As a pediatric hospitalist, I care for children and adults admitted to the hospital. I work at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Liberty and Burnet campuses and consult as an internist for adult patients admitted to Cincinnati Children's.
My approach to care means treating my patients in the way I would want my daughter to be cared for if she were sick. I use a collaborative approach with caregivers and older patients. And I use kindness to help patients feel more at ease during difficult times. I believe the entire team, including the family, has the same goal of helping the patient get better. If we all work together, we can often achieve this goal more quickly.
My patients are often children with a wide variety of illnesses and medical needs who require hospital care. These medical needs may include infectious diseases, respiratory illnesses, chronic disease like diabetes and asthma, and recovery after an injury or surgery.
Working as a team, I often assist other pediatricians, family practitioners, general surgeons and subspecialty physicians in caring for both children and adult patients at Cincinnati Children’s.
I always knew I wanted a career in the sciences, and after college it was clear that a career in medicine would bring me the most satisfaction and joy. After completing a residency in both internal medicine and pediatrics, I realized that I enjoyed the faster paced work as a hospitalist.
A pediatric rheumatologist I know inspired me to become a pediatric doctor. This doctor has an excellent balance of talking at a level her patients can understand, but also with enough detail that parents get the knowledge they need to participate in their child’s care.
If I had not gone into medicine as a career, I would have trained to become a chef since the science of cooking intrigues me. I also enjoy playing outside with my daughter and going to the many parks here in Cincinnati.
Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics