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Packard/Stanford Physician to Lead Society for Pediatric Research

STANFORD, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- David Cornfield, MD, the chief of pulmonary, allergy, and critical care medicine at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, has been elected president of the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR).


Beginning this month, Cornfield is leading the prestigious organization of research-based academic pediatricians for a one-year term. "It's a great honor to be chosen by the Society membership," said Cornfield, who is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass professor of pulmonary medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and director of the center for excellence in pulmonary biology. "My role will be to offer vision and guidance for the issues that are most relevant for advancing the research agenda of health scientists."

While leading the 3000-member Society, Cornfield will continue his appointments at Packard Children's and Stanford, including serving as medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit.

"The goals of Packard Children's Hospital, the School of Medicine and the Society for Pediatric Research are well-aligned," added Cornfield. "There's a very natural synergy, and I hope this will enable me to advocate even more effectively on behalf of children and families."

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About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital:

Ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 272-bed hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services and associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally the full range of health care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit

About the Stanford University School of Medicine:

The Stanford University School of Medicine consistently ranks among the nation's top 10 medical schools, integrating research, medical education, patient care and community service. For more news about the school, please visit The medical school is part of Stanford Medicine, which includes Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. For information about all three, please visit

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