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Stella Dao

MD ’92

Dr. Dao is chief of occupational medicine/employee health for Kaiser Permanente in the Sacramento area. She is also the medical consultant for the medical device company, Dao Health. Shortly after delivering premature twins, Dr. Dao discovered that traditional breast pumps created a barrier for busy mothers in many situations, including working in a busy emergency room. From this experience emerged the Freemie breast pump, a hands-free, concealable system built to accommodate working woman. Dr. Dao’s innovation has eliminated this barrier to lactation, making a significant impact on breastfeeding rates and creating a fundamental cultural shift, allowing women to express breast milk in public, social, and professional settings.