As a pediatric pulmonologist, I believe in the saying, “treat the patient, not the disease.”
While we understand quite a bit about medicine, there’s much more that remains to be discovered. In addition to applying what we know, I believe it is incredibly important to listen to the patient. I pay attention to any concerns they share or portray, whether or not they can be explained by our current understanding.
I enjoy the spontaneity and resilience of my patients and their families. I feel privileged to impact a child's life in any way. The ability to make a positive change in a child's healthcare is an honor.
My patients see many different specialists. I do my best to communicate with the entire care team, especially if I have any concerns that the pulmonary plan may affect or need more collaboration with the care team from another specialty.
From a medical standpoint, I am particularly drawn to the biomechanics of pulmonary function in patients with neuromuscular disorders. I specialize in sleep medicine and neuromuscular pulmonary medicine. I also serve as the pediatric pulmonology fellowship program director at Cincinnati Children’s.
My research focuses on how children with neuromuscular diseases adhere to their treatments and therapies. Our next steps involve researching ways to improve adherence. I also study how positive pressure can help to improve or maintain the chest wall shape.
When I’m not working, I thoroughly enjoy running and have completed a number of marathons. I like to be outdoors — working in the yard with my family or going for a walk. My family enjoys traveling, especially to the mountains and national parks.