While I always knew that I wanted to be a doctor and help people, it was late in medical school that I decided to be a pediatrician. I found it rewarding that working with and educating children can have a significant impact on their lives. I still love seeing my patients every day.
One of my mentors encouraged me to consider transplant care, as I enjoyed the complexity, multidisciplinary care and helping the sickest of the sick. As a lung specialist, I care for children and adolescents with lung disease, lung failure and those who need lung transplantation. I serve on the Board of Directors of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN).
I am the clinical director of our Pediatric Lung Transplant Program, which provides comprehensive care to those children with end-stage lung disease that cannot be cured with medicines or surgery. While we cannot transplant every child, the lung transplant team and I will give families our time, energy and the best care possible to the child. We take care of the entire patient from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet. While we focus on the lungs, everything else may be just as important. I give my patients all the time that they need.
In my research, my colleagues and I are seeking ways to have better clinical outcomes for pediatric lung transplant patients.
Outside the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs. I like tennis and was a state champion and collegiate athlete.
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Pulmonary Medicine, Lung Transplant, Heart, Fontan Management