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SoCal School Leaders Encouraged by CDC Guidelines for Reopening Schools During Pandemic

July 24, 2020

Dr. Kate Williamson, current president of the AAP-OC Chapter spoke to KCAL9 about school reopenings. The Center for Disease Control released new guidelines on Friday, July 24 for students returning to school during the coronavirus pandemic. “I have seen the negative mental health effects on my patients. I have also seen the physical effects. I’ve seen the rise of obesity in my patients as well,” said pediatrician Dr. Kate Williamson of the long-term time away from school. She said she isn’t surprised that the CDC is pushing for schools to reopen. “The American Academy of Pediatrics has been saying we recognize it’s really important for kids to get back to school as soon as we can, but with safety guidelines” Williamson said.

February 12, 2020

Dr. Eric Ball was featured on The Doctors to discuss measles and immune amnesia. More than 1,200 cases of the measles have been diagnosed this year and doctors are now saying measles may cause immune amnesia, leaving you more vulnerable to illnesses you may have had before. Dr. Eric Ball shared how your immune system works and what the measles does to undermine how it works. The vaccine does not affect your immune system, in fact, it strengthens it.

November 8, 2019

Some U.S. parents are turning to baby formulas produced in Europe because they believe they are more natural and that they contain higher quality ingredients, but The Doctors warn these formulas are not registered with the FDA and they are entering the country illegally. Pediatrician Dr. Eric Ball shares why this could potentially be dangerous and personal stories of treating babies that have gotten sick or even had seizures from European formulas.

Reflective Tape and Shoes that Fit: Pediatricians offer Halloween Safety Tips

October 30, 2019

Dr. Agran, AAP-OC chapter member shared great tips for parents as they prepare to celebrate Halloween with their children.  According to Dr. Agran, the most common Halloween-related injuries are pedestrian accidents. “I want parents to be aware that children should have reflective costumes, cross at crosswalks and make sure cars can see you,” she said. “By the same token, talk to your friends, neighbors, relatives and your homeowners’ association and have them send out warnings to be alert that children are around because it’s Halloween. They may cross the street.”

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Dr. Eric Ball on Why Vaccinations are Important for Entire Communities

October 14, 2019

Dr. Eric Ball sat down with the Doctors TV and shared  that pediatricians believe in community immunity and there are a lot of people that are not able to get vaccinations, and the way that we protect these vulnerable populations is by the majority of people getting vaccinated.

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Dr. Kate Williamson Gives Advice Ahead of Flu Season

September 23, 2019

Dr. Kate Williamson from the Children’s Hospital in Orange County (CHOC) talks with KCAL9 about what to expect this coming flu season.

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Dr. Kate Williamson Discusses Vaping on KCAL9 News

September 16, 2019

Current chapter president, Dr. Kate Williamson, was featured on KCAL9 News to discuss the prevalence of vaping among youth. She states, “The amount of vaping I see increasing over the last couple years is incredible. It’s really scary for me as a pediatrician.”

From SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio – Dr. Eric Ball

May 22, 2019

Dr. Eric Ball, a CHOC Children’s pediatrician, appeared on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio to discuss teens and insomnia, including how much sleep teens need, how puberty affects sleep cycles, and proper sleep hygiene.

Kate Williamson, MD is featured in ACES Connection Article

CA to reimburse for only one of three ACEs screeners

April 2, 2019

California health care providers will soon begin to learn how many of the 13.2 million California children and adults in the state’s MediCal program have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). But the state’s proposed decision to reimburse only one of three recommended options for screening children has drawn mixed reactions from pediatricians.

“If we have mandated legislation that only looks at one screening tool, it really limits the opportunity to improve that screening tool over time and it also doesn’t take into consideration that there are a number of tools that are applicable and work really well right now,” said Dr. Kate Williamson, a pediatrician in private practice in Ladera, Calif.

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Eric Ball, MD participates in Sacramento press events for the new immunization bill (SB 276)

March 26, 2019

Childhood vaccine exemptions in California would need state OK under new bill
As a surging number of California parents forgo required vaccines for their children because of health concerns, the lawmaker behind the state’s mandatory vaccination law wants to remove the power to grant those exemptions from individual doctors.

Bill would strengthen vaccination laws, checking up on doctors who write exemptions
California legislators introduced a bill Tuesday that would tighten the state’s childhood immunization law, already one of the strictest in the nation. Children in California must be fully vaccinated to attend public or private schools, unless a doctor says they have a medical reason not to have all their shots.

Pan’s Bill Would Further Restrict Vaccine Exemptions for Schoolkids
Wanting to crack down on what he calls fraudulent doctors, a California legislator introduced a bill that would take the power to approve medical exemptions away from doctors and grant it to other health professionals.

Lawmakers hope to crack down on bogus medical vaccination exemptions
SB 276 would require the state Department of Public Health to approve all medical exemptions. The department would also set up a database to track exemptions. The number of medical exemptions has jumped since a state law banned exemptions for personal or religious reasons. Public health officials say some unethical doctors have sold medical exemptions or signed off on them when they weren’t necessary.

March 11, 2019

The Doctors welcome pediatrician Dr. Eric Ball to discuss research which has found that 99 percent of toddlers are consuming more sugar than what is recommended for a healthy adult female. Plus, they detail the possible health side effects excess sugar could pose to children, and how too much of it as a child could lead to numerous health issues as an adult.

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February 26, 2019

The Doctors welcome pediatrician Dr. Katherine Williamson who shares tips on how parents can deal with a child’s “terrible twos” phase.

Phyllis Agran, MD is featured in the Wall Street Journal

The Overprotected American Child

June 1, 2018

‘“Children mature and develop skills at different rates,” says Phyllis F. Agran, a pediatric gastroenterologist in Irvine, Calif., and the co-author of several of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ injury prevention policies. She notes that children with special needs, such as those with ADHD or developmental delays, may take longer to develop the impulse control and skills necessary to do some things independently.’

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Eric Ball, MD, FAAP was featured in the National AAP Newsletter

Chapter Leader Link Weekly Newsletter

December 27, 2017

The newsletter states, “We would like to recognize Eric Ball, MD, FAAP, California 4 Chapter President, for his excellence in vaccine advocacy. Dr. Ball was instrumental in implementing California-SB277, a law which removes personal belief exemptions to vaccination requirements for entry to private or public elementary or secondary schools in California, and into child care centers. Dr. Ball’s advocacy efforts were mentioned in the New York Times and National Public Radio. Dr. Ball is also involved in developing two Quality Improvement (QI) projects on improving childhood immunizations rates and improving HPV immunization rates. Great work, Dr. Ball!”

Mohan Kumaratne, MD, FAAP is Recognized for his Recent Publication

December 2017

“Vitamin D Deficiency and Association with BMI and Lipid Levels in Hispanic American Adolescents” has been published in the “Global Pediatric Health” issue.

2016 Ethnic Medical Organization Section’s Annual Physician Leadership Achievement Award

This award recognized Sudeep Kukreja, MD for his contributions toward the health of various ethnic communities, showing great success in eliminating health disparities, addressing access to care, and improving cultural competency and patient advocacy. The purpose of the award is to honor an outstanding physician; inspire other physicians; and to promote leadership, caring and compassion in medicine.

Dev A. GnanaDev Membership Award

California Medical Association’s Dev A. GnanaDev Award is presented to the California Medical Association member physician residing and practicing in California who during the past year demonstrated a special or unique effort towards membership recruitment resulting in membership growth in their area. Through Dr. Sudeep Kukreja’s advocacy, Orange County Medical Association’s (OCMA) membership has grown by close to 300 members. “I feel good that more physicians are learning about the great work that OCMA does and are becoming members,” Dr. Sudeep Kukreja said. “That really means a lot to me.”