What inspired you to go into medicine?
There was this immense calling to be able to help living creatures of all forms and shapes - human, animal and otherwise – and to take away pain and suffering and to replace it with tenderness and hope. As a child, that was achieved by caring for wounded birds and abandoned animals. As an adult, that was in the practice of medicine. Finding pediatrics was as certain and beautiful as coming home. Pediatric gastroenterology was exciting, unique and challenging with entities that needed curiosity, contemplation and discovery.
What do you do as a provider at MGHfC?
I am a pediatric gastroenterologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of liver and biliary disease in newborns, children and adolescents. As a member of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program, I am involved in the medical care of our liver transplant patients. As part of the Pediatric Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Disease Center, I help care for all forms of pancreatic disease in children. We have a robust research portfolio and academic presence at Harvard Medical School that allows us to collaborate with brilliant scientists across the university and colleges as we endeavor toward novel advances in the understanding and treatment of disease.
What gives you the greatest joy in your profession?
My greatest joy is most certainly when I see a child feel better and how wonderful that is for the entire family. It is an immensely beautiful and sustaining experience.