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Leading Infectious Disease Expert Joins Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Board of Directors

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Oct. 14, 2021 – The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health announced the appointment of Yvonne “Bonnie” Maldonado, MD, to its Board of Directors.

Maldonado is the Taube Professor of Global Health and Infectious Diseases and professor of pediatric infectious diseases, epidemiology, and population health at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She also directs Stanford’s Global Child Health Program and serves as the medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been at the forefront of Stanford’s research and clinical efforts, and an advisor to policymakers on how to stop virus spread.

“We’re honored to welcome one of the world’s leading experts in children’s health to our board,” said Cynthia J. Brandt, president and CEO of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. “Beyond her role in solving public health crises, Dr. Maldonado is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, which aligns with the Foundation’s goals to advance health equity. She also has extensive fundraising knowledge that will help to unlock philanthropy to transform health for children and families everywhere.”

Maldonado attended the Stanford University School of Medicine and was a resident and fellow in pediatric infectious diseases at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her leadership and accomplishments in diversity and inclusion have been widely recognized and led to her appointment as the senior associate dean for faculty development and diversity at Stanford Medicine.

Board service has been a hallmark of Maldonado’s career. She is chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases and serves on the California Water Service Group’s board of directors. She is also a board member for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and a prior member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Office of Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, Maldonado is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Pediatric Research, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and American Public Health Association.

Previously, Maldonado served in the Epidemiology Intelligence Service for the CDC, where she was awarded the Alexander D. Langmuir Prize. Maldonado has led several National Institutes of Health, CDC, USAID, Gates Foundation and WHO-funded pediatric vaccine studies, as well as studies in prevention and treatment of perinatal HIV infection in the United States, India, Mexico, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Dr. Maldonado is a champion for children’s health, and the impact of her work has been felt around the world,” said Elizabeth Dunlevie, board chair for the Foundation. “Her efforts paved the way to eradicate polio and prevented mother-to-baby transmission of HIV. I’m thrilled Dr. Maldonado is joining our board, and I am confident that she will bring that same dedication and persistence to advancing the Foundation’s mission of equitable access to high-quality care.”

About the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health unlocks philanthropy to transform health for children and families—in local communities and around the world. Through fundraising, the Foundation supports child and maternal health programs at two world-renowned institutions, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and the Stanford University School of Medicine. Learn more at and