Michael Cabana, MD, MPH

Chief of General Pediatrics

Dr. Michael D. Cabana is chief of General Pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and director of the General Pediatrics Fellowship Program at UCSF. Cabana treats patients in the Pediatric Acute Care Clinic and is particularly interested in asthma and the prevention of asthma in children. His research focuses on issues regarding quality of care as well as physician prescribing and practice patterns. He is a professor of pediatrics, epidemiology and biostatistics and a member of the core faculty at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1994
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health 1999


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Pediatrics 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Shenkin BN, Cabana MD. 50 Years Ago in The Journal of Pediatrics: General Pediatrics: A Study of Practice in the Mid-1960's. J Pediatr. 2018 Aug; 199:64.
  2. Cabana MD, McKean M, Beck AL, Flaherman V. A Pilot analysis of early lactobacillus rhamnosus GG for infant colic prevention. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018 Jul 26.
  3. Swartz A, Collier T, Young CA, Cruz E, Bekmezian A, Coffman J, Celedon J, Alkon A, Cabana MD. The effect of early child care attendance on childhood asthma and wheezing: A meta-analysis. J Asthma. 2018 Apr 09; 1-11.
  4. Bentz MG, Carmona N, Bhagwat MM, Thimmig LM, Saleh J, Eke U, Kokroko J, Dadasovich R, Rice B, Cabana MD. Beyond "Asian": Specific East and Southeast Asian Races or Ethnicities Associated With Jaundice Readmission. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 Apr 04.
  5. Cabana MD. Does longer breastfeeding duration decrease the risk of asthma? J Pediatr. 2018 Apr; 195:1-2.
  6. Kaiser SV, Rodean J, Bekmezian A, Hall M, Shah SS, Mahant S, Parikh K, Auerbach AD, Morse R, Puls HT, McCulloch CE, Cabana MD. Effectiveness of Pediatric Asthma Pathways for Hospitalized Children: A Multicenter, National Analysis. J Pediatr. 2018 Mar 20.
  7. Flaherman VJ, Narayan NR, Hartigan-O'Connor D, Cabana MD, McCulloch CE, Paul IM. The Effect of Early Limited Formula on Breastfeeding, Readmission, and Intestinal Microbiota: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Pediatr. 2018 Mar 13.
  8. Jackson DJ, Bacharier LB, Mauger DT, Boehmer S, Beigelman A, Chmiel JF, Fitzpatrick AM, Gaffin JM, Morgan WJ, Peters SP, Phipatanakul W, Sheehan WJ, Cabana MD, Holguin F, Martinez FD, Pongracic JA, Baxi SN, Benson M, Blake K, Covar R, Gentile DA, Israel E, Krishnan JA, Kumar HV, Lang JE, Lazarus SC, Lima JJ, Long D, Ly N, Marbin J, Moy JN, Myers RE, Olin JT, Raissy HH, Robison RG, Ross K, Sorkness CA, Lemanske RF. Quintupling Inhaled Glucocorticoids to Prevent Childhood Asthma Exacerbations. N Engl J Med. 2018 03 08; 378(10):891-901.
  9. Rosen R, Vandenplas Y, Singendonk M, Cabana M, DiLorenzo C, Gottrand F, Gupta S, Langendam M, Staiano A, Thapar N, Tipnis N, Tabbers M. Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Clinical Practice Guidelines: Joint Recommendations of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018 03; 66(3):516-554.
  10. Durack J, Kimes NE, Lin DL, Rauch M, McKean M, McCauley K, Panzer AR, Mar JS, Cabana MD, Lynch SV. Delayed gut microbiota development in high-risk for asthma infants is temporarily modifiable by Lactobacillus supplementation. Nat Commun. 2018 Feb 16; 9(1):707.
  11. Sung V, D'Amico F, Cabana MD, Chau K, Koren G, Savino F, Szajewska H, Deshpande G, Dupont C, Indrio F, Mentula S, Partty A, Tancredi D. Lactobacillus reuteri to Treat Infant Colic: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2018 Jan; 141(1).
  12. Lang JE, Fitzpatrick AM, Mauger DT, Guilbert TW, Jackson DJ, Lemanske RF, Martinez FD, Strunk RC, Zeiger RS, Phipatanakul W, Bacharier LB, Pongracic JA, Holguin F, Cabana MD, Covar RA, Raissy HH, Tang M, Szefler SJ. Overweight/obesity status in preschool children associates with worse asthma but robust improvement on inhaled corticosteroids. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 Apr; 141(4):1459-1467.e2.
  13. Sung V, Cabana MD. Probiotics for Colic-Is the Gut Responsible for Infant Crying After All? J Pediatr. 2017 Dec; 191:6-8.
  14. Carmona N, Bentz MG, Bhagwat MM, Cabana MD. Newborn Skin Findings in the Nursery. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Sep 01; 9922817732620.
  15. McKean M, Caughey AB, Yuracko McKean MA, Cabana MD, Flaherman VJ. Postpartum Depression: When Should Health Care Providers Identify Those at Risk? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Sep 01; 9922817733696.
  16. Cabana MD, McKean M, Caughey AB, Fong L, Lynch S, Wong A, Leong R, Boushey HA, Hilton JF. Early Probiotic Supplementation for Eczema and Asthma Prevention: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. 2017 Sep; 140(3).
  17. Cabana MD, Merenstein DJ. Probiotics in the Child Care Center: Context Matters. Pediatrics. 2017 08; 140(2).
  18. Beck AL, Fernandez A, Rojina J, Cabana M. Randomized Controlled Trial of a Clinic-Based Intervention to Promote Healthy Beverage Consumption Among Latino Children. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Aug; 56(9):838-844.
  19. Kaiser SV, Rodean J, Bekmezian A, Hall M, Shah SS, Mahant S, Parikh K, Morse R, Puls H, Cabana MD. Rising utilization of inpatient pediatric asthma pathways. J Asthma. 2018 Feb; 55(2):196-207.
  20. Cabana MD. The Role of Hydrolyzed Formula in Allergy Prevention. Ann Nutr Metab. 2017; 70 Suppl 2:38-45.

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