As a pathologist, I work in a laboratory diagnosing illnesses. I relate the patient’s medical history to the laboratory findings, then analyze, discuss and diagnose. I never forget a challenging case, and I am always looking for opportunities to improve basic understanding of disease.
I was inspired to pursue my career by Edward A. Gall, MD, who was chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine from 1948 to 1971. A. J. McAdams, MD, who was chief of pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital from 1961 to 1995, also provided unflagging support and fostered an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity that attracted many outstanding faculty and dozens of trainees in Pediatric Pathology — many of whom became leaders in the field.
I have more than 50 years of experience in pediatric pathology at Cincinnati Children's. Continuing a long history of collaborative clinical research within the Division of Pathology, I focus on pathogenesis of childhood cancers, metabolic disease, liver disease and skeletal muscle disease in children and babies. My main clinical collaborators have been in gastroenterology and rheumatology. My research has resulted in more than 220 peer-reviewed publications, many published in prestigious pathology and clinical journals.
I was honored to be secretary-treasurer, and then president, of the Society for Pediatric Pathology. I also served as the chair of the Autopsy Committee for the College of American Pathologists.
In my free time, I enjoy my family by involving myself in their activities — gardening, sailing and having conversations around the dinner table.