Maura & Gretchen are co-founders of the Little Zebra Fund. Their paths first crossed during medical genetics fellowship training, where they discovered a mutual desire to solve the health inequity facing many of their undiagnosed patients. This shared passion led to the creation of the Little Zebra Fund.

 
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Maura RZ Ruzhnikov, MD & Gretchen Kissel Foskett, MD

The decision to name the organization The Little Zebra Fund was as clear as the problem they planned to address.
There is a well-known aphorism used in medical training to remind physicians
to consider more common diagnoses first.


When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras
— Dr. Theodore Woodward

As geneticists, we specialize in making rare diagnoses after the more common diagnoses have been ruled out.
Thus, Little Zebras affectionately refers to the patients we serve & treat. 

 

Advisory Board Members

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Jon Bernstein, MD, PhD

Jon is the Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at the Stanford School of Medicine

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Keely Aguilar

Keely is mother to one of our Little Zebras and a Senior Manager of Events & Experiences for Marvel Marketers.

Audrey Foster-Barber, MD, PhD

Audrey is Associate Professor of Pediatric Neurology at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

 

 

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100% of donated funds will go directly toward the cost of genetic testing and necessary operating costs, including the vital support of our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Public Health Foundation.