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.


  • Behavioral Health Takes Center Stage at PAS 2023   If you missed this year's PAS meeting, here is a brief overview of the latest studies in pediatric behavioral health from CHOP's Katie Lockwood.
  • Advice on Antibiotics For Kids During Shortages Prescribing antibiotics for children with viral infections has led to a shortage of the most commonly used antibiotics.
  • The New 5-Minute Concussion Test Along with a video demonstration, CHOP's Dr Daniel Corwin tells Medscape how this rapid clinical test, known as the VVE, has both diagnostic and prognostic value in youth concussion.
  • School's Open: Should Our Approach to Sick Kids Change? Colds, flu, COVID, asthma. They are all likely to show up in medical offices this fall. How should these children be evaluated and managed?


Paul A. Offit, MD Paul 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.


L. Gregory Lawton, MD L. 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.


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents.