Guest Blogger

Ayala Miller MD

Ayala Miller MD Dr. Ayala Miller is a resident pediatrician at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical Center. She attended the Johns Hopkins University and contributed to research on the impact of parental anxiety on child psychological, social, and academic functioning. While a student at Johns Hopkins, she wrote for Baltimore City Paper and was a contributor for J-Magazine. She graduated with Honors, receiving a Writing Seminars and then went on to attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she was the recipient of the J. Edmund and Kathryn Bradley award for Excellence in Pediatrics. Dr. Miller is a medical contributor for Fox News and a regular blogger for Dr. Manny Alvarez, the managing editor of health news at She will be completing a Health Journalism rotation with ABC news in the spring. Her interests include early childhood development and health literacy. Her passion is utilizing medical journalism as a way to raise social awareness for salient pediatric health topics.


Blog Posts by Ayala Miller MD

  • Screen-Free Play Time

    Screen-Free Play Time

    Over the years, I have observed that as our technology has become more sophisticated, parents are allowing their young children to interface more with their smart phones and tablet devices. I frequently see parents wanting to placate their energetic children in the waiting room by handing them mobile devices to play with.  While it may […]

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  • Physically Fit at Every Age

    Physically Fit at Every Age

    Campaigns such as the “Let’s Move” initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama, have brought to light an important topic: there are a resounding number of American children that obtain very limited amounts of daily exercise. However, what many parents may not know is that physical activity is important even for your newborn.  Simple activities such […]

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  • The Importance of Developmental Screening

    Developmental Screening

    The first few steps or words that a parent witnesses their child taking can be precious moments. However for some children, they may not come on time. Surveillance and screening during routine pediatric visits are essential in being able to catch developmental delays early and act on them quickly by referral to educational programs that […]

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  • Serve and Return

    Serve and Return

    The relationship that children have with their caregivers from an early age, as well as the stimuli that surround them, are integral to their overall developmental success and have been shown to have positive effects on mental health and wellbeing as they age. Research has shown that educational achievement and productivity in adulthood is impacted […]

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  • The Benefits of Early Intervention

    The Benefits of Early Intervention

    The relationships that children have with their parents and caretakers are vital in enabling them to reach their full developmental potential. While our genes may lay down the foundation, it is the experiences that children have that are the true building blocks and the mortar for them to be able to establish important connections within […]

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