David Kerns’s career as a pediatrician has been largely devoted to the care of abused and neglected children. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the Medical Director for the Center for Child Protection, Department of Pediatrics, at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California, where he has served over the years as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Officer. In addition, he has been Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center. He was educated at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Northwestern University School of Medicine.
Dr. Kerns has published 35 academic journal articles as well as essays and book chapters in the field of pediatrics, and has co-authored a pediatric CD-ROM on child sexual abuse. Aside from writing and doctoring, he has occupied himself as a semi-pro musician, with incarnations as both a rock drummer and a bluegrass banjo player.
David Kerns lives in Oakland, California.