine safety. Grace Lee, MD, is interviewed.

Playgrounds closed across most of the bay area under new COVID-19 restrictions NBC Bay Area 12/7/20 Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

Why are there so few COVID-19 drugs? Mercury News 12/6/20 Article discusses the challenges of developing and testing COVID-19 drugs and therapies. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

‘Natural immunity’ from COVID is not safer than a vaccine New York Times 12/5/20 Experts address questions about vaccine immunity, including whether people who have already have COVID-19 will need a vaccine. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Santa Clara County fines hospitals for failing to comply with COVID-19 testing order San Jose Spotlight 12/5/20 Christina Kong, MD, is quoted.

8 facts about the coronavirus to combat common misinformation Washington Post 12/4/20 Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

Why your kid is addicted to sweets and how to strike a balance Parents 12/4/20 Anisha Patel, MD is featured.

Top priorities for CIOs as COVID-19 spikes Becker’s Hospital Review 12/4/20 Ed Kopetsky, chief information officer, is featured.

Youth vaping rates have plunged during lockdown HealthDay 12/3/20 New research shows that vaping among teens and young adults has decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, with two-thirds of e-cigarette users reporting that they've either cut back or quit. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, the senior author of the study, is quoted in this article.
Also see: Healio, Medical Xpress, UPI,

Kids, toxic smoke and inequality New York Times 12/2/20 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted in this article about the long-lasting effects of wildfire smoke, particularly on a child’s immune system.

Long-term-care residents and health workers should get vaccine first, CDC panel says The New York Times 12/2/20 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Salon, CIDRAP

Top 15 children’s hospitals in innovation and technology Parents 12/2/20 PARENTS magazine has named Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to its list of Most Innovative Children’s Hospitals, highlighting the Stanford Children’s Health donor heart matching program. John Dykes, MD, is quoted.

Why experts say teachers should be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine Huffpost 12/2/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Here’s when we may get a COVID-19 vaccine for children Healthline 12/2/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses why it may take months before children will be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Also see: AAP News

The truth about the COVID-19 vaccine’s availability for pregnant women and kids The List 12/2/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Baby not sleeping throughout the night by 6 months? That’s perfectly normal, researchers say 12/2/20 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Some health care workers are wary of getting COVID-19 vaccines NPR 12/1/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area needs your help ABC Bay Area (KGO 7) 12/1/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Automatic deep-learning AI tool measures volume of cerebral ventricles on MRIs in children Medical Xpress 12/1/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Opioids for children and teens: New postsurgical guidelines aim to mitigate risks of dependence, misuse Yahoo! 12/1/20 Alan Schroeder, MD, and Elliot Krane, MD, are quoted.

November 2020

New guidelines cover opioid use after children’s surgery The New York Times 11/30/20 Elliot Krane, MD, discusses the risks of opioid use and whether there is enough evidence to show that opioid abuse is increasing in children.

New study shows how pollution from wildfire smoke affects teens’ health ABC Bay Area (KGO 7) 11/30/20 A new study finds that air pollution from wildfire smoke in California is affecting the long-term health of teenagers, Mary Prunicki, MD, is quoted.

Holiday season: Making sure kids’ tummies are full of nutritious foods CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5) 11/30/20 Clinical pediatric dietitian Venus Kalami, MNSP, RD, talks about healthy eating during the holidays and tips for children.

Here are the latest updates on coronavirus treatments and the Moderna, Pfizer and other vaccines San Francisco Chronicle 11/29/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the trial of lambda-interferon and its response to coronavirus infections.

Also see: Government Technology

Wildfire smoke is poisoning California’s kids. Some pay a higher price The New York Times 11/26/20 Kari Nadeau, MD, and Mary Prunicki, MD, discuss how exposure to wildfire smoke, which contains particulate matter pollution and more, can increase the risk of asthma in children and compromise their immune systems.

Also see: KCBS Radio

Health providers report steep decline in childhood vaccinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic KCBS Radio 11/25/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Self-swab kit for COVID-19 test granted emergency-use authorization by FDA Stanford Medicine News 11/25/20 A kit that allows individuals to collect their own nasal swabs and ship the specimens to a lab for COVID-19 testing received an emergency-use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. Christina Kong, MD, is quoted.

How Stanford became a hub for COVID-19 testing Scope, 11/24/20 Stanford Medicine’s early development of testing for COVID-19 infection and antibodies helped guide government responses and stem local spread of the virus. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, and Scott Boyd, MD, are quoted and James Zehnder, MD, is mentioned.

Also see: Stanford Medicine Magazine

5 takeaways about the telehealth boom Managed Healthcare Executive 11/25/20 Natalie Pageler, MD, discusses the widespread adoption of telehealth and key industry takeaways, including the need to advocate for state licensing changes.

Also see: 5 more takeaways about the telehealth boom Managed Healthcare Executive; NEJM Catalyst Online

New mom writes of what a postpartum hemorrhage is like after near-death experience Babygaga 11/25/20 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Doctors say CDC should warn people the side effects from COVID vaccine shots won’t be ‘a walk in the park’ CNBC 11/23/20 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the need to track side effects and the importance of the FDA to weigh the potential benefits over the known risks before granting emergency use authorization of a vaccine for COVID-19.

Also see: NBC News, Wired

S.F. study could bring U.S. closer to fast, reliable coronavirus tests that report results in minutes San Francisco Chronicle 11/23/20 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, discusses how having rapid antigen tests that generate results in minutes, instead of hours or days, could help identify and contain spread in communities.

If you’re under a mask mandate, here’s what this immunologist wants you to know PopSugar 11/23/20 Anne Liu, MD, discusses the rules of a mask mandate; how it varies from place to place and how enforcement also fluctuates based on location

Capitalizing on collaboration in neurology care 11/20/20 Paul Fisher, MD, and Gerald Grant, MD, discuss how their team at the Brain and Behavior Center is bolstering the use of multidisciplinary care and harnessing advances in science to improve the care of children with neurologic disease.

World Prematurity Day: Bringing awareness CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5) 11/20/20 In recognition of World Prematurity Day, Alexis Davis, MD, discusses prematurity and preventions, recent research and the annual graduation ceremony for Packard Children’s NICU patients.

California health care experts plan for distribution of COVID-19 vaccine when available CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5) 11/20/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Using telehealth for adolescent HIV, chronic disease prevention mHealth Intelligence 11/20/20 Geoff Hart-Cooper, MD; Megen Vo, MD; and Carrie Chan, CPNP, discuss the new Virtual PrEP Program, designed to expand access to HIV prevention for adolescents using telehealth to connect youth with trained sexual health providers.

Also see: Hospital Management, Smart Brief, Stanford Children’s Health press release

Bay Area’s soaring coronavirus cases could ‘overwhelm our local health care system,’ experts warn San Francisco Chronicle 11/20/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

How COVID-19 impacts smell Allure 11/18/20 Zara M. Patel, MD, is quoted.

Study warns against overuse of antibiotics in kids under 2, but experts say the drugs ’save lives’ when used correctly AOL 11/18/20 Alan Schroeder, MD, is quoted.

Racial biases in the healthcare industry need to be dismantled Daily Titan, 11/15/20 Lauren Smith, MD, is quoted.

Stanford hospital holds Superhero Day for children with COVID-19 in mind NBC Peoria, IL (25 NEWS) 11/12/20 Superheroes – masquerading as window washers – visit Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Study warns against overuse of antibiotics in kids under 2, but experts say the drugs ’save lives’ when used correctly Yahoo Life 11/18/20 Alan Schroeder, MD, is quoted.

Preparing for a surge in cases Bay Area ABC (KGO) 11/17/20 When the new Stanford Hospital opened its doors to patients last year, it was hard to imagine that just a few short months later the new hospital would serve as the setting for Stanford Medicine’s response to the pandemic. This segment discussed how the building includes technology and design features that have made handling COVID-19 cases easier. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is featured.

Next 2 weeks crucial in COVID-19 fight NBC Bay Area, 11/17/20 Doctors throughout the state and country say the next two weeks will be critical in trying to turn the COVID pandemic around, and hope that new restrictions will be enough to slow the increase in hospitalizations. Anne Liu, MD, is featured.

Menlo Park schools will celebrate Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day this week 11/16/20 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Coronavirus: A month-by-month look at California’s path forward San Jose Mercury 11/15/20 In the first installment of a new series “Coronavirus: The Path Forward,” Yvonne Maldonado, MD, predicts that combinations of therapies – antivirals, anti-inflammatory agents and drugs that regulate immunity — will work best to combat the disease.

Sudden cardiac arrest 49ers Cal-Hi Sports 11/15/20 Erin Moix Grieb, MD, discusses different types of cardiac arrest, why it’s one of the leading cause of death in young athletes, what parents and coaches should look for, and the importance of heart screenings for youth. A former patient and current athlete was also interviewed.

Ask an expert: R3. Recover, Restore and Re-open KCBS Radio 11/13/20 Stanford Medicine experts have created a framework to guide public officials, school administrators and business leaders on re-establishing normal operations during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Mary Leonard, MD, physician-in-chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, is featured.

Also see: Stanford Medicine News Center

Golden State Warriors propose plan for 50% fan attendance at Chase Center games Bay Area CBS (KPIX) 11/13/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, suggests that before large gatherings can resume, there must be an increase in COVID-19 testing, social distancing, masking, as well as vaccination.

CIOs seek analytics, automation and EHR integration for healthier supply chains Healthcare IT News 11/13/20 As COVID-19 surges and supply lines become critical, health system leaders are working toward real-time visibility and predictive tools for inventory, pricing, lead times and demand trends. Garima Srivastava, executive director of enterprise business systems at Stanford Children’s Health, is featured.

Stanford hospital holds Superhero Day for children with COVID-19 in mind KCBS Radio 11/12/20 Superheroes – masquerading as window washers – visit Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Coverage also appeared on: CBS Bay Area (KPIX), ABC Bay Area (KGO), Fox Bay Area (KTVU), NBC Bay Area (KNTV), Fox Sacramento (KTXL), Fox Rochester, MN (KXLT), CBS Lexington, KY (WKYT), NBC Mississippi (WTVA), NBC and ABC affiliates in Beaumont, TX (KJAC and KBMT)

Taiwan stopped Covid-19’s spread, but can’t talk about it at WHO meeting Wall Street Journal 11/12/20 Jason Wang, MD is quoted.

The most pressing issues facing health systems in 2021 Becker’s Hospital Review 11/11/20 Paul King, president and CEO of Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health, discusses the top issues facing health systems in 2021.

Bay Area COVID-19 experts offer advice for President-elect Joe Biden’s team Bay Area ABC (KGO) 11/11/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

The future of healthcare is diverse Becker’s Hospital Review 11/10/20 Article is authored by Rick Majzun, vice president and chief operating officer of Stanford Children’s Health, who discusses a renewed sense of purpose and drive in the health care industry to make significant advances in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) practices.

Stanford Children’s Health names new chief nursing officer Becker’s Hospital Review 11/10/20 Stanford Children’s Health has appointed Jesus Cepero, PhD, MSN, RN, as chief nursing officer, effective in January. Dr. Cepero brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience to the role.

Also see: Stanford Children’s Health press release

The Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius. Is the Bay Area prepared to do that? San Francisco Chronicle 11/9/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Visiting family over the holidays? Here’s how to lower your risk for COVID-19 KQED 11/9/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

30 Days of PH: Pediatric PH patients inspire nurse practitioner 11/9/20 Packard Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

Trials underway using experimental CAR T-cell Therapy for deadly childhood brain cancer Forbes 11/5/20 A new treatment approach for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a deadly childhood brain tumor, is undergoing trials in Seattle. Michelle Monje, MD, is quoted.

3 lean leadership concepts to revisit during a crisis and beyond Becker’s Hospital Review 11/4/20 Article is authored by Rick Majzun, vice president and chief operating officer of Stanford Children’s Health, who discusses three leadership concepts that are critical to the overall health, well-being, and performance of individuals and organizations: time, agility, and permission.

MEDICAL MONDAY: COVID-19 & Trump rallies Bay Area CBS (KPIX), 11/02/20 Anne Liu, MD, discusses a third wave of coronavirus infections as well as a new study that looks at antibody immunity.

Record 61,000 children in the U.S. infected with coronavirus last week San Francisco Chronicle 11/2/20 The highest number of new cases of coronavirus in children since the pandemic began, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Popular Science, Healio, Washington Newsday

Stanford Medicine joins COVID-19 vaccine trials, now recruiting volunteers Bay Area ABC (KGO) 11/1/20 Article describes Stanford’s role as a Phase 3 clinical trial site for a COVID-19 vaccine. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the organization’s efforts to recruit a diverse pool of volunteers, including clinics in lower socioeconomic areas.

October 2020

Stanford Children’s Health celebrates Halloween Bay Area ABC (KGO) 10/31/20 The Child Life team at Packard Children’s Hospital found creative ways for children to have some spook-tacular fun, despite COVID-19 safety regulations. This year’s event allowed kids undergoing medical care to dress-up and experience the holiday even while in the hospital, and bring about some normalcy. Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Around town: Hats off to Natalie… Palo Alto Weekly, 10/31/20 A Stanford Children’s Health patient created a knitting challenge to raise funds for teenagers who receive care from the Stanford Children’s Health Teen Van. The Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area fulfilled Natalie's Yeung’s wish of supporting the Lucile Packard Social Services Fund through a $5,000 donation.

Will the hardest-hit communities get the coronavirus vaccine? New York Times, 10/30/20 Some experts are advocating that disadvantaged communities should receive the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Will kids or pregnant women be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Today 10/29/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the prospect of COVID-19 vaccination for children and pregnant women; to date, these populations have been largely excluded from vaccine trials.

Also see: KDKA News Radio, NBC, WPSD-6

Adults under 30 least likely to wear mask, socially distance Healthline 10/29/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses how young adults play a big role in community transmission and underlines how our behavior is currently our best tool in preventing transmission.

Stanford Health Care affiliates highlight gaps in LGBTQ+ healthcare delivery Stanford Daily 10/29/20 Leslee Subak, MD, and Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, were part of a panel to discuss Stanford Medicine's leadership in LGBTQ+ health.

Farmington Hills native leads Stanford virology lab that created one of first COVID-19 tests The Jewish News 10/27/20 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is featured.

10 Emerging Industry Leaders: Charlette Stallworth Managed Healthcare Executive 10/28/20 Q&A and accompanying video feature Charlette Stallworth, VP of strategic partnerships, who has been named one of Managed Healthcare Executives fourth annual “10 Emerging Industry Leaders.”

Stanford virus expert combats the COVID-19 pandemic Scope 10/28/20 A continued profile on Yvonne Maldonado, MD; she discusses what motivates her and why she is hopeful about finding a vaccine for COVID-19.

COVID-19 risk linked to vaping, but addicted kids find it hard to stop Science News for Students 10/27/20 Article highlights recent research from Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, which found that teens and young adults who vape are at a much higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

The Trump administration shut a vaccine safety office last year. What’s the plan now? New York Times 10/23/20 The National Vaccine Program Office was disbanded by the Trump administration last year. This article discusses how its elimination has left the effort for coronavirus vaccines split between federal agencies. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

The disturbing history of research into transgender identity Scientific American 10/23/20 This article, written by fellow Jack Turban, MD, discusses how research into the determinants of gender identity may do more harm than good.

Protecting your birth: A guide for black mothers New York Times 10/22/20 This opinion piece, co-written by Erica Cahill, MD, discusses how racism can impact pre- and postnatal care — and advice for speaking to your physician about it.

Stanford surgeon studies how to improve scoliosis treatment Scope 10/22/20 Stanford researchers have several projects underway to improve imaging techniques, bracing treatment and surgeries for kids and teens with scoliosis. John Vorhies, MD; Kali Tileston, MD; Michael Gardner, MD; and Chi-Ho Ban Tsui, MD, are mentioned.

New Stanford study to help us understand how COVID-19 spreads NBC Bay Area 10/21/20 Stanford Medicine scientists are leading a new COVID-19 study they said could help understand where and how the virus is spreading, especially in communities that might not have the same access to traditional testing. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interview.

School reopenings: Study finds low infection rates among in-person classes so far CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV) 10/21/20 Alan Schroeder, MD, is interviewed.

How can you track community spread of COVID-19 in your area? Today 10/20/20 Experts discuss ways community spread can be measured and monitored, and what to do if cases increase in your area. Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Children’s Health Earns 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition Stanford Children's Health Press Release 10/20/20 Stanford Children’s Health has earned the 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities. This is the sixth straight year that Stanford Children’s Health has received the Most Wired designation. Ed Kopetsky, chief information officer, is quoted.

Vera, Stanford brainchild backed by Silicon Valley, aims to manage COVID-19 testing—for the entire nation Stanford Daily 10/20/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

COVID-19 and pollution: 'Delhi staring at coronavirus disaster' BBC News 10/19/20 Mary Prunicki, MD, PhD, discusses the health impact of poor air quality, and suggests air pollution may exacerbate the spread of COVID-19.

Also see: Palo Alto Weekly

Should parents test for COVID if their kid might just have a cold? Smithsonian Magazine 10/19/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Governor Newsom names scientific safety review workgroup to advise state on COVID-19 vaccines Office of Governor Newsom Press Release 10/19/20 Governor Newsom announced last week that California will not allow distribution of a coronavirus vaccine(s) until it is reviewed by the state’s own panel of experts. The workgroup includes Yvonne Maldonado, MD, and Grace Lee, MD.

Also see: CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV); Mountain View Voice

How to plan a safe, small Bay Area holiday gathering during pandemic San Francisco Chronicle 10/18/20 This article discusses ways to gather safely during the holidays. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is quoted.

The other pandemic Psychology Today 10/15/20 Parents of special-needs children are especially challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Heidi Feldman, MD, is quoted.

By the numbers: 5 important COVID-19 stats that everyone should know Reno Gazette Journal 10/12/20 Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

Army vet Chang helps patients and doctors at Stanford Children’s Health Equal Opportunity Magazine (p. 18-19) October 2020 Article features Young-Ju Chang, the Stanford Children’s Health clinical resident instructor in the pediatric MRI department, who talks about how the Army helped her build a foundation in leadership and management and why she chose a hospital-based medical imaging career with a patient care aspect.

September 2020

‘I’ve trained my whole life for this’ Stanford Medicine Magazine September 2020 Drawing on a career defined early by treating kids with HIV, Yvonne Maldonado, MD, has become a key player in shaping Stanford Medicine’s response to COVID-19 as she has guided research efforts, worked closely with infection control leaders across the country, and served as Stanford’s primary scientific spokesperson to explain COVID-19 to the public.

What to do if you’re having suicidal thoughts Teen Vogue 9/30/20 This article offers guidance for teens and adolescents who may be having suicidal thoughts. Stephanie Clarke, PhD, is quoted.

Telehealth visits and advanced technology help teen diagnosed with heart condition during pandemic blog 9/29/20 All while sheltering in place, telehealth visits and at-home monitoring made it possible for 19-year-old Lena O’Grady to be diagnosed and treated for a heart condition called supraventricular tachycardia. Anne Dubin, MD, and Sarina Behera, MD, are featured.

Four different family members. Four different covid-19 outcomes. Wall Street Journal 9/28/20 (subscription may be required; to request a copy please email Researchers at Stanford are working to understand why the effects of COVID-19 can be drastically varied among individuals, as well as the long term impact of the virus. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD is featured.

Also see: Mercury News; CBS Bay Area

Expert recognizes major advances in field during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Targeted Oncology 9/26/20 Q&A features Tanja Gruber, MD, PhD, who discusses key advances in pediatric oncology treatment, with a focus on the evolving role of CAR T-cell therapy.

Also see: Cure Today

Getting youth athletes back on the field Healthier, Happy Lives Blog 9/25/20 The Stanford Children’s Health sports medicine team is helping youth sports teams across the Bay Area safely return to practice during the pandemic. Christine Boyd, MD, has advised teams on implementation of safe distancing, mask policies, sanitation measures, health screening and check-in and checkout processes.

Smart tips to help your kid cope with JIA Health Central 9/24/20 Joyce Hsu, MD, discusses ways to combat symptoms of pain, fatigue and anxiety that accompany juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

CIOs spill the beans on the phrases they hate to hear Healthcare IT News 9/24/20 From "outlawed" buzzwords to frustratingly defeatist attitudes, more than a dozen health IT pros share their least favorite expressions. Lisa Grisim, VP and associate chief information officer, is quoted.

5 questions: Flu vaccination in a time of COVID-19 Stanford Medicine News Center 9/23/20 In a Q&A, Shanthi Kappagoda, MD, explains why it’s especially important to be receive a flu vaccine this year.

Medical schools report record application numbers WebMD 9/23/20 Medical schools are seeing a record number of applications this year as prospective students express more interest in becoming doctors during the coronavirus pandemic. Iris Gibbs, MD, is quoted.

Stanford team improves diagnostics for newborns’ brain bleeds Scope, 9/23/20 With changes in ultrasound technology, Stanford researchers have improved the method of diagnosing brain bleeds, a common form of birth injury in newborns. The new technology should allow physicians to create detailed maps of normal brain activity in healthy babies and then use these maps as a baseline for evaluating the functional impact of small strokes. Erika Rubesova, MD, co-authored the study and is quoted.

Addressing IT security concerns in a post-COVID-19 world Health Tech Magazine 9/23/20 The pandemic has demonstrated why identity and asset management around technology in healthcare is so critical. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

A COVID-19 vaccine for children may not arrive before fall 2021 New York Times 9/21/20 A number of COVID-19 vaccines for adults are already in advanced clinical trials, but no trials have begun in the U.S. to determine whether these vaccines are safe and effective for children. Grace Lee, MD, a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), discusses the need to vaccinate children in order to reopen schools safely and effectively.

Also see: Wall Street Journal, NPR (2 articles), WebMD

Stanford Health Care earns perfect score from LGBTQ rights organization Stanford Medicine News Center 9/21/20 The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, an advocacy organization for gender and sexual minorities, gives high marks to Packard Children’s and Stanford Health Care for its equitable treatment of patients and employees. Leslee Subak, MD, is quoted.

‘We may be surprised again’: An unpredictable pandemic takes a terrible toll New York Times 9/20/20 Across the country, health experts are concerned there may be a resurgence of COVID-19 as universities and schools reopen and as colder weather pushes people indoors. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Additional coverage featuring Dr. Maldonado: Washington Post (2 articles), NBC News, ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV)

‘This does not look good for children’: Fires pose risk to young lungs New York Times 9/18/20 David Cornfield, MD, discusses the potential impact of wildfires on children’s developing lungs. He suggests ceasing outdoor activity if the air quality index reads above 100.

How to protect children from wildfire smoke New York Times 9/18/20 Mary Prunicki, MD, PhD, is quoted in this article, which references her research that found that among children already exposed to routine air pollution, wildfire smoke disrupted their immune systems more severely than smoke from planned burns.

Additional coverage featuring Dr. Prunicki: The Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, KQED, The Center Square

How to teach COVID-19 safety to your kids Everyday Health 9/18/20 Barbara Bentley, PsyD, shares tips for parents to help empower their children as they return to school in-person or remotely during a tumultuous time.

Coronavirus preventive measures expected to limit spread of flu contagion CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV) 9/18/20 Hayden Schwenk, MD, is quoted.

The potential long-term health effects from smoke and how to stay protected NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 9/18/20 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

COVID testing of teachers, staff hotly debated as California schools reopen CalMatters; 9/18/20 Stanford Medicine is supporting schools in the Bay Area and beyond with testing for COVID-19. Christina Kong, MD, is leading these efforts and discusses the approach in this article.

Air hugs and weekly testing: Inside one private school’s first day back at school Palo Alto Online 9/18/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, and Jason Wang, MD, are mentioned in this article about the reopening of one Menlo Park school. Both doctors have been consulting with the school on its reopening plans since June.

Stanford juniors launch free art therapy program for stroke survivors Patch 9/18/20 Healing Strokes, a free program in conjunction with Stanford Healthcare, aims to facilitate art therapy for stroke survivors. Christina Mijalski, MD, is mentioned.

Countdown to flu season is on; Health experts urge public to get vaccinated ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV) 9/17/20 Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

Dermatologists combine in-person visits, telemedicine to care for patients during pandemic Stanford Medicine News Center 9/17/20 Since elective procedures resumed in April, clinicians and administrators in dermatology are caring for patients in the safest way possible. Justin Ko, MD, is quoted.

Twin sisters who once famously shared a body are now thriving MSN Video; Little Things 9/16/20 An update on formerly conjoined twin sisters Erika and Eva Sandoval, who were separated at Packard Children’s in 2016. Gary Hartman, MD, is mentioned.

When will the air quality get better? New York Times 9/14/20 As wildfires continue to burn across California, Oregon and Washington, what does this mean for the air quality across the state? Mary Prunicki, MD, PhD, responds.

Also see: Wall Street Journal; CNN; CBS Bay Area ; ABC Bay Area ; SF Gate ; 9 and 10 News (Traverse City, MI)

Here's how unhealthy air is affecting children ABC Bay Area 9/14/20 David Cornfield, MD, is interviewed.

Halloween and COVID-19: What is different this year? 9/14/20 Although traditional trick-or-treating activities will be impacted by the pandemic this year, experts suggest that there are creative ways families can continue to participate in festivities as long as social distancing and masking hygiene is maintained. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment.

Cherry-picking data on kids, COVID-19 PolitiFact 9/14/20 North Carolina governor hopeful Dan Forest made a claim about the impact of seasonal flu compared to COVID-19 on children. In this article, Alan Schroeder, MD, provides comment about flu and COVID-19, and the factors that should be considered when drawing comparisons between them.

Smoky skies: Stanford doctor’s advice — keep your children indoors CBS Bay Area 9/13/20 Lisa Patel, MD, is featured.

Also see: ABC Bay Area

Kids and ‘long haul’ COVID-19: What every parent needs to know HuffPost 9/11/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted in this article that discusses a population of young patients who have been sick with COVID-19 for months, referred to as “long-haulers.”

How Bay Area schools plan to conduct coronavirus testing for students and staff San Francisco Chronicle 9/10/20 Stanford Medicine is supporting schools in the Bay Area and beyond with testing for COVID-19. Christina Kong, MD, is quoted.

With fall approaching, experts stress it's time to shrink your 'quarantine bubble' 9/9/20 Some experts worry that the fall might bring a surge of the coronavirus, especially when paired with the upcoming flu season. Article discusses how public health experts and epidemiologists are cautioning people to shrink their “social bubbles” again. Yvonne Maldonado, MD , is quoted.

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These summer camps stayed safe from COVID-19. What lessons can schools learn? 9/9/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is featured.

Despite Bay Area's orange glow, air quality levels haven't totally deteriorated, says Stanford pulmonologist ABC Bay Area 9/9/20 As wildfires burn across Northern California, a combination of smoke and haze made for an apocalyptic-like glow across the Bay Area sky last week. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD, was interviewed.

Also see: Bay Area wildfire smoke: Here's how to differentiate asthmatic reaction and COVID-19 symptoms ABC Bay Area

Smoke-darkened sky causes new anxieties, latest test of Bay Area resilience Fox Bay Area 9/9/20 Sumit Bhargava, MD, is interviewed about the impact of the smoke-darkened sky on sleep cycles.

Exercise, diet are more important than ever with virus at large Post Bulletin 9/9/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Stanford doctor explains what’s next after COVID-19 vaccine trial paused over volunteer’s illness ABC Bay Area 9/8/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Bay Area experts fear Trump prodding will yield subpar coronavirus vaccine San Francisco Chronicle 9/6/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Here’s how many coronavirus cases have been linked with Bay Area child care centers San Francisco Chronicle 9/5/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed about COVID-19 transmission among children.

Vaping links to COVID-19 risk are becoming clear New York Times 9/4/20 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, discusses her recent research, which found that teens and young adults who vape are at a much higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Stanford releases COVID-19 testing plan for fall quarter The Stanford Daily 9/3/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses Stanford’s plan for on-campus COVID-19 testing. The University’s strategy relies on periodically testing on-campus students and staff who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Also see: Stanford Medicine News Center

Inside the COVID-19 testing advancements that could be key to college sports Sports Illustrated 9/2/20 A wave of new-generation rapid tests coming down the pike could be a game-changer for college football and other NCAA sports, medical experts say, but ethical and resource concerns persist. Ben Pinsky, MD, is quoted.

Rare COVID-19 complication MIS-C rising among Florida kids — as racial disparities emerge Orlando Sentinel 9/2/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses possible long term affects, including cardiac problems.

How has COVID-19 affected therapy adherence in cystic fibrosis patients? RT Magazine 9/1/20 Recent data suggests that patients with cystic fibrosis may have a lower incidence of COVID-19 than the general public, likely due to this population’s strict adherence to infection control practices. Elizabeth Burgener, MD, is quoted.

Why the coronavirus more often strikes children of color New York Times 9/1/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses why some children in minority communities are much more likely to become infected with COVID-19, especially if a family member is a frontline worker.

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August 2020

Scientists look to convalescent plasma, antibody cloning as possible COVID cures KQED 8/31/20 James Zehnder, MD, discusses how researchers have seen the most robust antibody response from those who have severe, potentially life-threatening inflammation. In contrast, those who have milder illness tend to have a weaker antibody response.

Vaping ad tactics 'exploited' the pandemic, study says CNN 8/28/20 The e-cigarette industry has been using COVID-19 pandemic-themed advertisements to encourage sales of vaping products, according to a new study from Stanford Medicine researchers. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Stanford experts advises Bay Area school districts on testing teachers, staff for COVID-19 Bay Area ABC (KGO 7) 8/28/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the collaborative work between Stanford and the Burlingame School District to help teachers and staff with COVID-19 testing resources and how this could become a model for other Bay Area school districts to follow in the coming months.

Also see: Bay Area KRON, Texas Tribune, Stanford Medicine News Center

Flu season faces never-before-seen challenge: COVID-19 Palo Alto Weekly 8/28/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses this year’s flu vaccination and how clinics will change how vaccines are given during the epidemic.

Tech's on-going obsession with virtual reality 8/28/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

E-cigarette users face ‘big’ risk for COVID-19 Healio 8/28/20 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, discusses how teens and young adults who vape are at a much higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Impact of COVID-19 on children Right Here Right Now 8/27/20 Pediatrician Ambreen Syed, MD, comments on recent research about the impact of COVID-19 on children, and offers tips to help parents manage both in-person and virtual learning this school year.

Sounding the mental health alarm Stanford Medicine Magazine 8/27/20 Victor Carrion, MD, discusses the psychological distress of living through a pandemic, and how to build resilience.

Yes, you can get COVID-19 again: What to know Healthline 8/27/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Who gets a vaccine? Deseret News 8/27/20 While the federal administration has promised 300 million doses by January 2021, experts are anticipating a much smaller initial supply and have been discussing for months how to distribute the first vaccines in a way that’s both protective and fair. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

When is it ok to go outside if it’s smoky in the Bay Area? How to assess your air quality risk San Francisco Chronicle 8/26/20 Mary Prunicki, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News, Bay Area Baby,

5 Questions: Researchers discuss wildfires’ health impacts Stanford Medicine News Center 8/26/20 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, and Mary Prunicki, MD, PhD, are quoted.

Stanford psychologist: COVID-19, wildfires taking toll on kids’ mental health Bay Area CBS (KPIX), MSN Lifestyle, 8/25/20 Barbara Bentley, PsyD, MS Ed, discusses ways to talk to kids at different developmental levels about the stresses they are facing this year and the importance of mitigating acute stress so that it doesn’t go on to be a clinical symptom.

The new physician training environment: How medical schools are navigating students' return Becker’s Hospital Review 8/25/20 Daniel Bernstein, MD, is mentioned.

Survey finds parents more anxious about this school year 8/25/20 Along with concerns associated with children returning to school, the lack of childcare options and the additional costs associated with virtual learning, parents are also worried about safety protocols and testing resources before sending their kids back to school. Roshni Mathew, MD, is quoted.

New treatments aim to treat COVID-19 early, before it gets serious Science News 8/24/20 Some promising treatments may block the coronavirus from entering cells or from multiplying. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Cartilage is grown in the arthritic joints of mice New York Times 8/22/20 In laboratory studies, Stanford Medicine researchers have found a way to regenerate the cartilage that eases movement between bones. Charles Chan, MD, is quoted.

Dr. Tanja Gruber named director of Stanford Children's center for childhood cancer, blood diseases Becker’s Hospital Review 8/20/20 Tanja Gruber, MD, PhD, is mentioned.

Stanford Children’s Health appoints new Chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine Stanford Children’s Health News Center 8/20/20 Tanja Gruber, MD, PhD, will serve as associate director for Childhood Cancer in the Stanford Cancer Institute and director of the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases.

COVID-19 vaccines could become mandatory. Here’s how it might work National Geographic 8/19/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Wildfires: Bay Area spare the air alert extended through Sunday due to smoke Bay Area CBS (KPIX) 8/19/20 David Cornfield, MD, discusses ways to minimize health risk.

Also see: Bay Area FOX (KTVU)

Green space: The many benefits of free, tasty tap water Examiner 8/18/20 Anisha Patel, MD, is quoted.

Signs it’s time to find a new pediatrician 8/18/20 David Wanderman, MD, discusses the relationship between parent and pediatrician and the importance of being open and honest with one another, and knowing when it isn't working out.

Santa Clara Co. launches new high-capacity COVID-19 testing site Bay Area ABC (KGO) 8/17/20 The location will also be a place for flu vaccine. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, talks about the importance of children staying up to date on their wellness checks and vaccinations.

What is COVID-19 human challenge testing? Doctors explain how it works Bay Area ABC (KGO) 8/17/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

What to do if your child may have been exposed to Covid-19 The Wall Street Journal 8/17/20 Jason Wang, MD, is quoted.

Will supply chain establish a new normal? Healthcare Business News 8/17/20 Amanda Chawla, vice president of supply chain at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, discusses how the pandemic has changed health care supply chains, causing them to reassess their strategies that will carry into the future.

School’s in: COVID-19 and children Stanford Graduate School of Education 8/17/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, talks about what the science suggests about the risks of sending kids back to school during the pandemic.

Is it safe to go to a salon or spa? Today 8/13/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Doctors work to unravel COVID-19 impacts on youth The Independent 8/13/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the importance of vaccinations and continued well-check visits for children during the pandemic.

Difference Makers: Millbrae Teen Knits Challenge To Help Others KCBS Radio 8/13/20 A Stanford Children’s Health patient creates a knitting challenge to raise funds for teenagers who receive care from the hospital’s Teen Van. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

Ask the experts: Back to school & COVID-19 | Frank Buckley interviews KTLA 8/12/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, answers questions about distance learning and reopening schools, vaccinations and the steps it will take to flatten the curve once again.

Association between youth smoking, electronic cigarette use, and coronavirus disease 2019 Journal of Adolescent Health 8/11/20 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, co-authored a study that shows teens and young adults who vape are at a much higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Also see: Bloomberg, CNN, NBC News, Forbes, Newsweek,,, USA Today, Wired,, Stanford Daily, The Verge, Greater Sacramento Area ABC (KXTV), KCBS Radio, MSN News, Stanford Medicine News Center

Is it safe to play team sports? Experts weigh in Today, USA Today 8/11/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses how sports teams are going to have to adapt to safety protocols, early testing, and when to clear players to participate in the game.

Strict, costly measures needed to reopen schools: Study U.S. News and World Report 8/11/20 Jason Wang, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: EurekAlert!, Stanford Medicine News Center

Here’s how coronavirus vaccine skepticism could impact herd immunity Bay Area ABC (KGO), 8/11/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Want to be a doctor? Take your chances in a closed room with strangers The New York Times 8/7/20 Iris Gibbs, MD, discusses Stanford’s measures to evaluate the academic readiness of medical student applicants this coming year.

Smartwatch tracks medication levels to personalize treatments ScienMag 8/7/20 An app allows drug levels inside the body to be tracked in real time using a custom smartwatch that analyzes the chemicals found in sweat. Carlos Milla, MD, is quoted.

Also see:, UCLA Samueli Newsroom

Stanford Health Care introduces new, less invasive treatment for benign thyroid nodules Stanford Medicine News 8/5/20 A recently approved technique for radio-frequency ablation treats or prevents problems caused by thyroid nodules, providing an alternative to surgical removal of the gland. Julia Noel, MD, is quoted.

Ask an expert: How COVID-19 impacts children KCBS Radio 8/4/20 Hayden Schwenk, MD, shares tips on the risks and benefits of kids going back to school, questions to ask the teachers, and the importance of routine vaccinations and wellness visits for your child during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s how long most Bay Area counties are recommending COVID-19 patients isolate before returning to work Bay Area ABC (KGO 7), KCBS Radio,, SFIST, 8/4/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses what is safe behavior when it comes to Covid-19.

Santa Clara County: COVID-19 test supplies stretched thin KCBS Radio 8/3/20 Christina Kong, MD, is quoted.

PANS may be more prevalent than thought MDEdge 8/3/20 Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) might be more common than initially thought and treatment guidelines for youth with PANS is in high demand. Jennifer Frankovich, MD, is mentioned.

Digital health leaders: Conversation with Ed Kopetsky, former CIO of the year, CIO at Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford CHiME 8/3/20 Ed Kopetsky, chief information officer, discusses the current healthcare environment; challenges he finds unique to a children’s healthcare system, and how more personalized care, telehealth and remote work will be part of the new COVID era.

From the “brain poke” to the mouth swab: Which test for COVID-19 is the most accurate? WBEZ 91.5Chicago, 8/2/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Emerging Apps Lab develops new electronic health record app to help Stanford doctors diagnose life threatening drug reactions Stanford Medicine News 8/2/20 Bernice Kwong, MD, is quoted.

Nonprofit helps students balance illness with schoolwork San Jose Inside 8/2/20 A nonprofit organization is focused on students who are in hospitals, and helps them access education. Lucile Packard Children’s Health is mentioned.

How California lost control over COVID-19 despite early successes. ABC News 8/1/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses how California recently surpassed New York with the most confirmed U.S. cases, and the necessary steps it will take to flatten the curve once again.

Girl turns to art to uplift strangers amid lockdown The Intelligencer 8/1/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Health is mentioned.

July 2020

Stanford’s chief of infectious diseases on the first COVID-19 death of a child KCBS Radio, SF Chronicle 7/31/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses COVID-19 presented in children, vaccines, and tips on how to keep kids safe.

Medical school affiliates on lack of diversity, burden of the ‘minority tax’ The Stanford Daily 7/31/20 Lahia Yemane, MD, discusses how bias and racism in college advising contribute to racial disparities in medicine.

U.S. News & World Report: Stanford Hospital ranks 13th in nation Climate Online Redwood City 7/31/20 Stanford Hospital is ranked as one of the top 20 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. Ranked 13th nationally, this is Stanford Health Care’s sixth year on the honor roll. Joseph Woo, MD, is quoted.

Coronavirus & high school football: From salmon fishing in Alaska to working on an assembly line, Bay Area coaches keep busy San Jose Mercury 7/31/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Health is mentioned.

Parental refusal of neonatal therapy a growing problem Medscape 7/31/20 Ha N. Nguyen, MD, discusses the importance of protocols and strategies to reduce risk of parental refusal of neonatal therapies, and how they should be informed by, and consistent with, state laws.

San Francisco’s lonely war against COVID-19. Vox 7/30/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, touches on racial and economic disparities among groups during the pandemic.

Bacteria-eating viruses could provide a route to stability in cystic fibrosis Nature 7/29/20 Elizabeth Burgener, MD, is mentioned.

MVHS club raises money for pandemic relief 7/29/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

Here’s what the science actually says about kids and COVID-19 TIME 7/29/20 As school districts across the U.S. decide whether to welcome kids back into the classroom for in-person education this fall, administrators find themselves weighing a complex set of variables. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

After early hype, Japan’s homegrown COVID-19 drug hope Avigan faces rocky future. Reuters 7/28/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Recent headlines suggest coronavirus immunity doesn’t last. The science is more reassuring NPR 7/28/20 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, discusses the study and how T cell is another line of defense.

Coronavirus cases across the Bay Area top 50,000 San Francisco Chronicle, CBS Bay Area (KPIX) 7/28/20 The Bay Area topped 50,000 coronavirus cases and many counties are seeing increasing restrictions and closings. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

World’s largest nursing organization to open Stanford chapter Stanford Children’s Health press release 7/28/20 Sigma, an international nursing honor society, will establish a chapter at Stanford, the first one that is not connected to a nursing school.

COVID-19 testing capacity and supplies are strained, so some labs turn to sample pooling to meet demand USA Today 7/25/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses how pool testing can save time and hard-to-get supplies.

Also see: NBC Bay Area (KTVU); The Daily News

‘A history of racist policies and practices’: Coronavirus reveals racial disparities in healthcare. Stanford Daily 7/25/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Stanford’s new coronavirus testing method could significantly speed up efforts to identify cases San Francisco Chronicle 7/23/20 Stanford Medicine has received FDA approval to start “pooled testing” — in which a lab processes specimens from multiple people at one time, rather than just one specimen at a time — which could enable faster, large-scale COVID-19 testing in the Bay Area. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is quoted.

As schools weigh reopening, dearth of data on COVID in kids. MedPage Today 7/23/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

The telehealth tidal wave has arrived; will it come crashing down? Healthcare Innovation 7/22/20 Natalie Pageler, MD, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic put the spotlight on telehealth in unprecedented ways to fill a gap in health care delivery.

Summer travel during COVID-19 in California: Can I do it safely? KQED 7/22/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the latest guidelines.

How systemic racism is causing a COVID-19 crisis in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities Popsugar 7/22/20 Anne Liu, MD, discusses how systemic racism has likely contributed to differences in food resource availability, unequal housing opportunities, and essentials jobs that may not offer the option of working from home, or in jobs where personal protective equipment is not as widely-provided, and making it difficult for people to practice physical distancing.

‘Midnight stomp series’ features whimsical birds 7/22/20 Pokey Park, an artist responsible for 43 animal sculptures found inside Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, is highlighted.

Could taking a pill help reduce mild COVID-19 symptoms? Stanford launches trial to find out ABC Bay Area (KGO) 7/21/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the new drug trial that is underway at Stanford University to determine if an oral medication can treat the four in five coronavirus cases with mild or moderate symptoms.

Cal’s COVID-19 outbreak grows as school announces virtual start to fall semester KCBS Radio 7/21/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Experts say we’re still in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic – Here’s why Popsugar 7/21/20 Anne Liu, MD, discusses how strict measures and adhering to safety protocols such as physical distancing and wearing masks can help slow the curve.

Is it safe to donate blood during the pandemic? What a doctor says Yahoo! 7/21/20 Anne Liu, MD, explains that donating blood during the pandemic is quite safe in a healthcare setting because experts are using sterile techniques.

Stanford researchers develop a portable blood ammonia detector Stanford Medicine News 7/21/20 Natalia Gomez-Ospina, MD, PhD, discusses the handheld, portable ammonia detector that – like glucometers used to measure blood sugar – assesses ammonia levels from a finger or earlobe prick.

‘Is It Dangerous?’: Considerations on COVID-19 Reopening Precautions Stanford Daily 7/19/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

California hospital welcomes 4 sets of ‘miracle’ twins in 32 hours, beating 1 in 1 million odds 7/16/20 The hospital is mentioned and patient care manager Mary Jane Brinkerhoff, is quoted.

Also see: NBC Los Angeles (KNBC-TV), NBC Bay Area (KNTV), ABC Bay Area (KGO), Yahoo! News, Global News Radio, Palo Alto Weekly

White House strips CDC of data collection role for COVID-19 hospitalizations, Modern Healthcare 7/15/20 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the importance of transparency for COVID-19 patient data.

Also see: Mercury News

Stanford Health Care, Packard Children’s receive environmental awards Stanford Medicine News Center 7/15/20 Packard Children’s is mentioned as an Environmental Excellence Award recipient.

Nurses seeing double at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV) 7/14/20 The story of four sets of twins delivered at Packard Children’s all within a 32 hour span.

Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses resurgence in COVID-19 cases at Stanford event ABC7 Bay Area (KGO-TV) 7/13/20 During a conversation on StanfordMed LIVE, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, spoke with Dean Lloyd Minor about the challenges posed by COVID-19, the hope for emerging vaccines and treatments, and what’s still unknown about the virus. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Also see: CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV)

Bay Area hospitals see decline in ER visits for head injuries among young football players KCBS Radio 7/13/20 As fewer kids play football due to COVID-19 restrictions, hospitals across the country are seeing a dramatic decrease in emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries. Angela Lumba-Brown, MD, is quoted.

You can see friends and relatives during the pandemic surge — but do it carefully California Healthline 7/13/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Two-year-old with rare disease gets “new life” from complete stranger Inspire More 7/12/20 The story of a stranger who gave the ultimate gift of life to a Packard Children’s patient after following his story on Facebook and learning he would need a kidney transplant to survive.

5 pediatricians on the safety of schools amid pandemic NBC Nightly News 7/11/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is among five pediatricians interviewed in this segment about safety considerations for reopening schools in the fall. All pediatricians interviewed agree that the benefits of in-person schooling outweigh the risks, but the key is to reopen safely.

Also see: San Francisco Chronicle (two articles)

The leadership group announces new board members from energy, technology and healthcare Silicon Valley Leadership Group press release 7/11/20 Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, has been named to Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Executive Board of Directors.

Bay Area at the forefront of COVID-19 treatment and vaccine search MSN 7/10/20 The Bay Area is helping lead the way when it comes to treatment and a vaccine. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment.

4 ways the coronavirus pandemic will change hospitals Fortune 7/9/20 Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, spoke at Fortune’s virtual Brainstorm Health conference last week and discussed ways the pandemic will help speed the transition to more managed care, collaboration among competitors, and suggested consumers will consequently think about health care choice more expansively.

Also see: Fierce Healthcare

Fact check: No, the COVID-19 nasal test doesn’t swab the blood-brain barrier USA Today 7/8/20 This piece debunks a claim about the COVID-19 nasal swab test. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

A faster way to get transplants to kids ABC Moline, IL (WQAD-TV) 7/8/20 To cut down the wait time on pediatric heart transplants, the pediatric cardiology team at Packard Children’s created a new way to better match donor hearts to heart transplant recipients based on total cardiac volume. John Dykes, MD, is featured.

California braces for a spike in coronavirus deaths as infections soar. But how bad will it be? Los Angeles Times 7/7/20 New coronavirus cases roughly doubled in California over the last month. This piece discusses how public health officials are bracing for a spike in COVID-19 fatalities. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Facing the facts: Covering mouth, nose best shield against virus, experts say San Francisco Chronicle 7/6/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Stanford clinical trial for COVID-19 drug ABC7 Bay Area (KGO-TV) 7/2/20 Stanford Medicine researchers are launching a clinical trial to test whether the oral drug favipiravir can reduce symptoms and viral shedding in people with COVID-19. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted. Original press release: Stanford Medicine trial to test favipiravir for treating COVID-19 outpatients

Does asthma increase COVID-19 risk? Emerging research suggests a complicated connection STAT News 7/2/20 A growing body of research on COVID-19 suggests that the virus’ link to asthma is far more complex than experts might have anticipated. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD, is quoted.

Thomas Krummel receives top national honor in pediatric surgery Stanford Medicine News Center 7/1/20 Thomas Krummel, MD, is the recipient of the William E. Ladd Medal, the highest honor nationwide in pediatric surgery. Dennis Lund, MD, is quoted.

Healthcare reimagined: Future-forward hospitals for pandemic times Chronogram 7/1/20 The hospital is mentioned in this article about architecture of healthcare facilities.

June 2020

340 healthcare organizations urge congress to make telehealth flexibilities permanent Healthcare Innovation 6/30/20 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Can’t sleep? Behavioral therapy may ease insomnia WebMD 6/29/20 Rachel Manber, PhD, is quoted.

More COVID-19 test sites, more tests, but still a long way to go San Jose Inside 6/29/20 Christina Kong, MD, discusses Stanford Medicine’s involvement in COVID-19 testing across the Bay Area.

What is pool testing and how does it work? Washington Post 6/26/20 If the country wants to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity into the millions – the range that could be required for safer reopenings of businesses and universities – experts say it’s time to ramp up a technique known as “pool testing.” Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is quoted.

Also see: STAT News

Open for business: Rebuilding patient trust to reopen healthcare Patient Engagement HIT 6/26/20 Luanne Smedley, associate chief nursing officer, discusses the steps that Stanford Children’s Health is taking to maintain safety for patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social distancing isn’t a nuisance – it’s a privilege ABC News 6/25/20 A new study suggests that the most socially disadvantaged and poorest communities are not only at an increased risk for COVID-19 infection, but lack the privilege to fully engage in social distancing interventions, potentially compounding already existing health inequalities. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted. She was not involved in the research.

If done right, AI could make policing fairer WIRED 6/25/20 Article mentions Stanford Children’s Health’s use of artificial intelligence (AI) to map clinicians’ hand hygiene behavior.

#ATA2020: Preparing clinical staff for virtual care delivery HealthTech Magazine 6/25/20 The hospital is mentioned.

Robotic ROSA enables doctors to stop seizures ABC Fresno, CA (KFSN-TV) 6/25/20 Gerald Grant, MD, discusses how a robotic tool aids doctors in pinpointing and removing the source of epileptic seizures in a child’s brain.

Black medical workers reflect on the front lines of COVID-19 and racism KQED 6/24/20 This segment looks at how many Black medical workers are now finding themselves on the front lines of two epidemics – COVID-19 and systemic racism. Iris Gibbs, MD, is interviewed.

A quarter century of cuddles from one Palo Alto senior 6/24/20 Article highlights a Packard Children’s volunteer who has spent 25 years as a volunteer “Cuddler.”

New long-term data for antipsychotic in pediatric bipolar depression Medscape 6/10/20 The antipsychotic lurasidone has long-term efficacy in the treatment of bipolar depression in children and adolescents. Manpreet Singh, MD, contributed to the study.

How parents can moderate news consumption during the pandemic U.S. News & World Report 6/8/20 Article authored by Victor Carrion, MD, offers perspective on the amount and type of COVID-19-related news consumption that is appropriate for children and teens.

Do air purifiers really work? We asked doctors 6/5/20 Meng Chen, MD, is quoted.

Stanford doctor warns of ‘false sense of security’ as new COVID-19 infections reported amid reopening ABC 7 News 6/5/20 As more counties across the Bay Area lift shelter-in-place restrictions and begin reopening, doctors warn that COVID-19 still remains a threat. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed.

Also see: San Francisco Chronicle; NBC Bay Area; KQED

Coronavirus: Are kids as safe as we thought? Mercury News; East Bay Times; Marin Independent Journal 6/5/20 As schools prepare to reopen their doors, researchers are racing to understand the mysterious ways COVID-19 affects children. Alan Schroeder, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Medicine community calls for action against racial injustice, inequities Stanford Medicine News 6/5/20 More than 800 members of the Stanford Medicine community gathered on campus last Thursday to add their voices to a nationwide outcry against racism and violence against Black Americans. Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, alongside Dean Lloyd Minor and David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, stood behind pediatrics residents Kamaal Jones and Salma Dali, as they spoke at the Rally for Racial Justice, which was organized by Stanford Medicine’s Pediatrics Advocacy Council.

Also see: The Stanford Daily

‘We’re all holding our breath’: Public health experts brace for coronavirus resurgence from George Floyd protests New York Daily News 6/4/20 In this article, public health experts comment on the potential impact of ongoing protests on the spread of COVID-19. Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

COVID and kids: A new inflammatory syndrome poses safety challenge for schools, day care CalMatters; East Bay Times; Santa Cruz Sentinel; Times of San Diego 6/3/20 Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a rare but serious syndrome linked to COVID-19, is affecting children across the country, including here in California. The discovery comes as the state grapples with how kids can safely return to group settings. Hayden Schwenk, MD, is quoted.

May 2020

Coronavirus outbreak could speed cashless gaming to Nevada casinos Las Vegas Review Journal 5/30/20 Robert Jackler, MD, is mentioned.

As sports return, at-risk athletes may face ‘heavy decision’ on whether to play Washington Post 5/29/20 Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

COVID-19 pushes telehealth forward in Silicon Valley as virus holds patients back San José Spotlight 5/27/20 Natalie Pageler, MD, discusses the safety measures in place at Stanford Children’s Health and why it is important for families to continue their child’s doctor visits.

Tracing ‘patient zero’: why America’s first coronavirus death may for ever go unmarked The Guardian 5/26/20 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is among a group of health experts investigating how the coronavirus spread through the U.S. and its timeline.

Faster donor matching saves girl Ivanhoe Broadcast News; WFMZ 69 News 5/25/20 To cut down the wait time on pediatric heart transplants, the pediatric cardiology team at Packard Children’s created a new way to better match donor hearts to heart transplant recipients based on total cardiac volume. John Dykes, MD, is featured.

Kids and coronavirus: What you need to know about worrisome inflammatory syndrome San Francisco Chronicle 5/24/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

Also see: Newburgh Gazette

Walking correctly takes work—here’s how to improve every step Popular Science 5/22/20 Jessica Rose, PhD, provides tips on how to make the most of your daily strolls.

Doctors race to understand rare inflammatory condition associated with coronavirus in young people Science Magazine 5/21/20 Alan Schroeder, MD, shares a theory about the virus’ own genetics and why it shows up in populated COVID-19 areas.

Also see: WebMD Health News

Will antibody tests be our passport to normality? Financial Times 5/21/20 (subscription may be required; for a copy of the article, please email Scott Boyd, MD, discusses antibody tests and the immune system in this article.

Child vaccinations drop more than 40% in California, thanks to coronavirus fears San Francisco Chronicle 5/20/20 Anita Juvvadi, MD, advises parents on the importance of bringing in their children for well-exam visits and time-sensitive vaccines to prevent additional disease outbreaks over the summer.

Robotic ROSA enables doctors to stop seizures ABC Flint, MI (WJRT-TV Online) 5/20/20 Gerald Grant, MD, discusses how a robotic tool aids doctors in pinpointing and removing the source of epileptic seizures in a child’s brain.

How to handle doctor’s visits during the pandemic Bay Area Parent 5/19/20 Katya Gerwein, MD, provides advice for parents on the importance of keeping up with wellness visits and what to expect when going to the doctor’s visit, in person or via telemedicine.

The Dundalk man who ran eight marathons in eight days on seven continents Dundalk Democrat 5/19/20 Article highlights Brendan Watkins, administrative director, enterprise analytics at Stanford Children’s Health, regarding his completion of 8 marathons in 8 days on 7 continents and his fundraising efforts for Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

When a coronavirus vaccine is developed, who will be first in line to get it? A CDC panel usually decides USA Today 5/18/20 Scientists and health care experts are working on a vaccination plan for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Promising news on an experimental new vaccine to fight the coronavirus KCBS Radio 5/18/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the experimental vaccine Moderna and its strong immune response.

From headaches to ‘COVID Toes,’ coronavirus symptoms are a bizarre mix Scientific American 5/18/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses clotting-related issues that are not specific to COVID-19, but are showing up in some patients with coronavirus symptoms.

State reports first case of child illness linked to COVID-19 RTV6 Indianapolis 5/18/20 Indiana has reported its first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) in a child. Roshni Mathew, MD, is quoted.

Coronavirus pandemic hurting pediatric hospitals, too San Francisco Chronicle, Kaiser Health News, California Healthline, Modern Healthcare, Health Leaders 5/16/20 Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, discusses the economic impact that COVID-19 has placed upon pediatric hospitals and health care systems across the country.

Does hand sanitizer weaken your immune system? A doctor weighs in Women’s Health 5/16/20 Anne Liu, MD, provides advice on hand sanitizer usage and the effects it could have on your health and immunity if you use it too often.

How hospitals are dealing with the cybersecurity challenge of COVID-19 Security Boulevard 5/15/20 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Resilience is the most powerful skill kids can develop right now Huffington Post 5/13/20 Victor Carrion, MD, shares advice on how parents can help their kids learn how to bounce back during the coronavirus pandemic.

Valedictorian Isabella Hauptman focuses on health in ways big and small USC News 5/13/20 A former patient discusses her passion to pursue a career in epidemiology. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Virtual reality used to practice children’s brain surgeries Voice of America 5/12/20 Gerald Grant, MD, discusses the ways his team uses virtual reality programs and 3-D tools to locate tumors and remove the source of epileptic seizures in children’s brains.

New cases of mystery children’s illness tied to coronavirus raise alarms Today Show 5/12/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the new cases of pediatric multi-symptom inflammatory syndrome, a mysterious and rare illness with likely ties to COVID-19.

Cultivating hope JAMA Network 5/12/20 Inspired by her sister’s resilience, who was born prematurely with congenital heart disease and Down syndrome, Manpreet Singh, MD, aspires to instill confidence in others who feel hopeless.

Also see: Scope

Period blood may be as effective as systemic blood for diagnosis of disease, Stanford researchers say Stanford Daily 5/12/20 Menstrual blood is potentially just as effective as systemic blood for the diagnosis of several key diseases. Paul Blumenthal, MD, is quoted.

Sudden obsessions, tantrums: What is PANS in kids?U.S. News & World Report 5/12/20 Researchers may have gained new insights into a mystifying condition that causes children’s behavior to change severely and abruptly. Jennifer Frankovich, MD, is quoted. Original Stanford Medicine press release: Brain-scan abnormalities found in children with PANS

Robotic ROSA enables doctors to stop seizures NBC Memphis (WMC-TV)/Ivanhoe Broadcast News 5/11/20 Gerald Grant, MD, discusses how a robotic tool aids doctors in pinpointing and removing the source of epileptic seizures in a child’s brain.

New coronavirus findings CBS Bay Area 5/11/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses Stanford Children’s Health’s resume of deferred and delayed clinical services, the potential connection between COVID-19 and Kawasaki disease and the peds multi-system inflammatory syndrome (PIMS), tracking the COVID-19 spread, and how to support the mental health of frontline health care workers combating the pandemic.

Also see: USA Today, Miami Herald, KCBS Radio, (addt’l., KCBS Radio,Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, (addt’l., San Francisco Chronicle), Business Insider

Post-abortion and postpartum IUDs can help prevent rapid repeat pregnancy, Stanford researchers say Stanford Daily 5/11/20 Stanford doctors are advocating for the insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD) immediately following birth or abortion for young people, who are at high risk for unintended pregnancy and rapid repeat pregnancy. Sarah Peterson, MD, and Lisa Goldthwaite, MD, are quoted.

Sequoia Hospital resumes non-conoravirus medical procedures Palo Alto Daily Post 5/11/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Stanford Children’s Health to resume non-emergency procedures NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 5/9/20 Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, is quoted.

Also see: Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV), SFGate, KQED, Patch, and HIT Consultant

Around town: Mystery donors give $10K for Buena Vista residents, a million masks Palo Alto Online 5/9/20 Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, is quoted.

Also see: Bay Area KRON 4

Stanford Children’s Health resumes care delayed by COVID-19 Stanford Children’s Health press release 5/8/20 After weeks of reduced medical capacity in compliance with state and local mandates, the children’s hospital and Stanford Children’s Health’s clinics have resumed clinical services and are anticipating an increase in patient volumes. Paul King; Dennis Lund, MD; Yvonne Maldonado, MD; Natalie Pageler, MD; and Pamela Kum, MD, are quoted.

61 hospital and health system CISOs to know | 2020 Becker’s Hospital Review 5/7/20 Chad Wilson, chief information security officer, is mentioned in the article.

Elective surgeries ramp up at Stanford Health Care after few workers found with COVID-19 Palo Alto Online; The Almanac 5/7/20 Stanford Health Care is resuming elective surgeries, diagnostic tests and other procedures at the main Stanford Hospital and outpatient clinics. Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Also see: Mercury News, East Bay Times, Mountain View Voice

Grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, therapy dogs provide comfort online Scope 5/7/20 Even from a distance, dogs have the power to make people feel better. Pet therapy coordinators at Stanford are trying to make that happen. Molly Pearson, child-life specialist, is quoted.

What to know about Kawasaki disease, the pediatric inflammatory condition possibly linked to COVID-19 Time 5/6/20 Roshni Mathew, MD, and Veena Goel Jones, MD, discuss the reported connection between Kawasaki disease and COVID-19.

Also see: CNN, Good Morning America, NBC News, San Francisco Chronicle, (addt’l., San Francisco Chronicle), Financial Times, CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV), ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV), NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV), NBC Sacramento (KCRA-TV) and Palo Alto Online

How to safely take a mask off in public if you’re anxious or having trouble breathing Allure 5/6/20 Anne Liu, MD, emphasizes the importance of practicing hand hygiene before you touch your mask.

Leadership tip: Leverage your network to address the pandemic Children’s Hospitals Today 5/4/20 Natalie Pageler, MD, encourages leadership teams to collaborate across disciplines to build stronger networks and share resources, especially during times of crisis.

The complete guide to cleaning your headphones during a pandemic Mashable 5/2/20 Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

Bay Area pediatricians seeing steep drop in patient visits during coronavirus outbreak CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5) 5/1/20 Anita Juvvadi, MD, discusses the importance of maintaining well-visits and vaccines to prevent an outbreak of a disease that can be controlled.

Midnight Rounds Punch May 2020 Midnight Rounds, the unofficial cover band of Stanford Children’s Health, is a team of physicians, a nurse practitioner, and a professional musician that come together to perform acoustic versions of popular songs. Featured in the May issue of Punch Magazine, they discuss how music helps them bond with their patients and feeds into how they work together at the hospital. Matias Bruzoni, MD; Yasser El-Sayed, MD; Raji Koppolu, NP; Jonathan Palma, MD; and James Wall, MD, are featured.

April 2020

Mind jumble: Understanding chemo brain Stanford Medicine Magazine Spring 2020 Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, discusses the need to continue regeneration and treatment for cancer survivors suffering from chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment.

Fledging — with cancer Stanford Medicine Magazine Spring 2020 Article features a Packard Children’s patient who underwent treatment for acute myeloid leukemia and addresses the distinct biological and psychosocial challenges teens and young adults with cancer face. Gary Dahl, MD; Norman Lacayo, MD; Emily Ach, PhD; and Pam Simon, NP, are quoted.

Also see: Scope

New advances toward safely targeting immune cells to pediatric brain tumors Scope 4/30/20 Crystal Mackall, MD, is one of the Stanford scientists and co-author of a new study relaying the latest steps on figuring out how to use immune therapy for a group of severe pediatric brain tumors

The best toy doctor kits for kids trying to make sense of a pandemic Fatherly 4/29/20 Tomomi Hayashi, MD, discusses how toy medical kits can help kids alleviate their fear of the medical tools when in a doctor’s office.

Brain’s ‘fear center’ skews emotion in anxious kids Futurity 4/27/20 Signals from the brain’s amygdalae make it more difficult for anxious and stressed children to regulate their emotions, a Stanford study shows. Victor Carrion, MD, is quoted.

Yvonne Maldonado, MD, was recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the leading Bay Area specialists on the front lines of the pandemic. She is quoted in dozens of media articles regarding the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Coverage includes: Associated Press, TIME, USA Today, (add'l. San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle), KCBS Radio, Radio Alice 97.3, Fox Bay Area (KTVU 2), NBC Bay Area (KNTV 11), (add'l. NBC Bay Area (KNTV 11), KRON, Palo Alto Online, (add'l. Palo Alto Online), Palo Alto Weekly, The Guardian, Mountain View Voice, CalMatters and LAIst.

Three U.S. children with COVID-19 have rare inflammatory syndrome Reuters Health 4/28/20 Article discusses recently reported links between Kawasaki disease and COVID-19 in children. Roshni Mathew, MD, is quoted.

Also see: CNN (quotes Brad Segal, MD); New York Post

Ben Thornton is headed to college, thriving with a second heart and a set of wheels The Press Democrat 4/26/20 Story features a patient who received a heart transplant at Packard Children’s.

Going to school on the coronavirus Wall Street Journal 4/26/20 Rishi Mediratta, MD, is featured.

Coronavirus: First responders honor Stanford health care workers ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV); Yahoo! News; 4/21/20 News segment highlights support from the Santa Clara County Sheriff department and first responders from various agencies who celebrated healthcare workers at Packard Children’s during an event on April 23.

Also see: CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV), KCBS Radio, Fox Bay Area and NBC Bay Area also aired stories on the topic (links unavailable)

NYC healthcare workers get coronavirus antibody tests MedPage Today 4/21/20 James Zehnder, MD, is quoted.

Pandemic creating a surge in demand for telehealth Children’s Hospitals Today 4/20/19 Chief medical information officer Natalie Pageler, MD, is featured in this Q&A about the significant increase in telehealth use at Stanford Children’s Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what this may mean for the future of the technology.

Also see: HIT Consultant

Quarantine isolation can be a mental health disaster for teens — Here’s what parents must know SheKnows 4/17/20 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Smartphone coronavirus test? Apps would listen to your cough Wall Street Journal 4/16/20 Alyssa Burgart, MD, is quoted.

73 hospital leaders in 10 states hit hardest by COVID-19 offer advice to colleagues: If you do nothing else, at least do this Becker’s Hospital Review 4/16/20 Rick Majzun, Vice President and COO of Stanford Children's Health is featured.

How to beat stress in a pandemic The Future of Everything 4/16/20 Victor Carrion, MD, is interviewed about stress brought on by COVID-19 and techniques to recognize and lessen its effects at every age.

Coronavirus kindness: South Bay nonprofit collecting baby formula for families in need ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV) 4/14/20 Segment discusses the impact that the shortage of food resources, including infant formula, is having on some Bay Area families. Baraka Floyd, MD, is featured.

The scary relationship between vaping and coronavirus Huffington Post 4/13/20 Article discusses potential complications of COVID-19 among people who vape. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Stanford scientists create COVID-19 antibody test which could help alleviate shelter-in-place orders Newsweek 4/11/20 Stanford Medicine scientists have developed a test to detect antibodies for the novel coronavirus. The new test screens for antibodies to the virus in plasma, the liquid in blood, to provide information about a person’s immune response to an infection. Thomas Montine, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Healthline; Mercury News; KRON, Stanford press release: Test for antibodies against novel coronavirus developed at Stanford Medicine

3 Telehealth lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic HIT Consultant 4/10/20

These are the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions in women 4/9/20 Leah Millheiser, MD, is quoted.

Coronavirus update: Stanford Blood Center seeks plasma from patients who recovered from COVID-19 CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5) 4/8/20 Suchitra Pandey, MD, is quoted.

The roadmap to improved care for children with medical complexity Children’s Hospitals Today 4/8/20 David Bergman, MD, discusses the Coordinating All Resources Effectively (CARE) Award, a national three-year project to transform care delivery and payment for children with medical complexity, and comments on the ways this work may help children’s hospitals prepare for the ACE Kids Act implementation.

Testing pooled samples for COVID-19 helps Stanford researchers track early viral spread in Bay Area Stanford Medicine News Center 4/7/20 Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine discuss their latest research based on pooled samples taken from people with upper respiratory symptoms and the occurrence of the virus that causes COVID-19. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is quoted.

Stanford doctor draws Steph Curry, Klay Thompson art on etch a sketch NBC Bay Area; 4/7/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

How Stanford Children's Health is helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 98.1TheBreeze 4/7/20 Stanford Children's Health providers are now performing up to 700 telehealth visits per day to support COVID-19 evaluations, as well as non-coronavirus-related healthcare. Natalie Pageler, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Becker’s Hospital Review

Coronavirus health: South Bay tech giant Cisco helps doctors move to video visits ABC Bay Area (KGO 7) 4/6/20 Vandna Mittal, director of digital health, discusses how telehealth and image sharing works, and how it helps physicians and patients communicate while practicing social distancing.

Who should take care of kids when parents are too sick with Coronavirus? Jezebel 4/6/20 Roshni Mathew, MD, discusses who might make the best caretaker when a parent(s) is sick, and offers tips on how to keep other family members safe while caring for someone who is sick.

In war against coronavirus, researchers fast-track tests of Ebola drug Palo Alto Online; Mountain View Voice4/6/20 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Helping children turn failures into success through growth mindset Scope 4/2/20 Irene Loe, MD, discusses her five-year passion project to help teach parents about the power of a growth mindset for children and how to cultivate it. Claudia Mueller, MD, PhD, is also mentioned in the article.

Meet Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first-ever surgeon general 4/2/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Scaling up telehealth: What providers need to know HealthTech Magazine 4/2/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Stanford Children's Health now completing 500 virtual visits daily Becker’s Hospital Review 4/1/20

How virtual reality improves the pediatric care experience HealthTech Magazine Online 4/1/20 Samuel Rodriguez, MD, discusses the CHARIOT program and how virtual reality helps patients manage the pain and anxiety that can accompany a medical procedure or hospital stay.

The lost month: How a failure to test blinded the U.S. to COVID-19 New York Times 4/1/20 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, discusses how Stanford Clinical Lab took quick action steps to prepare and support testing during the pandemic.

Social distancing is hard for teens and tweens, here's how to help them cope 4/1/20 Victor Carrion, MD, shares tips on staying connected to family and friends, and the importance of being active and creative to keep the body and mind stimulated.

Automation, artificial intelligence future of patient access authorizations Health Access Management (subscription required; to request a copy, please email April 2020 Shawn Tienken, director of revenue cycle operations at Stanford Children’s Health, is featured in this article about the organization’s progress toward automation of patient access authorizations.

Advocating for your child Bay Area Parent (pp. 14-16) April 2020 Raquel Nieves, MD, is featured in this story about the impact that having a child with Down syndrome has had on her practice.

Not the usual kid stuff Radiology Today (pp. 4) April 2020 Radiology technicians are studying ways to reduce ionizing radiation in children who undergo scans for oncology, neurology and other diseases. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

A constructive eye Punch (pp. 142-149) April 2020 Former neonatologist Barry Fleisher is featured in this story about his photography of the construction of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

March 2020

Stanford Children’s Health experts discuss COVID-19:
Yvonne Maldonado, MD, has been quoted in dozens of media articles regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Coverage includes: The New York Times, New York Times,, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Post, Washington Post, CNBC, Business Insider, Town and Country Magazine, Everyday Health, Los Angeles Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News, Mercury News, East Bay Times, KQED, KCBS Radio, KCBS Radio, CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5), CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5), NBC Bay Area (NBC 11), ABC Bay Area (KGO 7), KRON Bay Area (KRON 4), FOX Bay Area (KTVU 2)

Passion for technology, humanities drives Stanford med student Scope 3/3/1/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

‘It’s not the bubonic plague’: Stanford pediatrician at cutting edge of Covid-19 research, treatment The Jewish News Weekly 3/27/20 David Cornfield, MD, discusses some of the collaborative work he is doing with other Bay Area researchers, including working to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in children, and development of a remote-controlled ventilator.

Coronavirus: Bay Area sewers are making thousands of homemade masks. But will hospitals take them? Mercury News; East Bay Times 3/26/20 Amanda Chawla, vice president of supply chain at Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford Health Care, explains why homemade cloth masks do not meet the medical standards for personal protective equipment.

Wanted: A coronavirus test to identify people who were infected and then recovered Los Angeles Times 3/25/2020 Crystal Mackall, MD, is quoted

Bay Area hospitals: So far, coronavirus cases are manageable. But it's still early KQED 3/24/20 Stanford Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

How to care for kids if you're sick with Covid-19 WIRED 3/24/20 Roshni Mathew, MD, shares ways to protect your home during this outbreak and how social distancing can help protect your family.

How coronavirus is fast-tracking medical research Elemental 3/24/20 Stanford Health experts are developing and collaborating with national labs to fast-track clinical trials of drugs that may help treat the virus. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

The standard coronavirus test, if available, works well—but can new diagnostics help in this pandemic? Science 3/22/20 With the increased number of tests for COVID-19 taking place, labs are facing shortages of different supplies, most notably the kits used to extract RNA from viral samples. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is quoted.

Deep learning predicts stroke-lesion changes at 1 week Medscape 3/20/20 A deep learning algorithm is comparable to common clinical measures for predicting infarct size and location following acute ischemic stroke. Greg Zaharchuk, MD, is quoted.

Pregnancy and the coronavirus Bay Area Parent 3/18/20 Natali Aziz, MD, discusses the impact of the coronavirus on pregnancy, breastfeeding and conception.

Opinion: Staying connected is crucial for our mental health Mercury News 3/18/20 Victor Carrion, MD, discusses the psychological impact, as well as the mental health consequences of needed community actions to quell the coronavirus spread, such as quarantine and social distancing.

Project digs deeper into teenage smartphone use Wall Street Journal 3/17/20 Researchers examine smartphone use among adolescents. Thomas Robinson, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Children's CEO Paul King: The 'unrelenting pursuit of excellence' in pediatric and obstetric care Becker’s Hospital Review 3/16/20 Paul A. King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, discussed the Stanford ecosystem and the environment of inherent innovation in Silicon Valley, empowering the organization’s leaders of tomorrow, and what motivates him and the executive team every day.

Hospitals need to cancel elective procedures: This is a pandemic – no time for business as usual. Just Security 3/15/20 Alyssa Burgart, MD, is quoted.

How to take care of your hands when you’re washing them so much to prevent coronavirus 3/11/20 Justin Ko, MD, is quoted.

Crispr's origin story comes to life in a new documentary WIRED 3/11/20 A patient diagnosed with sickle cell is featured in a documentary about whether genetic conditions like this should be edited out of people's genomes before birth. The documentary stream on Netflix in the fall. Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Also see: Variety

'Should have been a sense of urgency': Former FDA chief warns of spike in US coronavirus cases USA Today 3/10/20 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, discusses the possibility of a spike in U.S. coronavirus cases as more testing detects new infections.

Also see: Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Palo Alto Online, MIT Technology Review

Why the Bay Area is issuing more severe coronavirus warnings than Southern California Los Angeles Times 3/10/20 Shanthi Kappagoda, MD, discusses the importance of social distancing and avoiding crowds to prevent many illnesses hitting the region all at once.

Is it safe to travel with kids during the coronavirus pandemic? Motherly 3/9/20 Anita Juvvadi, MD, is quoted.

How to stop touching your face New York Times, 03/05/20 Experts provide tips on limiting the number of times you touch your face to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Justin Ko, MD, is quoted.

What to know about coronavirus if you're pregnant or have a newborn HuffPost 3/5/20 Anita Juvvadi, MD, and Natali Aziz, MD, discuss tips on what to look for and how to stay symptom-free while pregnant and nursing.

Stanford Medicine COVID-19 test now in use Stanford Medicine News Center 3/5/20 The Stanford Clinical Virology Laboratory has deployed an in-house diagnostic test for the virus that causes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is being used for patients at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford suspected of being infected. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is mentioned in the article.

Also see: Stanford Daily

NAPNAP President tackles challenges facing pediatric nurse practitioners The Clinical Advisor 3/5/20 Rajashree (Raji) Koppolu, NP, discusses some of the challenges facing pediatric nurse practitioners.

Regenerative medicine in urology: Ask the experts 3/2/20 Bertha Chen, MD, shares her view on current obstacles and future developments facing regenerative medicine in urology.

My mommy is a doctor: A children’s book (and love story) Stanford News 3/1/20 A children’s book highlighting Flora Nunez Gallegos, a pediatric cardiology fellow at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

February 2020

How to tell the difference between allergy and cold symptoms 2/25/20 Allergies and colds have similar symptoms, but the difference lies in how they’re treated. Meng Chen, MD, explains how to tell the difference and what’s the most effective treatment.

Why we need to talk about period pain Shondaland 2/25/20 Leah Millheiser, MD, discusses the stigma of painful menstruation, possible causes and when to seek medical help.

Improving your baby’s bone health starts in the womb Popular Science 2/24/20 The steps you take to ensure your baby gets good nutrition from their time in utero up to their first birthday can have a lasting impact on how they grow. Monica Grover, MBBS, is quoted.

Storybook Ending: Aptos senior Brian Bowyer enjoying his final run with teammates after missing last season with back surgery | CCS Basketball Santa Cruz Sentinel, 2/24/20 Stanford Children’s Health patient Brian Bowyer, diagnosed with scoliosis, is featured.

Stanford Children’s Health makes weight-control program accessible to low-income families through online platform The Stanford Daily 2/21/20 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, discusses Stanford Children’s Health new virtual curriculum intended to make its weight-control program accessible to individuals and families outside of the Stanford community.

All your Coronavirus travel questions answered Wall Street Journal 2/20/20 Shanthi Kappagoda, MD, answers questions about travel during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, how to stay safe and what and where to avoid.

First defense against Coronavirus: 20 seconds of proper hand-washing USA Today 2/19/20 It’s estimated that 95 percent of people do not wash their hands correctly. Terry Platchek, MD, discusses the right way to wash your hands to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and other infectious diseases.

Bonnie Maldonado: The science is clear. Vaccinations save lives The Future of Everything 2/19/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses how vaccinations are more powerful than ever, but better communication by the medical community is needed to combat misinformation.

Also see: Stanford Engineering Medicine

Behind the scenes with a Stanford Pediatric surgeon Scope 2/18/20 Stephanie Chao, MD, is featured.

Stanford Children's COO: How leaders can drive negative emotions out of the workplace Becker’s Hospital Review 2/14/20 Rick Majzun, Vice President and COO of Stanford Children's Health is featured.

To prevent premature birth, computers ID drug that may help Scope 02/14/20 A widely used antacid may help prevent premature births, new Stanford-UCSF research that used computing to match existing drugs with diseases suggests. David Stevenson, MD, is mentioned in this post.

Little ‘Heart Warrior’ is breathing easier New Prague Times 2/13/20 A patient who underwent open-heart surgery to repair his heart and lungs is featured in the article. Frank Hanley, MD, is mentioned.

Juul bought ads appearing on Cartoon Network and other youth sites, suit claims New York Times 02/12/20 This article discusses a lawsuit against Juul Labs, accusing the vaping company of marketing to young, nonsmokers during its launch period. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Neurology care at Stanford inspired patient to return as a nurse Scope 02/11/20 As a child, Isabelle Yi received treatment at Stanford for a neurological disorder. She returned as a nurse to care for patients with similar conditions. Michael Marks, MD, is mentioned.

San Jose boy born with rare heart defect thriving as 3rd-degree taekwondo black belt FOX Bay Area (KTVU 2) 2/10/20 Shoham Das, diagnosed with a rare heart condition that left him with half a heart at birth, talks about what drives him to stay active — practicing martial arts — and why he wants to become a doctor.

Virtual reality brings new vision to health care WebMD 2/10/20 Gerald Grant, MD, discusses the ways neurosurgeons are using VR to help prepare for complex surgeries. The Stanford Virtual Heart and Chariot program are also mentioned.

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, CDC to send lab test kits to various agencies KCBS-AM 2/7/20 The CDC is sending out testing kits to public health labs across the country to help detect the novel coronavirus. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed about the latest move to stem the spread of the virus.

Also see:, CBS Bay Area (KPIX), Fox Bay Area (KTVU)

Bay Area man runs 8 marathons in 8 days for a great cause! The Breeze, 98.1 2/7/20 Podcast interview with Brendan Watkins, administrative director, enterprise analytics at Stanford Children’s Health, regarding his completion of 8 marathons in 8 days on 7 continents and his fundraising efforts for Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

Also see: NBC Bay Area (KNTV), San Mateo Daily Journal, Climate

Experts rethink need for x-ray shielding of patients Science News for Students 2/7/20 A number of radiology organizations are trying to end the decades-old practice of shielding patients from radiation with lead aprons. Donald Frush, MD, is quoted.

Partial e-cigarette 'flavor ban' goes into effect today. Here's what happens next 2/6/20 An e-cigarette policy that goes into effect will result in a number of flavored vaping products being taken off the U.S. market. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

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Clinicians' 'number-one wish' for artificial intelligence Medscape 2/6/20 Article mentions a program being piloted at Packard Children’s, which is using artificial intelligence (AI) to map clinicians’ hand hygiene behavior.

Stanford Children’s Health welcomes two new executive leaders in 2020 Stanford Children’s Health press release 2/5/20 Stanford Children’s Health has announced Patrick Idemoto as the organization’s new chief strategy officer and Marcie A. Atchison, JD, as the new chief human resources officer. Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, is quoted.

Women worldwide reclaim the power of birth in international best seller Pro News Report 2/4/20 Two Packard Children’s patients are featured in the book.

Rise of robot radiologists Scientific American 2/01/20 This story explores the use of deep-learning algorithms in the field of radiology. Matthew Lungren, MD, is quoted.

January 2020

Marlboro maker Altria distances itself from vaping giant Juul amid legal scrutiny USA Today 1/31/20 The Altria Group said that it will no longer provide marketing and retail distribution services for Juul, which is facing a ban on most e-cigarette flavors in pre-filled pods, numerous lawsuits and government investigations. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

FDA approves first treatment for kids with peanut allergy New York Times 1/31/20 This Associated Press article cites a Stanford pilot study that suggested a single shot could block a peanut reaction for two to six weeks.

Also see coverage from the following outlets, which quotes Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD:, Science News for Students

A Silicon Valley approach to treating pediatric obesity Stanford Children’s Health press release 1/30/20 Stanford Children’s Health experts are applying CDC funding and design thinking toward making their weight-management program available to low-income families nationwide. Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, is quoted.

Women dying from pregnancy and childbirth is still a problem in the United States, CDC report shows CNN 1/30/20 In the United States, nearly 700 women die each year due to pregnancy or childbirth, report says. Elliott Main, MD, director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, provides comment.

Also see: CBS Sacramento; Proto Magazine

Intermountain’s Marc Probst receives CHIME-HIMSS CIO of the Year award Healthcare Innovation 1/30/20 Ed Kopetsky, CIO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, is mentioned.

49ers fan gets surprise from team for 93rd birthday The Mercury News 1/30/20 The hospital’s Touchdown for Kids’ Health Fan Challenge is mentioned.

Apple to attend meeting promoting easy access to health data 1/24/20 Richard Bloomfield, MD, discusses efforts to support a Department of Health and Human Services initiative on medical data interoperability.

Scientists propose ‘tattoos’ to solve vaccination issues 1/24/20 A study that would inject patterns of invisible nanoparticles -- microneedle patches – under the skin addresses the challenge of keeping accurate vaccination records in poorer countries, where centralized medical databases are hard to create or maintain. Grace Lee, MD, is mentioned.

The ongoing bushfires in Australia are exacerbating asthma symptoms and causing respiratory distress 1/23/20 The article takes a look at the lingering health effects from the fires and smoke in Australia. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

20+ women hospital and health system CFOs to know Becker’s Hospital Review 1/23/20

Additional Ventures Launches Comprehensive Initiative Focused on Innovation in Single Ventricle Heart Defect Research Third Party Press Release 1/22/20 The Comprehensive Single Ventricle Program at the Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is highlighted.

The Human Screenome Project will capture everything we do on our phones MIT Technology Review 1/22/20 Stanford experts have developed a new way to get a granular view of people's onscreen lives, enabling them to ask questions linking online life, behaviors, health, and well-being. Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, is quoted.

Also see: Gizmodo,,, Scope

California man on quest to run 8 marathons around the world for charity ABC Bay Area (KGO 7) 1/21/20 Brendan Watkins, administrative director, enterprise analytics at Stanford Children’s Health, is featured. Additional media coverage of Brendan’s journey is featured below.

Also see: CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5), NBC Bay Area (KNTV 11), Fox Bay Area (KTVU 2) (link unavailable; email to request the clip),, Palo Alto Online, USA Breaking News,

China’s Unproven Antiviral Solution: Quarantine of 40 Million, San Francisco Chronicle 1/21/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed about the concerns over the outbreak of coronavirus in China and the first reported case in the U.S.

Also see:, ABC Bay Area (KGO 7)

Can ibuprofen really help with a heavy period flow? 1/21/20 This piece discusses using NSAIDs such as ibuprofen as a way to reduce menstrual bleeding and physical discomfort. Sophia Yen, MD, is quoted.

Parents can help build mental wellness in kids and teens at risk for bipolar Scope 1/21/20 Involving parents in therapy boosts mental wellness among children and teens at risk for bipolar disorder, a Stanford-led study has found. Manpreet Singh, MD, is quoted in this post.

Doctor-approved ways to help ease constipation in children Motherly 1/20/20 Latha Vrittamani, MD, is quoted.

A fighting chance The (sponsored content) 1/20/20 Kruz and Paizlee Davenport, the first pair of siblings in the U.S. to be diagnosed with SIOD, are showing vast improvement after the eldest sibling underwent a successful haploidentical stem cell transplantation followed by a kidney transplant from the same donor, his mother. The research could lead to greater knowledge of the organ systems that are affected by the SMARCAL1 gene mutation. Alice Bertaina, MD, PhD; David Lewis, MD; Waldo Concepcion, MD; and Karen Kristovich, NP, are quoted.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will be hosting summer camps 1/20/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Study: Fish oil boosts sperm count, semen value 1/17/20 A study published in JAMA found that men who used fish oil supplements had high semen volumes and total sperm counts. Michael Eisenberg, MD, is quoted.

When lab tests are misleading: A mystery in antibiotic resistance Scope 1/17/20 A new Stanford study says most children with antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infections get better on less powerful antibiotics than lab tests say they need. Alan Schroeder, MD, and Marie Wang, MD, are quoted.

Sick of mom-shaming, Deena Cortese of 'Jersey Shore' reveals son's foot condition, 1/15/20 Reality TV star Deena Cortese discusses her son’s foot condition, metatarsus adductus. Kali Tileston, MD, is quoted.

That lead apron in the x-ray room? You may not need it New York Times; Kaiser Health News; 1/14/20 A number of radiology organizations are trying to end the decades-old practice of shielding patients from radiation with lead aprons. Donald Frush, MD, is quoted.

Also see: ABC Bay Area (KGO 7),, Health Leaders Media, Orlando Medical News,,

In Australia, the air poses a threat; people are rushing to hospitals in cities choked by smoke Washington Post 1/12/20 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Hearst Foundations grant more than $2 million to education, health, social service organizations SF Gate 1/11/20 The Hearst Foundations announced awards of 14 grants totaling more than $2 million to California education, health, culture and social service organizations. Packard Children’s is mentioned.

10 hospitals, health systems launching telehealth services Becker’s Hospital Review 1/8/20 Article mentions how Stanford Children’s Health launched telehealth services within its pediatric emergency department to allow the health system's pediatric specialists at other facilities to provide care for patients virtually.

Study: Young women getting pelvic exams they don’t need WebMD 1/7/20 Paula Hillard, MD, is quoted.

New hospital debuts at Stanford University HC&O News 1/7/20 Article describes the new Stanford Hospital, and mentions Packard Children’s.

Stanford students help hospitalized kids learn science Scope 1/7/20 The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital School Program and Stanford students have designed new science-lab activities known as LABScI. Admitted patients/students can continue to meet California science curriculum standards.

100 hospital and health system CIOs to know Becker’s Hospital Review 1/6/20 Ed Kopetsky, chief information officer, and Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Children’s Health, are included in Becker’s 2020 annual CIO list.

Next generation of CAR-T cells possible Oncology Times 1/5/20 A study on cancer-fighting immune cells, CAR-T cells, can prolong their activity and increase their effectiveness against human cancer cells grown in the laboratory. Crystal Mackall, MD, is quoted.

Stanford's baby-care refresher 101 teaches expectant grandparents modern techniques Palo Alto Online 1/3/20 An article about the "Grandparents Seminar," a program designed to help new grandparents become better informed about the basics of infant care and make the most of their unique role in the family.

Why are you publicly sharing your child’s DNA information? New York Times 1/2/20 This opinion piece discusses how parents are exposing their personal health data by uploading their children’s genetic information on public websites. Louanne Hudgins, MD, is quoted.

New Year’s resolution: “Half the Sugar, All the Love” for healthy eating in 2020 San Jose Mercury News 1/2/20 Anisha Patel, MD, is quoted in this article on low-sugar recipes featured in her latest cookbook co-written with a healthy eating advocate.

An infant's eye color may change 6 months after they're born BabyGaga 1/2/20 Depending on the amount of melanin in a baby eyes, their eye color can change at any time from six months up to six years of age. Douglas Fredrick, MD, is quoted.

Doctors perform historic surgery with aid of virtual reality Medical Health News 1/2/20 Article features a patient family who came to Packard Children’s in search of a solution for their son’s life threatening brain tumor. Before the two-year-old patient underwent cranial base surgery, which had never been done on a patient so young, his team of doctors used virtual reality and a 3-D printed skull to practice and prepare for the surgery.

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