One of The Leading Treatment Centers for Sickle Cell Disease is in…
Did you know that UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of treating children and young adults living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)? This disease has an abnormal shaped protein in the blood that causes extreme pain, infection and even stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “it is estimated that SCD affects 100,000 Americans” (www.cdc.gov).
Meet a Pediatric Hematology Oncologist Who is Working Hard at Treating and Easing The Physical Pain That Goes Along with Blood Disorders, such as Sickle Cell Disease.
This week in the 2RNs Who’s Who in the Hospital series we wanted to bring to light an amazing doctor who is the director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She has focused her career on helping children with blood disorders. In addition, she has conducted research, including a project to show how virtual reality therapy can be used as distraction to change how patients with sickle cell disease perceive pain.
Find out the three things that drew this physician to her specialty and more.
*1) What drew you to your specialty? “The complex medical management of patients with blood disorders and cancer, coupled with the intimate longitudinal relationships that we form with children and families and the opportunity to practice both in the inpatient and outpatient domains are the three main things that attracted me to the field of pediatric hematology-oncology.”
*2) Is there something that you do to connect with your patients? “The most beautiful way to connect is to be fully present and simply listen to their story.”
*3) Do you have a patient or case that touched you the most? “For me, it’s no longer one case or patient that stands out, but more so the cumulative experience of grief and loss that I’ve witnessed that has influenced me the most.”
*4) What is one thing that you still have on your bucket list? “Rafting the Grand Canyon.”
*5) If you couldn’t be a doctor what would you want to be? “A teacher.”
*6) What is the hardest part of the job? “Witnessing families grieve the loss of a child.”
Part II: Specific Questions for a Hematology Oncologist
7) Is there a research project you have worked on that you are most proud of? “My colleagues and I were able to show that virtual reality is a tool that can help children cope with pain.”
8) Do you donate blood and if so how often “Yes! That reminds me, I need to call and make an appointment!”
9) Is there anything you want people to know about what you do that they may or may not know? “I play ice hockey and can do yo-yo tricks.”
Click on the link for more information about UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program and this caring and compassionate doctor –
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