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Dr. Greene's web site on children's health



We are dedicated to using information technology to make pediatric wisdom more accessible than ever before. Our goal is to improve children's health by informing and inspiring those who care for them.

By addressing the connection between the health of our children and the health of the environment, we strive to make a difference for both.

By providing information, wisdom, and perspective, we strive to prepare parents to become knowledgeable partners who can work with their children's physicians in a new and rich way.

We feel strongly that the Internet should enhance, not replace, the partnership between our readers and their own physicians.


In 1995, Dr. Alan Greene had a thriving pediatric practice in San Mateo, CA. He was known for being an excellent pediatrician who worked with parents and kids on health, prevention, and development issues. He spent as much time as possible with each family -- discussing, diagnosing, and providing health education at each office visit. He also gave his home phone number to many of the families with whom he worked. Despite these efforts, he still found that he wasn't able to give each family all that they needed in terms of health care information. He was frustrated and felt that he was covering only the very surface of the great depth of specific health information each individual family needed. He also found that families were scheduling appointments because "Jason has a runny nose," but what they really wanted to talk about was feeding issues, sleep issues, potty training, or other important parenting issues that health insurance may not cover. His patients would have loved to have more of his time and expertise, but there weren't enough hours in the day. What a dilemma! went online in December 1995 to address this need. The AMA has called this the pioneer physician website.

In 1996, after a life-threatening illness in the family, it became clear that providing as a free, public service was a "calling", not a business.

Parents' thirst to learn about their children's health remains strong around the world. Today we receive visits from millions of people, some located on every continent on earth (including Antarctica).