Dr. David J. Durand is Named Chief of Pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
February 13, 2013
Oakland, Calif. – David J. Durand, MD, has been appointed Chief of Pediatrics and Senior Vice President at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.
As Chief of Pediatrics, Dr. Durand will lead Children’s Oakland’s 201 hospital-based physicians to integrate clinical care, research, education, and community service activities at the 100-year-old, not-for-profit pediatric medical center. Dr. Durand will continue to develop Children’s Oakland’s affiliations and collaborations with other hospitals, community-based programs, and universities, and be instrumental in the ongoing development of clinical programs and translational research at the hospital’s research arm, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).
"An accomplished and well-respected clinician and scientist, Dr. Durand has been an effective clinical leader and member of Children’s Medical Staff for years,” said Bertram Lubin, MD, Children’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Children’s Oakland is fortunate to have him in an integral leadership role as we embark on our next century of care.”
A board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist, Dr. Durand has been with Children’s Oakland’s Medical Staff since 1984, most recently serving as the Director of Neonatology. Children’s Oakland operates a 39-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) delivering highly-specialized intensive care to critically ill and premature infants.
A renowned researcher, Dr. Durand is a Clinical Scientist at CHORI. He has authored multiple research publications and book chapters. Dr. Durand’s research activities include the prevention of lung injury in critically ill infants, and therapies to prevent brain injury in newborn infants. Dr. Durand is currently funded by the Department of the Army for a study exploring the role of clinical decision support in fluid and nutrition management of NICU patients, and the management of sepsis and shock in pediatric intensive care patients.
In addition to his clinical and research work, Dr. Durand has been a State and national leader in collaborative neonatal quality improvement, including work with the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC), and as a founding member of the Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC), a national benchmarking and quality improvement effort.
Dr. Durand is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Durand completed his medical residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland and his fellowship in neonatology at Mt. Zion Hospital Medical Center in San Francisco.