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Lisa Patel received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. After college, she worked in Egypt, Brazil, and India on international development projects with community-based organizations and non-profits, focusing on conservation and development efforts. She then obtained her Master's in Environmental Sciences from the Yale School of the Environment and went on to be a Presidential Management Fellow for the Environmental Protection Agency, coordinating the US Government's efforts on clean air and safe drinking water projects in South Asia in collaboration with the World Health Organization. Realizing the critical and inextricable links between children's health and environmental issues, she obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed her residency in pediatrics at UCSF. For the last several years, she has used her extensive experience working for government, community organizations, and non-profits to advocate for children's health priorities in the US. She is previously the co-chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy Committee, California Chapter 1 (AAP-CA1) and in her time helped launch the inaugural Advocating for Children Together conference for Northern California that is now a yearly occurrence. She co-founded the Climate and Health task force for AAP-CA1, and sits on the Executive Committee for the AAP's national Council on Environmental Health. She is the Advocacy and Policy Lead for the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research where she focuses on climate change and health. She is also the rotation director for the pediatric resident's Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Rotation.

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatrics

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Director of the Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Rotation, Stanford (2019 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Trudy A. Specinar Award, national honor for significant contributions by new employees to the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency (2007)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Executive Committee Member, Council on Environmental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics (2020 - Present)
  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) (2020 - Present)
  • Co-Chair of the Climate and Health Task Force, American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 1 (2019 - Present)
  • Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 1 (2017 - 2019)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (2014)
  • Residency: UCSF Pediatric Residency (2014) CA
  • Medical Education: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2011) MD
  • MESc, Yale School of the Environment, CT (2005)


All Publications

  • COVID-19 Solutions Are Climate Solutions: Lessons From Reusable Gowns Frontiers in Public Health Baker, N. M., Bromley-Dulfano, R., Chan, J., Gupta, A., Herman, L., Jain, N., Taylor, A. L., Lu, J., Pannu, J., Patel, L., Prunicki, M. 2020

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