Attending Physician
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician Educator), Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Debra Stern, MD joined the Division of Neonatology at CHLA in 2015. She obtained her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and  completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and her fellowship in neonatology at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Prior to returning to CHLA, Dr. Stern was a staff neonatologist at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Washington Hospital Healthcare System and at Marin General Hospital in Northern California.

Clinical Interests

Physician-Patient (parent) Communication


Medical School: 

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles


Neonatology, Stony Brook University Medical Center



Pediatric Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics 
Neonatal Resuscitation Provider
Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Professional Memberships: 

American Academy of Pediatrics
AAP Section on Perinatology
California Association of Neonatologists


Pediatrix Professional Development Award
Ikaria Research Grant for Advancing Newborn Medicine
Best Poster Award; Women in Medicine, Stony Brook, NY

Other Information

Specialty Interest: 

Non-Invasive Ventilation


Stern DJ, Weisner MD, Courtney SE.  The Graseby Capsule: A new look at old technology.  Presented at: ESPR (Eastern Society for Pediatric Research), Philadelphia, PA, 2010 & Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, CA, 2010.  (Publication 1472.213)

Stern DJ, Weisner MD, Courtney SE.  Non-Invasive Ventilation in the Neonate: Evaluation of Synchronized BiPAP using the Graseby Capsule. Submitted for ESPR and PAS 2011

Stern DJ, Weisner MD, Courtney SE. (2013), Synchronized Neonatal Non-Invasive Ventilation-A Pilot Study: The Graseby Capsule with bi-level NCPAP. Pediatr. Pulmonol.. doi:10. 1002/ppul.22880

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