Author Archives: Lisa M. Asta, MD

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit

4.5 out of 5 stars

Have you gotten a health insurance questionnaire asking you to rate your doctor’s office?   Insurance companies withhold payments from doctors’ offices for the care we give and release it based on the results of questionnaires.   Please complete these … Continue reading

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Parents and Legalized Marijuana

Resources for parents for California’s era of legalized marijuana. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes youth shouldn’t use marijuana. The reason behind that decision is here. The effects of marijuana on the developing brain are reviewed here. Edible marijuana products … Continue reading

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All busy, all the time! It’s all about positive reinforcement and limit setting. Here are the handouts I share most often with parents: Bananas_Living_with_1_and_2_Year_Olds ToddlerDiscipline.MDConsult 1 2 3 Magic by Dr. Phelan is the bible for 2 years and up. … Continue reading

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Stranger Things 3?

Nosebleeds are common, and generally not a sign of telekinesis. They happen more often with colds and allergies and when we put the heat on and dry out the air. Read more about preventing and treating here.

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Does Milk Cause Mucus?

The short answer is no. If you sick child likes milk, it’s okay to give it during colds and coughs. Milk has protein and natural sugars, and the body needs good nutrition to heal. If you child is allergic to … Continue reading

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Toy Shopping

Good info about best toys for children from Bananas in Oakland is here and the American Academy of Pediatrics has a link about choosing safe toys here. See also my previous posts on Old School Toys and Baby’s First Holiday … Continue reading

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment chaos at your house? We try to make open enrollment, well, more open. We don’t want you or your child or young adult to have to change health doctors when insurance options change, so we accept most health … Continue reading

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Dogtor Teddy

You may have already met Teddy, the office dog, who started work in April after a mom asked if the puppy could sit with her child who was anxious about a vaccination. Since then Teddy has assisted with many immunizations. … Continue reading

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Vanderbilt Forms for ADHD

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Achoo!!! Family Flu Shots

Our first shipments of flu vaccine for this year have arrived. We are bringing back flu shots for kids and their adult family members here in our office this year.  Every patient’s chart is screened before the flu shot is … Continue reading

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