I have had an interest in pediatric endocrine pathophysiology since medical school. I’m attracted to this field because of the treatment courses I am able to be a part of with families.
As a pediatric endocrinologist, I have a special interest in neuro-oncology, which pertains to the endocrine needs of patients who have cancers of the brain or spinal cord. I also treat patients with septo-optic dysplasia, which is a disorder of early brain development that involves the optic nerves and other brain structures.
Neuro-oncology and septo-optic dysplasia require a multidisciplinary approach, and patients with these conditions connect with physicians in multiple specialties. This team approach allows for consistent communication among providers and with the patient and family. With every patient and family, I strive to provide exceptional care.
In my research, I am involved in studies pertaining to my clinical interests (neuro-oncology and septo-optic dysplasia), as well as quality improvement and how it pertains to inpatient care. I am specifically looking at ways to decrease adverse events with high-risk medications such as insulin. My research has resulted in the development of the Diabetes Day Hospital Program, a reduction in inpatient insulin errors throughout the institution, and the continuation of home insulin pumps during hospitalizations.
When I’m not working with patients, I enjoy spending time with my family and sewing. I also take care of my dog, who has diabetes.
Pediatric endocrinology; septo-optic dysplasia; endocrine disease related to brain tumors; inpatient delivery of diabetes care
Septo-optic dysplasia; endocrine disease related to brain tumors; inpatient delivery of diabetes care
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Endocrinology, Brain Tumor