Robin Steinhorn has spent much of her medical career on groundbreaking research aimed at helping our world’s most fragile humans – newborn infants struggling to take their first breaths.
Now Steinhorn’s singular focus has broadened far beyond the neonatal intensive care unit.
Appointed medical director of UC Davis Children’s Hospital almost two years ago, Steinhorn is creating a powerhouse of pediatric care that she believes is well on its way to national prominence.
"There’s no question in my mind that we’re poised to harness our considerable assets and take the children’s hospital to the next level," Steinhorn says.
"When we create healthy children, we create healthy families and a healthy future for our society.
And I truly believe the energy and commitment that exists throughout UC Davis Health System helps us elevate our children’s hospital to the highest caliber."
With that in mind, Steinhorn hit the ground running. Her first priority was to develop a deeper bench of clinicians and investigators, a phase she called essential to ensuring the 129-bed hospital can expand services to better meet the needs of the entire Northern California region.
To ensure a bright future, Peter Cala believes it’s crucial to help bright young people maximize their full potential.
The UC Davis professor and Arline Miller Rolkin Endowed Chair in Physiology and Membrane Biology is heavily involved in efforts to nurture junior academics.
For his dedication to mentorship, Cala has earned a dean’s award from UC Davis Health System.
“I was fortunate to have had a number of dedicated and enthusiastic mentors, and it was a great help to me,” said Cala, whose research focuses on ways to prevent cell damage associated with a restricted blood supply.
“I want to be sure that the next generation has the same opportunities and advantages that I enjoyed.”