Jason R. Hoagland, MD
Dr. Jason Hoagland joined Tanner Clinic’s pediatrics staff following training at one of the nation’s top-ranked children’s hospitals.
Dr. Hoagland completed his residency at Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s Hospital, based in Cleveland, Ohio. The hospital has been repeatedly ranked one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
A native of Southern California, Dr. Hoagland completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University, earning a degree in zoology. His M.D. was earned at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Dr. Hoagland joined Tanner Clinic in 2001 and has a thriving pediatrics practice in the Kaysville clinic.
The board-certified pediatrician is president-elect of Davis Hospital and Medical Center medical staff and has served as chair of the hospital’s Department of Pediatrics since 2010.
The father of five children, Dr. Hoagland is active in youth sports and scouting. Among his awards is the Silver Beaver, the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader, received in February 2013.
CDC Childhood Immunization Champion
By Tanner Clinic staff
April 24, 2015 — Our very own Dr. Jason Hoagland, a respected pediatrician at Tanner Clinic Kaysville, has been named the 2015 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for Utah.
The prestigious honor is awarded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). It acknowledges Dr. Hoagland for his tireless work in educating his young patients and their parents about the life-saving importance of childhood immunizations.
It was presented to the pediatrician by Linda Abel, manager of the Utah Department of Health immunization program.
Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the federal agency NCIRD, noted Dr. Hoagland’s “passion and commitment to this important cause.” She said the nation’s successful immunization program is a “direct result” of efforts on the state level by providers like Dr. Hoagland.
“We cannot overstate the value of our champions’ dedication to creating community partnerships, toward policy advancements, finding creative solutions to immunization challenges, counseling parents and speaking out in support of childhood immunization,” she said.
Hoagland is an advocate for children
Dr. Hoagland, a pediatrician at the Kaysville clinic since 2001, has always considered his role “to be an advocate for children and provide good information,” he said.
That’s exactly what impressed the CDC. In an explanation of why it chose Dr. Hoagland, it states, “Dr. Hoagland also reaches parents on a more personal level. In conjunction with other physicians, Dr. Hoagland offers classes on immunization at Davis Hospital. He regularly meets with parents who oppose vaccinating their children, often persuading them to get their children immunized. He has also authored or co-authored dozens of articles highlighting the effectiveness and necessity of immunizations.”
Dr. Hoagland also serves as the director of medical staff and pediatrics at Davis Hospital and Medical Center and is a past president of the Davis County Medical Society.
The CDC Foundation highlights Dr. Hoagland, as well as the other physicians, nurses, public health professionals and parent advocates who were named as their state’s champion, on the CDC website.
What patients are saying about Dr. Hoagland
“Dr. Hoagland is great. I appreciate his friendly manner and that he treats us as individuals. He is also great about addressing our worries and concerns and is thorough in his care. I appreciate knowing we can turn to him for knowledge and guidance when we have a concern that is pressing, even late at night. It is comforting to know that the medical care of our children is in good hands. Thank you so much!” — Cassi W., Kaysville March 15, 2016
“Dr. Hoagland has been the most wonderful, amazing doctor for our children. He genuinely cares about his patients. I would not trust anyone else with my children’s care. He has been there for us from the beginning when we had our first child and now cares for all three of our sweet kiddos. He has been on the journey of parenthood WITH us helping all along the way. We could never ever thank him enough for the comfort and peace he has given us with knowing our children are in THE BEST hands possible. Thank you Dr Hoagland for being the greatest definition of doctor there is!” — Facebook, Dec. 10, 2013
“Dr. Hoagland is an incredible doctor. I feel like he really cares about my kids. He is someone I recommend to family and friends.” — Camille on Google, July 2013
“We have been with this doctor for three years, and his quality of care is amazing. He goes the extra mile to care for your children. He gives real world advice being a father himself, and my kids love him. They feel at ease for their appointments, which makes appointments easier on me!” — Vitals.com, Jan. 29, 2009
- “Accelerated Intravenous Rehydration,” co-author of research study published inClinical Pediatrics, June 2003
- “Moyamoya, Dystonia During Hyperventilation, and Antiphospholipid Antibodies“, co-author of article published inPediatrics Neurology, Feb. 2002
Pediatrician Says His Job Is to Advocate for Children
As a pediatrician, Dr. Jason Hoagland wipes a lot of snotty noses. He wipes out diarrhea and dispenses vaccines to jittery children.
But as a specialist in children’s health, there’s one factor that makes for “a more complicated dynamic,” he says — mom.
“You have a lot of parents who are scared and worried about their kids,” says the Kaysville pediatrician. “You have to be able to take care of two people — the patient and the parent.”
Dr. Hoagland is beloved of parents, who describe him as “awesome” and “going the extra mile to care for your children” (vitals.com). But it was the affinity for children that drew him to pediatrics.
“I love working with little kids,” he says. “They always make me laugh; they have no guile.” His role is simply defined: “If they hurt, you need to make them better,” he says.
But older kids are fun too, he says, “because their personalities are coming out.”
Dr. Hoagland considers it his job to be “an advocate for children” — especially in that most important arena: immunization.
“I love any opportunity to prevent a disease instead of having a child or parent suffer through a disease.” That was his response to a news reporter asking about back-to-school vaccinations.
Information to make right decision
Dr. Hoagland acknowledges that immunizations have long been a touchy subject for some parents. As a physician, he provides good information, and then “parents have to choose what they want for their kids.”
He’ll always be cheering for the inoculation.
However, if a parent is staunchly against vaccinations, he says, “I usually won’t be able to talk them into it,” he says. He remains frustrated that such anti-immunization opinions are “not based on the evidence,” but rather individuals’ experiences and an anecdote or two.
A report issued in the late 1990s prompted an increasing number of parents to refuse or delay immunizations because of fear that inoculations increased the risk of autism and other learning disabilities. But early in 2013, research linking vaccines to autism was soundly discredited. (U.S. government report. Report by news media.) The report is now known to have contained falsified information.
Consequences of refusing vaccines
The worrisome decrease in immunizations has not resulted in more children’s deaths. That’s only because, explains Dr. Hoagland, modern medical science is able to treat the disease.
However, there are consequences to the no-immunization choice. “We have a lot of people who get really ill and have complications from not having vaccinations,” he says
For instance, the United States saw a nationwide outbreak of pertussis — better known as whooping cough — in 2012. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described the outbreak as the worst epidemic in 50 years.
Many times, the pediatrician has treated children who’ve contracted pertussis, leaving them struggling for breath. “Usually,” he adds, “once they get sick, parents start to vaccinate their kids because they realize the disease is still around.”
Vaccine Schedule: Give Kids a Shot in the Arm
Dr. Jason Hoagland, a pediatrician at Tanner Clinic in Layton, provides this schedule for the immunizations school-aged children should receive. (Some immunizations required by schools are given when the child is an infant.)
▸ Boosters for DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough)
▸ Polio — three doses if third dose was given on/after the 4th birthday
▸ MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
▸ Varicella (chickenpox)
▸ Hepatitis A
▸ Hepatitis B
Note: Some of these can be put together in combo vaccinations. Occasionally, some children are behind on their vaccine schedule and need additional vaccines before school starts.
Beginning junior high
▸ Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough) booster
▸ Varicella (chickenpox) second booster
▸ Hepatitis B
▸ Meningococcal (meningitis)
▸ Flu (not required but highly recommended for all children over 6 months of age)
▸ Human papilloma virus (better known as the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil) — not required but recommended as the only vaccine proven to prevent a cancer
Also recommended for youth in junior high and older
▸ Meningococcal (meningitis): Dr. Hoagland recommends this for those young people beginning college or entering the military because meningitis spreads most effectively in college dorms and military barracks
— Tanner Clinic staff
In the Media
Dr. Hoagland is quoted as an expert in “Experts: Children Have Too Much Screen Time” published by the Standard Examiner on August 4, 2015.
SLEEP SQUABBLE — Does your child have a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep? Dr. Hoagland addresses children’s sleep disorders in the article “Trouble getting your child to sleep at night? Some practical advice“.
Dr. Hoagland named the 2015 State Champion for promoting immunizations. Read more here.