Dr. Nora Pfaff is a pediatric hospitalist, a specialist in caring for infants, children and adolescents who are hospitalized. She manages their care with the support of multidisciplinary teams. She also provides sedation services in the hospital to alleviate anxiety and pain during procedures that don't require general anesthesia.
As assistant director of the UCSF Northern California Neonatal and Pediatric Hospital Medicine Consortiums, Pfaff leads consensus guideline creation for UCSF and affiliated community hospitals. The goal is to improve and standardize the care delivered to all patients.
Pfaff's research focuses on improving the quality and scope of care that UCSF provides to hospitalized patients. She looks specifically at delivering preventive care in the hospital by screening patients and their families to ascertain their needs, then providing individualized care to meet those needs.
After earning a bachelor's degree in molecular cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Pfaff earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, followed by a fellowship in hospital medicine at UCSF.
Pfaff is passionate about promoting the health of children and families on a larger scale. She works in legislative advocacy on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics.