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Top Ten Social HealthMakers: Pediatrics

With the latest information on vital topics these dedicated doctors provide the critical online resources that parents today need.

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It’s not just kids who suffer back-to-school stress. For parents, this time of year can trigger all sorts of questions: How will my child’s school deal with her food allergy? Could my first-grader have a learning disability? How can I help my son get more active? Luckily, the Top Ten Social HealthMakers: Pediatrics are here to help. 

With the latest information on vital topics—from allergies, acne and autism to childhood vaccines, healthy weight and more -- these dedicated doctors provide the critical online resources that parents today need. Read on to learn more about the Top Ten Social HealthMakers: Pediatrics.


Claire McCarthy, MD

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Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician and medical communications editor at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she writes the blog, Thriving. In addition, she is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a senior pediatrics editor for Harvard Health Publications.
Harvey Karp, MD

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Nationally renowned pediatrician and child development specialist Harvey Karp, MD is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. In pediatric practice for almost 30 years, Dr. Karp has taught thousands of parents—from working moms to celebrities such as Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer—his secrets for soothing colic, boosting infant sleep, reducing tantrums, promoting patience and making parents and children happy.
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD

4 / 11 Wendy Sue Swanson, MD

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, is a practicing pediatrician at the Everett Clinic in Mill Creek, Washington, a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and a medical staff member at Seattle Children’s Hospital. A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Swanson earned both her doctor of medicine and masters in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Jennifer Shu, MD

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Jennifer Shu, MD, is a pediatrician, author and a medical editor for, the official parenting website of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She is also the editor-in-chief of the AAP’s Baby & Child Health, and co-author of the award-winning books Heading Home with Your Newborn and Food Fights, both published by the AAP. Dr. Shu received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed her pediatric training and chief residency at the University of California in San Francisco. 
Natasha Burgert, MD

6 / 11 Natasha Burgert, MD

Fed up with bad online health information, Natasha Burgert, MD, began educating her patient families through She knew that families needed an online advocate who could consistently give practical and evidence-based advice. Through KCKidsDoc and other social media outlets, Dr. Burgert is determined to promote and encourage positive heath choices for her Kansas City community. Energized by her husband and two young children, she works full time in her pediatric practice.
Sue Hubbard, MD

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Sue Hubbard, MD, has been a practicing pediatrician with Pediatric Associates of Dallas for more than 20 years, with a special interest in adolescent medicine. She is also the Chief Medical Editor of the Emmy award-winning media company “The Kid’s Doctor,” and author of the nationally syndicated column by the same name. Dr. Hubbard attended The University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School where she graduated with honors, did her pediatric internship at the University of Texas Galveston, and then completed her residency at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

8 / 11 Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD, is a pediatrician and the CEO of Pediatrics Now, a health and communications company dedicated to providing reliable information to today’s busy families. A Fellow and national spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Council on Communications and Media, and authored the AAP’s social media parenting tips. Her newly released book, CyberSafe, empowers parents to participate with their kids and teens by understanding how and why they use the digital world.


Jen Canter, MD

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A busy mom with two sets of twins, Jen Canter, MD (Dr Jen®), is board certified in pediatrics and the accredited sub-specialty of child abuse pediatrics. With a masters degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, she earned her medical doctorate at The State University of NewYork at Buffalo and completed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Canter is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at New York Medical College, where her classes focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and neglect.


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Alan Greene, MD

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Pediatrician and author Alan Greene, MD, is the founder of the award-winning, cited by the American Medical Association as “the pioneer physician Web site” on the Internet. The associations, movements and products Dr. Greene has founded include the WhiteOut Campaign, which focuses on how babies in the United States are fed; and KidGlyphs, a free iPhone app for childhood expression and important language skills.


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Denise A. Somsak, MD

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Denise A. Somsak, MD, describes herself as a “candid, self-deprecating, idealistic pediatrician." A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she is the author of the Pensive Pediatricianblog, which raises awareness about a wide range of children's health issues, including autism, nutrition, seasonal health and behavior at school. Dr. Somsak attended medical school at The Ohio State University and finished her residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.