I knew I wanted to work with children long before I wanted to be a physician. Their innocence and potential encourage me to inspire the next generation who could, ultimately, change the world.
As a pediatric endocrinologist, I treat all endocrine conditions, however, I work in some special areas. These special areas include congenital hypothyroidism and Type 1 diabetes. I’m very invested in health disparities which occur in children with diabetes. I am especially passionate about equal access to healthcare for patients who are at high risk for complications from diabetes.
I believe that disease and illness are not what define you — instead, it’s your life experiences. So, if you don't take your medicine because your insurance company doesn't cover it, I understand. If you missed your appointment because you don't have transportation, I empathize. I work to change my healthcare delivery to meet the needs of my patients.
In my research, I seek ways to improve the health outcomes of all children with chronic diseases, such as Type 1 diabetes.
During my free time, I am very active in community service. I explore my passion for healthcare beyond the hospital walls of Cincinnati Children’s.
MD: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY, 2002.
Residency: Pediatrics, Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2005.
Chief Residency: Pediatrics, Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2006.
Fellowship: Pediatrics, Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2009.
Health equity - health is a fundamental human right. Health equity is achieved when everyone, no matter the circumstance, has access to quality of life; diabetes - reducing health inequities in the care of diabetes patients and clinical care in diabetes, especially improving access to diabetes technology; diabetes technology - improving access to diabetes technology for the most vulnerable of patients; congenital hypothyroidism - ensuring all pediatric patients, especially those ages 0-3, receive adequate diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease; quality improvement - using quality improvement methodology to improve the lives of children with any endocrine disease; perioperative diabetes care - systematic development of protocols to ensure safe procedural outcomes for children with diabetes
Health disparities; quality improvement; health equity
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Inequities in Health Outcomes in Children and Adults With Type 1 Diabetes: Data From the T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative. Clinical Diabetes. 2021; 39:278-283.
Inequities in Diabetic Ketoacidosis Among Patients With Type 1 Diabetes and COVID-19: Data From 52 US Clinical Centers. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2021; 106:e1755-e1762.
Treatment-Induced Neuropathy of Diabetes in Youth: Case Series of a Heterogeneous and Challenging Complication. Journal of the Endocrine Society. 2020; 4.
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Hypothyroidism and Iodine Deficiency in Children on Chronic Parenteral Nutrition. Pediatrics. 2018; 141.
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