I am obsessed with improving how we care for children and families in this country. In addition to advising digital health and healthcare service companies, I research, write, and speak on child health topics including early childhood development, parenting, child nutrition, family relational health, adolescent mental health, health equity, population health, digital transformation, human-centered design, and healthcare innovation.
I received my MD from UC Davis School of Medicine, completed my Pediatrics Residency at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and cared for children and families in a busy community practice in Silicon Valley for 12 years. I spent the first half of the pandemic leading my clinic’s COVID response for the simple reason that I was committed to keeping our doors open for our families, many of whom were Stanford Hospital employees (from janitors to ICU staff). During that time, I struggled to help young families drowning under the sudden closure of schools, playgrounds, child care, and other social supports. It became clear to me that while we care ABOUT children, our system is not designed to care FOR them. I left my practice and re-joined the Stanford faculty to devote the second half of my career to re-imagining how we care for children in this country.