“She never hesitates to go the extra mile.”
Dr. Janet Stafford likes to paint watercolors of odd plants and fallen leaves. She enjoys bringing out the unusualness of her subjects, cherishing their beauty. She approaches her work in much the same way — focusing on what is special about each child or adolescent, and encouraging them to let their uniqueness shine.
An amazing, thoughtful, and generous physician, Dr. Stafford is a great mentor and role model to the kids she serves. Her relationships with patients and their parents often continue long after they’ve outgrown the need for a pediatrician. She never hesitates to go the extra mile, whether it’s meeting a troubled teen for coffee or loaning her house or car to a victim of domestic violence.
Dr. Stafford worked in a microbiology lab and as a medical social worker before deciding to combine the best of both worlds and become a doctor. Never one to keep an elevated distance from patients, she believes her relationship to kids and their families is a partnership — her job is to educate and help them feel comfortable and part of a team.
An avid traveler, Dr. Stafford has been to 37 countries and hopes someday to practice international medicine. For now, though, the San Francisco Medical Center is fortunate to have this compassionate caregiver extraordinaire in its midst.