My introduction to the care of children during medical school sparked my interest in pediatrics. I come from a family of physicians, and I admire the resiliency and optimism of children. During residency training, I was drawn toward specialization in gastroenterology. My patience and technical interests then led me to pursue advanced training in interventional endoscopy. That expertise has guided my dedication to the care of children with pancreaticobiliary disease.
As associate director of the Pancreas Care Center, I care for children with pancreas diseases ranging from pancreatitis to rare, complex disorders of the pancreas. This level of care encompasses medical and endoscopic management, including children requiring presurgical and postsurgical care.
I pay close attention to details, and I am patient and understanding with patients and families. I feel it is very important to collaborate with other specialists and care providers to optimize the overall care of my patients.
I am closely involved with the endoscopic training of the next generation of pediatric gastroenterologists. I help lead endoscopic safety and quality improvement within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as co-director of endoscopy and director of the newly established Interventional Endoscopy Center. In my research, I try to improve understanding of the endoscopic therapies that help children.
Every day I’m reminded of why I chose to dedicate my efforts to the care of children. This is what motivates me, and this is why I do what I do.
In my free time, I enjoy watching Marvel superhero movies—I’ve been a Marvel fan since my own childhood.