I enjoy taking care of patients who are admitted to the hospital because I am able to work with a big team of dedicated practitioners who place the patient and family at the center of our care.
My clinical focus is on pediatric hospital medicine, which allows me to care for kids and young adults of all ages with a wide range of diagnoses. My specialty is to provide care for medically complex patients who often have important technology and distinct medical needs. Partnering with families and getting to know their children over time is a highlight of my job.
I am also dedicated to educating medical trainees, including medical students, residents and fellows. Teaching and mentoring these learners allows me not only to train future pediatricians, but also to learn from and collaborate with energetic and passionate colleagues every day.
My research interests lie in quality improvement, clinical research and medical education. I enjoy considering how to improve processes that affect patient care and operations, such as how to efficiently discharge patients from the hospital so they can return to their active home lives as soon as possible. My clinical research focuses primarily on acute respiratory illnesses and how to standardize the care we provide to patients admitted with these diseases. I also have experience in implementing educational programs to teach and assess pediatric trainees.
My certifications include:
- Pediatrics, 2009
- Pediatric Hospital Medicine, 2019
Throughout my career, I am honored to have received several awards, including:
- Faculty Teaching Award (2013) nominated by the graduating pediatric residents in recognition of my teaching abilities
- Patient Education Advocacy Award (2016) to recognize health literacy efforts to better communicate discharge instructions to families
- Junior Faculty Clinical Care Achievement Award (2017) nominated by my mentors and peers
Personally, I enjoy going to restaurants, traveling and spending time with my friends and family, including my three kids.
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics