Dr. Lisa M. Asta majored in biology at Johns Hopkins University, graduated from Temple University School of Medicine, and completed her pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

She is Board Certified in pediatrics, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Asta is the past chair of pediatrics at John Muir Health, Walnut Creek and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She practiced pediatrics in Walnut Creek and has developed content for WebMD, Rx.com, and mylifepath.com. She has written for many parenting magazines and been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Parenting Magazine, and American Baby as well as online sites like the Bump and the RadioMD podcast “Healthy Children.” Her commentaries have aired on KQED, and she has lectured on environmental health with Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Her international work includes volunteering with ReSurge International. She had provided pre- and post-operative care to hundreds of children in Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

She has published nonfiction essays in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, and The New Physician. Her short stories have appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, and Schuylkill, among others.