Children's Colorado Health Pavilion
Aurora860 N Potomac Cir, Aurora, CO 80111
Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus
Highlands Ranch1811 Plaza Drive Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora13123 East 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045
Clinical Interest for Patients
Breastfeeding, Primary Care, Health Disparities, Integrated Mental Health
I have a practical style and shared team approach to taking care of children and their families.
- Pediatrics ( 2003 )
Conditions & Treatments
Interests & Activities
I enjoy spending time with my family--3 wonderful adult children, walking my dogs, reading, barre/Peloton, gardening, travel and SCUBA diving/skiing when I can.
Chair of the AAP Section on Breastfeeding, Paid Parental Leave Policy, Ankyloglossia and Advocacy for accommodation for workplace support for nursing mothers.
Education & Training
MD, University of Minnesota Medical School (1988)
BA, Carleton College (MN) (1984)
MSPH, University of Colorado Denver (2006)
University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (1989)
University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (1992)
University of Colorado (2003)
Research & Grants
Research Interests for Patients
Prior to COVID and now, I have been actively involved in the Black Health Initiative and participated in a nationwide collaborative with Accelerating Child Health Transformation. With grant funds we have been exploring Diversity and Equity issues for families in our clinic medical home. In my previous role as medical director in the primary care clinic for 15 years and currently in my new hospital leadership position, I have been involved many teaching initiatives for our large teaching clinic and projects that have resulted in publications. I have co-led the fully integrated mental health and behavior program for over 12 years. In terms of quality improvement research with screening for asthma, well child care adherence, pregnancy-related depression, developmental delay, psychosocial/social determinants of health as well Second-Hand Smoke (SHS). I am also the director of the Breastfeeding Curriculum for our Pediatric residents and a breastfeeding elective for medical students. I have published on breastfeeding support in LatinX and developed and completed a randomized trial of a bilingual (Spanish) texting and breastfeeding support app Mother's Milk Messaging. (BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2022). I am the lead editor of the Current Diagnosis and Therapeutics in Pediatrics 27th Edition textbook. I have received excellent feedback on my book, Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (4th edition) as a helpful resource for physician practices and anyone providing advice for breastfeeding. I am proud of the research side of my clinical and administrative leadership work here and will be starting a Language Power Quality Improvement project as part of my funding from Bonnie W. Camp Distinguished Professorship.