We at Children's Hospital Foundation believe that all children should have the best that healthcare can offer. Our experienced leadership and dedicated staff reflects Children’s commitment to excellence in everything we do. 

Bertram Lubin, MD
President & Chief Executive Officer

Bert Lubin, MD joined Children's Hospital in 1973 as Chief of Hematology/Oncology. He was attracted by the opportunity to work in a medical center devoted to children, for the diverse patient population the hospital served and for the opportunity to create an academic, non-university based medical center that excelled in primary, secondary, and tertiary care, commitment to its community, teaching residents and sub-specialists, and conducting nationally and internationally recognized medical research.
Dr. Lubin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, completed a residency in pediatrics at the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, subspecialty training at Boston Children’s Hospital and was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor for six years prior to his move to Children’s Hospital Oakland.
He has served on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) committees, community-based health consortiums, and university panels across the United States. He has secured and directed NIH grants for 36 years in a variety of areas. His research has focused on studies of red cell membrane structure in normal and pathologic states, clinical and basic research related to sickle cell anemia, public health initiatives related to newborn screening for hemoglobin disorders and national cord blood banking programs. Children's Hematology/Oncology department has dramatically grown under his leadership and is recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding care of children with malignancies, sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, and hemophilia.
In 1984 Dr. Lubin became the Director of Medical Research at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Under his leadership, basic, clinical and translational research activities expanded. He transformed a small research program into a highly successful enterprise called Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). In 2008 CHORI ranked 6th in the nation for NIH awards to children's hospitals. CHORI now serves as the research arm of the medical center.

Picture of Betsy Biern , Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer Betsy Biern, MBA
Senior Vice President &
Chief Development Officer

Betsy Biern joined Children's Hospital in 2012. She brings an extensive background in strategic, managerial, and fundraising leadership to her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Children's Hospital Foundation.

Betsy comes to Children's from the American Asthma Foundation, where she served as the Executive Director. Prior to The American Asthma Foundation, Betsy was Vice President for Development at The Brookings Institution. Preceding The Brookings Institution, she was Regional Vice President with Community Counseling Service Co., LLC (CCS), an international fundraising consulting and management firm. While at CCS, her client work included conducting planning studies and assessments, and designing and managing campaigns for clients in the healthcare, higher education, association, cultural, and global health arenas.

Betsy serves as a Trustee of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. She also serves on the Board of the East Bay Business Leadership Council and the Jobs and Housing Coalition. Betsy holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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