Posts by Lisa McMahan

Child kneeling on bed playing with toys and looking inside of an open suitcase with clothes and medications in it

Prevent medicine-related poisonings this summer

Summertime in Oregon is here and with the state reopening, long-awaited family vacations and visits with loved ones may be resuming. Medicine goes with us as we travel and can be an overlooked...

Teenager wearing a mask rolls up sleeve to show a bandage on her upper arm. A large outdoor tent is in the background.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for kids?

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for kids 12+? How do we know? Visit our COVID-19 vaccine page for more information or to make an appointment. Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) approved for children...

Close-up shot of person cradling a small infant. They are standing in front of a bright window.

COVID-19 and infant care: Your questions, answered

Caring for a newborn is challenging for many reasons – but adding a pandemic to the mix often means extra stress. We sat down with Dr. Angela Douglas, a NICU and pediatric hospitalist who cares for...

A smiling baby in a high chair wearing a felt crown touches his mom's face as she crouches beside him.

Tiny big moments: the story behind Foxbox

It all started with a baby and his fox.  In July of 2019, Cypress had just turned 4 months old. His pediatrician sent him to the OHSU Doernbecher Emergency Department, where his mom, Kat,...

A toddler sits on a red tractor seat. The tractor is on a wooden platform and attached with a chain.

Embracing Compassion, building community

Every Saturday, children affected by pediatric cancer and their families gather at a small farm in Sherwood, Oregon. On Sundays, local community members come together to do farm maintenance and help...

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Preventing poisonings at home

The Oregon Poison Center at OHSU received more than 50,000 calls from families and healthcare providers in our service area in 2020. The majority of poison exposure calls came from families who...

Left: Young man holding blue, purple, gold and black Air Jordan 14 Retro sneaker. Right: Same person, older, holding the sneaker and standing in a bedroom. Football jersey behind him reads "Ellis #39."

Every sneaker has a story

2019 was a big year for Ethan Ellis: he got a new heart, and he designed a Nike sneaker. Ethan was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He underwent three...

Adult and child, both wearing cloth masks outdoors. Adult is hugging child.

Q&A: Kids and the COVID-19 vaccine

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, parents and caregivers have a lot of questions about how best to keep their kids healthy and well. Below, our experts answer some frequently asked...

A young child and his mother stand side-by-side, smiling, in front of a camp cabin

Finding community at camp

Twelve-year-old Alijah was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). He’s been treated at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital since he was born, and has...