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 WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com

15 Minute SARS-CoV-2 Nasal Screening Now Available

We now offer the BD Veritor antigen screening for COVID19. This test uses a nasal swab 1″ into the nose. Results are available in 15 minutes. Testing requires a telemedicine evaluation with the swab done at our outdoor satellite location. … Continue reading

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Forbidden Binkies?

The Baby Friendly Initiative, meant to foster successful breastfeeding, has had some unintended consequences. Pacifiers are forbidden. Sending the baby to the nursery so the parent can sleep is also out. While promoting breastfeeding is a worthy endeavor, mothers and … Continue reading

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Flu Excellence Award

California’s Vaccines for Children program awarded us their Flu Excellence Award for protecting babies, kids, and young adults from influenza. Schedule your flu shot now!

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Should the Baby be Circumcised?

  Resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents are here. Their position is that the decision to circumcise is one best made by parents in consultation with their pediatrician, taking into account what is in the best interests … Continue reading

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Night Nurse Triage

We are delighted to announce that our office has teamed up with Night Nurse Triage Services. Night Nurse provides specialized triage services staffed with RNs averaging 18 years clinical experience. To reach the advice nurse after hours, call the office … Continue reading

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COVID19 Testing Update July 23, 2020

Our communities are re-opening and our lives are expanding. This is a good thing! As social distancing relaxes, exposures are increasing and we are receiving phone calls from worried parents. Fortunately, the data still shows that the majority of children … Continue reading

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Pod People?

While no one can make wave a magic wand and make predictions about what may or may not be “safe” in terms of adults and children interactions during the COVID19 pandemic, some are floating the concept of “bubbles” and “pods.” … Continue reading

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What to Think About When You are Trying to Avoid COVID 19

TipsToProtectYourself This handout was written for health care workers. It’s an exhaustive list of things for us to think about as we transition from home to work and back home again. Having worked in operating rooms and a research lab … Continue reading

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COVID19: CDC Links

How COVID19 spreads Symptoms How to Protect Yourself and Others If You are Sick or Caring for Someone Daily Life and Coping Schools and Day Camps Childcare, School and Youth Programs Youth Sports Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home People who … Continue reading

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Flu Vaccines Fall 2020 Update

Flu vaccines for 2020-2021 season are on order. At this time we have not been told to expect shortages or delays. We will have influenza injections as well as the nasal influenza spray (Flumist). We recommend getting the flu vaccine … Continue reading

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