I always wanted to be a physician, and specifically a pediatrician. My father is an adult subspecialist, but I was drawn to the care of medically complex children. Now, I enjoy being the bridge between basic research and the clinic.
In my clinical practice, I specialize in treating patients with bone marrow failure and hematopoietic stem cell transplant for non-malignant diseases, with a special emphasis on Shwachman Diamond syndrome and dyskeratosis congenita. My research interests focus on translational and clinical studies in leukemogenesis and bone marrow failure related to these two conditions. I also study the complications of stem cell transplants, including bronchiolitis obliterans and fertility preservation.
I decided to pursue my research interests after my experience as a resident physician and fellow at Cincinnati Children’s. I enjoyed getting to know my patients on the bone marrow transplant and hematology/oncology units. Plus, I was mentored by two of the world’s foremost experts in the field, Dr. Stella Davies and Dr. Richard Harris, right here at Cincinnati Children’s.
After I completed my postdoctoral training, I joined the faculty of the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency at Cincinnati Children’s within the UC Department of Pediatrics. Now, in addition to clinical work and research, I serve as the co-director of the North American Shwachman Diamond Syndrome Registry.