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

Don’t bring home an itchy souvenir!

Planning a hike or just enjoying open space near by? Poison oak is out there, and it’s harder to recognize before it’s fully leafed out. Read what to do before and after in a vintage blog post here and here.

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Well Care Continues in the time of COVID19

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced recommendations for offices regarding the care of infants and children during the pandemic. We must not lose sight of the face that other disease like meningitis, whooping cough, measles, influenza and many others cause … Continue reading

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Silver Lining? Potty Time!

Stuck at home with the 18 month old and up set? Here’s a post about potty training. If you have a deck or backyard, set up gates to keep your little trainer limited to kitchen and the outdoors. If toilet … Continue reading

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Satellite Clinic: Directions

We are seeing patients with fever, cough, and colds in our satellite clinic. Many clinics are evaluating patients in their cars outside where fresh air provides excellent ventilation for the concerns surrounding COVID19. The marked parking spots are on the … Continue reading

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COVID19 101: Care Instructions after Testing

Resources for patients who have been tested for COVID19 follow. This information is evolving rapidly and is provided effective 3/15/2020. Visit the CDC website for updates. Once the patient has been evaluated for other other known infections, the COVID 19 … Continue reading

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Community Love in the Time of COVID19

Dear Families, School closings, containment zones and quarantines are ramping up Coronavirus anxiety for all of us, from the youngest, who respond to our stress, to the elderly, who are most affected, to those of us in the middle, who … Continue reading

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Early Bird Drop-Ins: SUSPENDED

Your family’s health is our primary concern, and for that reason we are suspending our early bird drop-in appointments due to the COVID19 pandemic. This will allow us to coordinate care for sick children and continue to provide necessary wellness … Continue reading

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COVID 19 Testing at our office

COVID19 testing, when clinically appropriate, can be sent from our office. Please call to arrange this in your child’s medical home. 

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COVID19 Office Update

We would like to give an update about how our office is handling the Coronavirus- COVID19 infections in our area. Our main concern is the health and well being of our patients and their families, and we have implemented protocols … Continue reading

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We may utilize some telemedicine appointments in the near term. We use the platform. It requires a good internet/WiFi connection. If you’d like to down load the program now, you can sign up here. You must call the office … Continue reading

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