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Debra A. Babcock, MD

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Debra A. Babcock, MD

Board Certified Pediatrician and Partner
Altos Pediatric Associates
  Los Altos, California, USA

Dr. Debra Babcock is a board certified pediatrician practicing general pediatrics in Los Altos, California, for over 25 years. Dr. Babcock is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a partner at Altos Pediatric Associates in Los Altos, CA. Dr. Babcock obtained her undergraduate degree with honors in Biology from Stanford University, her MD from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Babcock has held positions as Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, Consulting Pediatrician for the Brown University Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, where she has also been Chair of Pediatric Continuing Medical Education since 2006. She has been a preceptor for medical students, physician assistants and pediatric residents at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Babcock served on the National Sleep Foundation’s Pediatric Sleep Task Force, which focused on infant sleep and medications for childhood insomnia, as well as the Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Advisory Board. Most recently, she has been a member of the Jazz Pharmaceuticals Advisory Board for the development of a screening tool for pediatric narcolepsy.


Babcock, D. Invited pre-publication review of: Moon, R ed., Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know, The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013.

Babcock, D. Evaluating Sleep and Sleep Disorders in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting. In: Owens JA and Mindell JA, eds., Pediatric Sleep Medicine Update, Pediatric Clinics of North America, Philadelphia, Elsevier Saunders, 2011: 58(3), p. 543-554.

Owens, J.A., Babcock, D., Blumer, J., et al., The use of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of pediatric insomnia in primary care: rational approaches. A consensus meeting summary. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 1(1): 49-59, 2005.

Carskadon, M., Millman, R., Rosenberg, C., Babcock, D. and Rosekind, M. Cephalometric measurements may predict sleep disordered breathing due to nasal occlusion in adolescents. Sleep Research, 18:213, 1989.

Bell, I., Rosekind, M., Palmer, M., Babcock, D., Guilleminault, C and Dement, W. MMPI and sleep-habit profiles of young adults with different degrees of post-prandial drowsiness. Sleep Research, 18:138, 1977.

Rosekind, M., Babcock, D., Carskadon, M., Mitler, M. and Dement, W. Dose level and efficacy of Sandoz 51-676 on chronic insomniacs. Sleep Research 6:80, 1977.

Babcock, D., Narver, E., Dement, W., and Mitler, M., Effects of imipramine, chloriminpramine and fluoxetine on cataplexy in dogs. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 5:559-602, 1976.

Babcock, D., Narver, E., Mitler, M. and Dement, W. Cataplexy in dogs II: Effects of imipramine, chlorimipramine and fluoxetine on cataplexy in dogs. Sleep Research, 5:154, 1976.

Rosekind, M., Phillips, R., Rappaport, J., Babcock, D. and Dement, W. Effects of the waterbed surface on sleep: A pilot study. Sleep Research, 5:132, 1976.

Babcock, D., Review of previously published article by Parks, J.D. and Fenton, G.W., “Levo(-)Amphetamine and Dextro(+)Amphetamine in the treatment of Narcolepsy,” Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 36:1976-1081, 1973 in Sleep Reviews 74-VIII, p. R74-109, August 23, 1974.