As a pediatric hematologist, I treat children with conditions such as hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, thrombosis (blood clots) and other blood conditions. I try to treat each patient the way I would want my family members to be cared for. It’s very important for patients and families to take an active role in their care and share in the decision-making.
I was influenced in my career choice by a wonderful pediatrician who cared for me when I was growing up. After I became a pediatrician, I chose the field of hematology because it’s so diverse and interesting. At Cincinnati Children’s, I enjoy working with our dedicated group of physicians as well as our excellent nurse care managers, social workers, child life specialists and other professionals who are so committed to supporting children with blood disorders.
In addition to patient care, I conduct research. My studies are focused on gaining a better understanding of thrombosis and its management in children. I am also involved with studies assessing different treatments for hemophilia, as well as evaluating the immune system in patients with hemophilia, both with and without inhibitors. Inhibitors are antibodies that can prevent treatments from working, which makes it more difficult to stop a bleeding episode.
Outside the hospital, I love spending time with my husband and daughter. I also enjoy traveling, reading and volunteering when I can.