CHLA News & Media

Published on February 15, 2018
18_2_Heart_Transplant_CHLA_0622.jpg Today the hospital operates one of the nation's leading pediatric heart transplant programs  This month, The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) celebrates the 25th anniversary of its pediatric heart transplant program, the first dedicated pediatric... Read More
Published on February 15, 2018
chla-casey-fisher-header.jpg After beating back two life-threatening illnesses, the resilient teenager has a new heart to take forward and a bout with cancer to leave behind. By Jeff Weinstock Consider this a chicken-and-egg discussion no one ever wanted to have, but knowing which came first, the... Read More
Published on February 6, 2018
chla-zerkari-payne-with-mom-header.jpg By Katie Sweeney Fifteen-year-old Zerkari Payne is back at school these days, hanging out with his friends again and “shooting some hoop.” The outgoing high school sophomore has more energy than he can ever remember. “I feel like a brand-new person,” Zerkari says. Still... Read More
Published on February 5, 2018
Jasmine_HLHS Consortium web.jpg Children's Hospital Los Angeles is announcing participation in the first-ever clinical trial using stem cells from umbilical cord blood to delay or even prevent heart failure in children born with a rare congenital heart defect that leaves them with half a heart. The Phase I... Read More
Published on February 2, 2018
PaulViviano_073.jpg Paul S. Viviano will lead initiatives to improve pediatric health care delivery systems at California's dedicated children's hospitals  CHLA President and CEO Paul S. Viviano (Photo credit: Children's Hospital Los Angeles) LOS ANGELES –... Read More
Published on February 1, 2018
Michael  Pulsipher, MD, CHLA3.jpg Detailed analysis of patient data now available Results of the global, multicenter, pivotal phase 2 study that led to the first FDA approval of a gene therapy/cell therapy approach known as CAR T-cell therapy, were published on January 31 in the New England Journal of... Read More
Published on January 24, 2018
chla-bilingual-acquisition.jpg I am lucky enough to have been raised Spanish-English bilingual in Los Angeles, a city in which greater than 50 percent of the population speaks a language other than English. Current estimates indicate that the number of people whose first language is not English will continue... Read More
Published on January 12, 2018
chla-henri-ford-10-things-header.jpg Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FRCS, FAAP: The Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Haitian-born medical maven who has dedicated his life to not only helping the many kids that walk through CHLA's doors, but also the children and... Read More
Published on January 5, 2018
chla-central-line-tips.jpg As a Family Resource Center nurse, I have learned a lot from my families about living with central venous catheters (CVCs), also known as “lines.” I worked with a group of specialists that included a central line specialist, a Child Life specialist, a social worker, an... Read More
Published on January 5, 2018
chla-nail-biting-tips.jpg I can tell you the exact moment my son Alexander became a nail biter. He was 5 years old, watching his mom get dressed for work. I could see at the time Alexander place his finger in his mouth and chew on his nail. He never stopped; it was embarrassing for him, he learned to... Read More
Published on January 4, 2018
chla-power-mobility.jpg What is power mobility? Independent mobility is essential for cognitive and psychological development for children of all ages and abilities. For some children with disabilities, power wheelchairs are the only way they can achieve this independence. They can be used for... Read More
Published on December 28, 2017
chla-ben-clark-hlhs-header-v3.jpg By Sarah Brown For a 4-day-old infant, 3½ hours is a long time. For his mother, it feels like a lifetime—when he is having open-heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect. Benjamin Clark was born at a healthy 9 pounds, 12 ounces on April 15 in Bakersfield,... Read More
Published on December 26, 2017
IS-Dept-2829b.jpg Survey by HIMSS Analytics measures employees' own attitudes about their hospital's leadership ability, professional development opportunities, salary, benefits, workplace culture and more The Children's Hospital Los Angeles Information Services Team. (Photo courtesy:... Read More
Published on December 22, 2017
chla-wildfire-safety.jpg Wildfires are not uncommon when you live in California—and that’s a scary thing for some children to grasp. We spoke to two experts at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles—pulmonologist Shirleen Loloyan Kohn, MD, and psychologist Stephanie Marcy, PhD—to get tips on keeping your whole... Read More
Published on December 19, 2017
chla-gwen-stefani-2017-visit.jpg Who could make a sing-along the coolest thing ever? GWEN STEFANI. Gwen and songwriter Justin Tranter, along with their crew, brought festive cheer to the Family Lounge at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Lights, Christmas trees and holiday headbands set the mood as Gwen... Read More
Published on December 18, 2017
chla-fierce-pierce-header-1.jpg On a bright, sunny weekend in March 2017, Aubrey and Tyler Kelly decided to celebrate their new family of five with a camping trip before the end of Tyler’s paternity leave. They piled their three kids—4-year-old Sierra; Pierce, not quite 2; and Harper, only 4-and-a-half weeks... Read More
Published on December 15, 2017
chla-kennedy-lewis-header2.jpg Kennedy Rae Lewis’ mom expected her first ride to be in the back seat of her car on the way home from the hospital. Instead, it was in a helicopter, just hours after she was born—and it was a ride on which her life depended. Kennedy arrived ten weeks early via emergency... Read More
Published on December 14, 2017
Laura Perin, PhD_0 (1) 2017 web.jpg Study findings indicate a more effective way to slow organ damage in Alport syndrome Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that extracellular vesicles – tiny protein-filled structures – isolated from amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs) can be used to effectively... Read More
Published on December 12, 2017
PaulViviano_073.jpg “On behalf of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles community, I want to express my admiration for Jimmy Kimmel and his family for their incredible strength during such an emotional time. The Kimmels have become powerful advocates for the protection of high-quality health care... Read More
Published on December 6, 2017
chla-rehab-holiday-gift-guide.jpg It’s that time of year when family and friends start to ask what your child is interested in or what gifts they should give. Here’s a list of age-appropriate toys and items that will encourage skills and developmental milestones. 1 to 2 years old After the first year of... Read More

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