Division News

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

In Brief


  • The British Medical Association Medical Book Awards for 2019 recognized a book co-edited by William Benitz, MD, and P. Brian Smith, MD, of Duke University. Neonataology Questions and Controversies: Infectious Diseases and Pharmacology (Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2018) was named Highly Commended. The award was presented at the BMA House in London, England on September 3. 
  • Earlier this year, the American Pediatric Society (APS) awarded David Stevenson, MD, with the prestigious John Howland Award. The APS recently established the John Howland Visiting Professor Program as an extension of the award, and Dr. Stevenson will be the inaugural visiting professor. On September 10, the APS announced its selection of the first host institutions: University of Texas Health Science Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Duke University. Dr. Stevenson will visit these institutions to share his experience and knowledge, exchange ideas, and engage in discussions about critical issues affecting academic pediatrics. 
  • Stanford faculty participated in the 7th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium in Boston, MA on September 22.
    • Anoop Rao, MD, MS,  Fatima Eskandar-Afshari, DO, and Bill Rhine, MD, have been working on a wearable continuous non-invasive blood pressure (BP) monitor along with Stanford spin-off PyrAmes Health. This device was selected as a winner in the "Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!" competition during the Symposium. The competition focused on NICU innovations and was organized by the Children's National Hospital and the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI). Looking forward, the non-invasive BP monitor will be part of the Pediatric Device Innovator Accelerator Program and also a finalist in the Ignite Fire Accelerator Program.
    • Janene Fuerch, MD, was invited to judge the pediatric device competition. Additionally, she was invited to be an expert panelist on a panel called "Hope or Hype? Shining a Light on Digital Health and Software as a Medical Device for Kids."
  • Dr. Fuerch was also invited to speak on a panel about innovative methods of education in neonatal resuscitation at the University of Oklahoma for the 3rd Annual Neonatal Resuscitation Symposium on September 27. Many of the members of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program steering committee are involved in this symposium.
  • Neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow Megan Ringle, MD (class of 2020) presented preliminary research findings at the Neonatal Cardiopulmonary Biology Young Investigators Forum in Chicago, IL, and received a research grant award of $1500 for her work. Her presentation was on the use of functional echo and NIRS to characterize neonatal hemodynamics. 
  • Dr. Stevenson gave a keynote presentation, entitled "Understanding Disparities in Preterm Birth," at the 50th Annual Perinatal Research Society meeting in Minneapolis, MN on September 28.


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Jul July 29 Mon 2019

NICU disparities disadvantage infants of color (MedPage Today)

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Jul July 16 Tue 2019

Hefty nicknames for 2019's tiniest baby (Stanford Children's Health -- Patient Stories)

May May 06 Mon 2019

New research links brain injury from low oxygen to specific cells (Stanford Medicine News)

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