Division News

A compilation of professional and academic accomplishments and recognition in the popular press

In Brief


  • Alexis Davis, MD, MS Epi, medical director of our NICU at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCHS), was selected to receive the inaugural LPCHS Medical Staff Impact Award. This award recognizes a Packard Children’s Hospital physician who achieves high standards in the practice of medicine and is viewed as a role model, collaborator, and leader by his or her peers.
  • Stanford’s Department of Pediatrics honored 4 neonatology faculty members with 2020 Faculty Awards:
  • Malathi Balasundaram, MD, was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor June 1.
  • Ciaran Phibbs, PhD, was awarded an R01 for $1.9 million (direct costs) to examine how obstetric volume affects the outcomes of both mothers and infants. The goal is to determine if there should be minimum volume standards for delivery, and if these should be different for urban and rural areas. The grant began on June 15 and will last four years. 
  • Jingjing Li, PhD, Gary Shaw, DrPH, and David K. Stevenson, MD, have formed an interdisciplinary team and were awarded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant of $520,000 for a project entitled “Single-Cell Placental Epigenomes and Social Disparity of Preterm Birth.” The goal will be to determine how socioeconomic status (SES) may reprogram epigenomes, and identify SES-associated epigenomic alterations in the placenta. Dr. Li was trained in March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center – Stanford and recently moved to an independent position at UCSF. This grant will establish a strong connection between UCSF and Stanford to integrate genomic, epidemiological, and clinical approaches for prematurity research.
  • Neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow Pearl Houghteling, MD (Class of 2022), received a Clinical Trainee Support award (2020-2022) from Stanford's Maternal and Child Health Research Institute. Dr. Houghteling will assess the impact of supplemental iron and anemia on the microbiome of premature neonates, and her mentor is David Relman, MD.
  • Gary Darmstadt, MD, was featured on a video with former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East to discuss the benefits of skin-to-skin care. Watch here.


Jun June 03 Wed 2020

Benzodiazepines Tied to Higher Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy

(The New York Times)

Additional coverage by Scope blog.

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