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Designing Solutions for Maternal and Infant Health

Scientific Advisory Board

The scientific advisory board helps to shape the vision and focus for Childx, ensuring the topics address present challenges and future solutions for better child and maternal care worldwide.

  • Alan Cheng, MD

    Alan Cheng

    Alan Cheng joined the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University as a surgeon-scientist in 2007.  His clinical practice based at the Stanford Ear Institute and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital focuses on otologic diseases including congenital hearing loss and cochlear implantation in children.  In parallel, his research program focuses on inner ear hair cell development and regeneration. He has received funding from the NIH, the Department of Defense, the American Otological Society, and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for this research endeavor.

  • Christopher Longhurst, MD

    Christopher Longhurst

    Dr. Christopher Longhurst is a board-certified hospitalist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Chris also has a graduate degree in medical informatics and holds an administrative appointment as the Chief Medical Information Officer at Stanford Children’s Health. In this role he has helped lead the hospital’s transition to electronic medical records and developed that system as a diverse tool to enhance patient safety, efficiency, and quality of care.

  • Hugh O'Brodovich, MD, FRCP(C)

    Hugh O’Brodovich

    Stanford Medicine/Pediatrics

    Dr. O’Brodovich assumed the positions of Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Adalyn Jay Physician in Chief at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in January 2008. In 2010 he was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Stanford Child Health Research Institute. His current research involves population-based studies to discover the genetic influences on the development of Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and the long term outcomes of neonatal lung disease. He currently serves on the Council of the American Pediatric Society and has published 168 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 21 book chapters.

  • Gary Shaw, PhD

    Gary M. Shaw

    Stanford Medicine/Pediatrics/Neonatology

    Dr. Shaw is Professor & Associate Chair of Pediatrics, Stanford University, where he has conducted epidemiologic research for 25 years. He is Co-PI of March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center, PI of California Center Finding Causes and Preventives of Birth Defects, and a PI for UC Berkeley/Stanford Children’s Environmental Health Center. Research interests include epidemiology of birth defects and gene-environment approaches to perinatal outcomes. He has published around 350 scientific papers.


  • David Stevenson, MD, PhD

    David Stevenson

    Stanford Medicine/Pediatrics

    Dr. David K. Stevenson serves as the Principal Investigator for the March of Dimes Research Center at Stanford University.  He is the Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics and has held numerous leadership roles at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He is currently the Senior Associate Dean for Maternal & Child Health, the Director of the Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services, the Co-Director of the Stanford Child Health Research Institute, and the Leader of Spectrum Child Health at Stanford University.

    Dr. Stevenson has received many awards, including the Virginia Apgar Award, which is the highest award in Perinatal Pediatrics, and the Jonas Salk Award for Leadership in Prematurity Prevention from the March of Dimes Foundation.  In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Stevenson is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.  He has served as the President of the American Pediatric Society and was co-founder of the California Association of Neonatologists (CAN) and the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC).  Dr. Stevenson has published over 530 articles on a wide range of scientific topics in neonatal- perinatal medicine.  He is also the editor of several textbooks and numerous chapters in most of the major textbooks on neonatology.

  • Dennis P. Wall, PhD

    Dennis P. Wall

    Stanford Medicine/Pediatrics

    Dr. Wall is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Systems Medicine at Stanford University, where his lab is developing novel approaches in systems biology to decipher the molecular pathology of autism spectrum disorder and related neurological conditions. Dr. Wall has acted as science advisor to several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, has created and advised on cutting-edge approaches to cloud computing, and has received numerous awards, including the Harvard Medical School Leadership Award and the Slifka/Ritvo Clinical Innovation in Autism Research Award for outstanding advancements in clinical translation.

  • Bonnie Whalen, MBA

    Bonnie Whalen

    Stanford Child Health Research Institute/LPCH

    Ms. Whalen is the Administrative Director, Stanford Child Health Research Institute, and Director, Children’s Health Initiative at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.  She facilitates strategic planning for the Institute to achieve alignment between academic and clinical priorities, and directs all business and financial activities.  Bonnie oversees the design and implementation of a variety of competitive award programs for faculty scholars, postdoctoral fellows, pilot studies, and transdisciplinary initiatives available to all child and maternal health investigators.