In addition to patient care and research, I mentor fellows and help them define their choice of laboratory study. We have a great faculty here who offer a wide breadth of research opportunities, help our trainees on their way to becoming tomorrow's leaders, and guide them as they launch their academic medical careers.
I do something that to some people may sound like science fiction, but it works because of amazing biology – some of which we understand, and some of which we are still discovering. It also works because of the children. I am frequently awed by my patients. Children incorporate their illnesses into their sense of themselves and can take in stride what some adults might find intolerable. When we cure them, we return their sense of well-being to them, and this is incredibly satisfying.
Taking care of seriously ill children requires a team of dedicated people. I am lucky to work at a place that makes it as easy as possible to give our patients and their families the care and support they need.