This special series of expert commentaries is part of a collaboration between Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Medscape and is designed to provide practicing clinicians with updates and analysis on a range of clinically important topics from specialists affiliated with this world-famous pediatric facility.

Latest Features from CHOP

  • A Better Way to Detect Sepsis in Kids in the ED   CHOP researchers, led by Dr Fran Balamuth, have developed a sepsis alert system that misses very few children presenting to the ED with septic shock.
  • Safety With CAR T-Cell Therapy   Dr Stephan Grupp tells the 'inside story' of issues raised at the recent FDA Oncology Drug Advisory Committee meeting on CAR T-cell therapy.
  • How One Hospital Is Addressing Youth Violence   Dr Glatter interviews CHOP physician Joel Fein about an initiative that uses screening tools, education programs, and direct casework to prevent violence in children and young adults.
  • Managing Pediatric Spinal Deformities and Complications Dr Patrick Cahill offers his perspective on managing complications in pediatric spinal surgery and tells why pediatric surgery is such a gratifying field.

Offit on Vaccines

  • Paul A. Offit, MDPaul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center and Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Paul Offit is the co-inventor of the RotaTeq® vaccine, but he receives no financial remuneration for sales of the vaccine from either the manufacturer or his employing institution
  • Stories of Science Gone Wrong: Paul Offit on His New Book Looking back at history, how many scientific inventions end up doing more harm than good? In a new book, Paul Offit, MD, tells readers seven stories about when scientists got things very wrong.
  • Fading Immunity May Be Behind Mumps Epidemic   Dr Paul Offit discusses potential weaknesses in the MMR vaccine, and ongoing efforts to address them.
  • If Children Got the HPV4 Vaccine Series, Should They Get HPV9?   Dr Paul Offit explains why those who have completed the HPV4 series should also receive HPV9.
  • The HPV Vaccine and Autoimmunity: Reviewing the Research Paul Offit reviews the evidence to respond to reader concerns about autoimmune conditions and the HPV vaccine.
  • The Rise and Fall of FluMist--Can This Spray Vaccine Be Redeemed?   Paul Offit explains why ACIP withdrew its recommendation to use FluMist preferentially to immunize children against influenza.
  • Should We Bring Back the Whole-Cell Pertussis Vaccine?   Priming with whole-cell and then finishing with acellular pertussis vaccine would better protect children from pertussis, says Paul Offit.

A Musing Pediatrician

  • L. Gregory Lawton, MDL. Gregory Lawton, MD, is a pediatrician with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Primary Care, HighPoint, Chalfont, Pennsylvania. He attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia on a scholarship from the US Air Force and completed his pediatric residency at a teaching affiliate of the University of California, Davis, at Travis Air Force Base, California. He exchanged the polyester Air Force uniform for cotton fiber in 2003 when he moved to the Philadelphia suburbs.
  • Mass Shootings vs Bridge Accidents: Which Get Action? On the 5th anniversary of Sandy Hook, pediatrician Greg Lawton asks: What if mass shootings were bridge accidents? Would we as a nation respond differently?
  • Suicide Risk in Teens: Look Everywhere Suicide is the second most common cause of death in teens. And we have to do better at identifying at-risk kids.
  • Drug Use in Parents: Why We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat A pediatrician is galvanized by a poignant interview with the children of drug-addicted parents.
  • The Fine Art of Pediatrics When everything is changing, are the main things, such as kids and parents, staying the same?