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Sensory-Friendly Pediatric Clinics: Tips from Dr. Eberhardt De Master



  “The reason I went into pediatrics is to do the work that I'm doing now,” says Joy Eberhardt De Master, MD, FAAP. Dr. Eberhardt is a behavioral-developmental pediatrician in…

Child Abuse Prevention Month Spotlight: Dr. Margaret Miller



  April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, so we're highlighting OPS Member Margaret Miller, MD, FAAP. Dr. Miller is a pediatric hospitalist and the former medical director at Juliette's…

Holding the Baby in Mind During Times of War

OPS Member Sherri L. Alderman, MD, MPH, IMHM-E Clinical and Policy, FAAP


  As the man-made humanitarian crisis continues to rage in Ukraine, whole populations are being devastated. The short- and long-term impact on culture, community, family, and individual health and well-being…

Dr. Larry Krupa: From Primary Care to Behavioral Pediatrics



  Lawrence (Larry) Krupa, MD, FAAP, grew up in Oregon and graduated from the OHSU School of Medicine. After completing his residency at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco, he…

Member Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Bass Works to Reduce Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption



  OPS Member Jennifer Bass, MD, FAAP, has been involved with childhood obesity work since 1999, when she did clinical research on parental perceptions of child weight and ran a…

NEW On-Demand Webinar: Positive Childhood Experiences, HOPE, and Early Relational Health 



Featuring OPS Member David Willis, MD, FAAP Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) can be promoted through Early Relational Health, and they are both the prevention and intervention for toxic stress. Oregon…

Dr. Helen Miller’s Career of Service to Disaster Management



  OPS member Helen Miller, MD, FAAP, FACEP, CPE, has always had a passion for the mission and service of disaster planning. She learned about disaster medical teams while training…

OPS Announces New Board Directors



James Bishara, MD, MBA, is a Salem-based pediatric cardiologist and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at OHSU School of Medicine. He moved from Louisiana several years ago, is our AAP…

Reflections from Oregon AAP Committee Leaders



  This summer Robert Macauley, MD, and Dawn Nolt, MD, MPH, each finished their terms of service on AAP executive committees. Dr. Macauley was Chair of the Committee on Bioethics, and Dr. Nolt served on the…

OPS Members Remember Portland Academy of Pediatrics



  OPS Members Bob Mendelson, MD, Jacob Reiss, MD, and Betty Reiss, MD, have known each other since 1970, when Jacob and Betty first arrived in Portland, during what Dr.…

Dr. Cheryl Hanna Advocates for Science-Driven Newborn Screening



  Cheryl Hanna, MD, a retired pediatric endocrinologist, has been on OPS’s Advocacy Committee since its inception in 2017. At that point, Dr. Hanna had been retired for three years…

Dr. Ryan Hassan on COVID Vaccines for Ages 12+



On May 10, the FDA announced that it has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12+.  OPS Member Ryan Hassan, MD, MPH, joined OPB’s Think Out Loud on May…

Keeping Kids Healthy in a Changing Climate: Resources from Our Virtual Conference



  On April 17, OPS presented our first virtual conference, Keeping Kids Healthy in a Changing Climate. Attendees left with resources for empowering their patients with more time outdoors, as…

Member Analysis: The Child Tax Credit

Sherri Alderman, MD, MPH, FAAP


  The recent 2021 COVID relief package, the American Rescue Plan, includes a significant expansion of the Child Tax Credit, which has the potential to lift millions of children out…

Dr. Kylie Seeley Reflects On Medical School, OPS and AAP Leadership



  As we welcome spring and sunny skies, Oregon bids farewell to Dr. Kylie Seeley, OPS Board member and March 2021 MD/MPH graduate of the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr.…

OPS Child Health Advocacy Goes Virtual at 2021 Lobby Day



  OPS hosted its third annual State Advocacy Day on February 24. This year was a first – a video conference gathering for the morning group event and small virtual…

Dr. Dawn Nolt Answers Kids’ COVID-19 Questions

“I would ask parents to answer the kids’ [COVID-19] questions with calm and honesty, even if you don’t know the answer, and reassure them that everyone is working hard to…

Dr. Ellen Stevenson On Calling Your Pediatrician During COVID

New York Times


  During the pandemic and physical distancing, many families may feel reluctant to schedule child health appointments. But even during COVID-19, there is a still a need for regular immunizations…

Opinion: Prioritize teachers for vaccinations and re-open schools

Jaime Peterson, MD, MPH


  Originally published in The Oregonian on December 20, 2020 Oregon children and parents are in crisis. Every day as a pediatrician, I see the negative impact that closing schools…

Dr. Dana Nason: OPS Leader, QI Champion, & Crossword Puzzle Enthusiast



  Dana Nason, MD, has been a long-time champion of clinical quality improvement. As an outgoing OPS board member who spent six years on the Executive Committee, including two years…

AMA Pediatrician Panel: Dr. Greg Blaschke on Child Health During COVID



  OPS Member Dr. Greg Blaschke was on an American Medical Association panel last week, where he shared tips for talking to teens about COVID-19, as well as thoughts on…

Member Spotlight: Dr. Ken Carlson’s OPS Leadership Journey



In September, Dr. Ken Carlson, of Childhood Health Associates of Salem, will be resigning from the OPS Board, “to create space for new and diverse voices.” He is excited to…

OPS Member 2019 Special Achievement Award: Sandra Dunbrasky, MD, FAAP



  Dr. Sandra Dunbrasky has given steadfast service to rural practice, primary care management, kids with special health care needs, and disaster relief. She reflected on her life and career…

OPS Welcomes New Board Officers



  [caption id="attachment_764" align="alignright" width="389"] Drs. Rica Cruz (left) and Angela Zallen[/caption] Rica Cruz, MD, and Angela Zallen, MD, have been elected as OPS Treasurer and Vice President, respectively. Their…

Dr. Kelley Burnett Named Chief Medical Officer at AllCare Health



  OPS Board Member Kelley Burnett, DO, has been named Chief Medical Officer at AllCare Health --a physician-led B Corp -- in Grants Pass. She aims to continue supporting AllCare’s goal…

Member Opinion: Public Health Isn’t Always a Government Conspiracy

David Coutin, MD. Originally published in the Bend Bulletin.


  "We may disagree on how serious this pandemic was or how necessary it was to go in social isolation, but we should not refuse to take reasonable and cautious…

Toolkit Available: Promoting Pediatrics during COVID-19



  Oregon Pediatric Society has released a communications toolkit to help our members and partners amplify the message to families that pediatricians are available and OPEN FOR CHILDREN. OPS shares…

Recorded Session: OPS Members Address Parent Questions on COVID-19



During a March 15 virtual Q+A session, OPS members reminded families to keep up on well visits and immunizations during COVID-19.  This "Ask a Pediatrician" event was Oregon Pediatric Society's…

OPS Advocacy Committee member Dr. Lisa Reynolds Runs for State Representative



  Many OPS members have been extra busy during the pandemic. Advocacy Committee member Lisa Reynolds, MD, is seeing patients at The Children’s Clinic in Portland, being a mom to…

Dr. Antwon Chavis On Life as a Foster Parent During COVID-19

Antwon Chavis, MD.


  May is National Foster Care Month, and it honestly couldn’t have come at a better time. Many foster homes are in crisis right now, foster parents are struggling, and…

Househ​old Disinfectant Safe​ty & Other Home Poison Prevention Tips

Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP


  There are some dangerous myths families may hear about ways to treat or prevent COVID-19, and this is one of them. Household disinfectant products such as bleach are poisonous and…

2019 OPS Member Special Achievement Awards



  In a time that now feels long ago and far away, OPS was preparing for our annual CME conference and membership meeting. It was scheduled for this past Saturday,…

Child Abuse Awareness During Sheltering in Place

Tamara Grigsby, MD, FAAP


  The COVID-19 pandemic is destabilizing environments and driving up stressors for everyone in Oregon without discrimination; early data shows people of color and low-income families are disproportionally affected. As…

Dr. Ben Hoffman on Home Injuries Surge with COVID-19

New York Times


As schools and offices are closed to promote social distancing, many parents are juggling remote work and childcare.  OPS Member Ben Hoffman, MD, was quoted in a recent New York Times…

Dr. Whitney Casares Shares Advice for New Parents during COVID-19



  OPS Member Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, shared advice for parents in a March 19 Oregonian article, "Babies and the pandemic: How can new parents cope during the coronavirus outbreak?"…

Welcome New OPS Member Dr. Clara Lampi to Central Oregon



A native Oregonian, Dr. Lampi grew up in Portland, with frequent trips to the northern Oregon coast to visit her grandparents. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2013 and completed…

Dr. Dean Sidelinger Begins as Oregon’s State Health Officer & Epidemiologist



In September, OPS Member Dean Sidelinger, MD, MSEd, FAAP, became the State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist for Oregon. Prior to this position, Dr. Sidelinger was the deputy health officer…

Meet Pediatric Specialists of Pendleton



In Oregon's rural areas, pediatricians are often outnumbered by family practice clinicians. However, Pediatric Specialists of Pendleton is an independent rural clinic in Umatilla County. Practicing in a rural area: OPS members Sara…

Dr. Lisa Reynolds Campaigns for Oregon State Legislature



Lisa Reynolds, MD, has announced that she is running as a Democrat for Oregon House District 36. This district is in Portland and includes downtown, the south waterfront, and the…

Immigration Spotlight: Dr. Lauren Herbert Praised for Work at US-Mexico Border



  "You got a real hero in your midst in Dr. [Lauren] Herbert,” Senator Ron Wyden told the Eugene Register-Guard . “Had we not had her, I really fear for what would have…

Dr. Sherri Alderman Continues as Oregon’s Act Early Ambassador



For the past two years, OPS member and developmental behavioral pediatrician Sherri Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E, FAAP has been the Act Early Ambassador for Oregon. This program is supported by…

OPS Names Dr. Alanna Braun as Vice President



The Oregon Pediatric Society board has elected Alanna Braun, MD, FAAP, as OPS’s new Vice President. Dr. Braun has worked at Oregon Health and Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital since…

Dr. Bob Mendelson Receives AAP Award for Work with Child Health and Media



Each year the AAP recognizes one Fellow of the Academy whose outstanding contributions have demonstrated that media's influence on child and adolescent health is an important public health issue, and…

OPS Executive Board Takes Office



The past meets the present as this year's Executive Committee take their pledge on the original 1932 Constitution of the Oregon Pediatric Society. Left to right: Dana Nason, MD, FAAP…

Dr. Dana Hargunani Becomes Oregon Health Authority’s Chief Medical Officer



Dana Hargunani, MD, MPH, became the Oregon Health Authority's (OHA) chief medical officer effective January 16, 2018. A full description is available at the OHA website.

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