As a neonatologist, I have expertise in caring for critically ill newborns and infants with a focus on family-centered care. Through approaches to care that support family engagement and healthy attachment, our team in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) works toward achieving the healthiest possible futures for our patients.
Families are the most important members of our healthcare team. I’m inspired by the unique bond between infants and families and the impact relationships have on lifelong health. I believe that it is essential to form active partnerships with families in the NICU. These partnerships focus on the infant’s health, wellness and the strength of natural family bonding.
I provide personalized healthcare that is truly tailored to each patient and family. This approach is with an eye towards the continued transformation of our culture of care into one that is fully family-integrated.
Our patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do. I provide the highest quality, individualized care with an emphasis on helping families feel knowledgeable, confident and empowered in the care and medical decision-making for their child.
I have concentrated my research efforts on the care of critically ill and medically complex patients, such as premature infants and those with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. This research includes looking at the best ways to support and educate families facing hospitalization for a critically ill child.
Through a variety of projects and formats, my research focuses on how to:
- Best communicate with families and empower families to participate in their infant’s care
- Collaborate with families in critical decision-making
- Facilitate family engagement
- Improve the experience of patients and families in the NICU
I also have an interest in medical education and in partnering with family members of our patients as teachers for medical trainees and staff.
In my free time, I love to be with family and friends. I also enjoy cooking and baking as often as I can.
Neonatology; family-centered care; bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Trainee education; quality improvement
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia BPD, Neonatology