What is your job at Children’s? Describe your role.
I am a pediatric neurologist. Pediatric neurology is a medical field focusing on the growth and development of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and muscles. There is significant overlap with developmental pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), ophthalmology, genetics, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. My job is similar to a detective. I look for clues in a patient’s history and physical exam to find out why something is happening and what can be done about it. Not all of the symptoms we see are necessarily abnormal.
We’re fortunate that there has been tremendous progress in diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions over the past few decades. The work is far from complete, but we can offer so much more to patients today than when I first started in neurology 20 years ago.
How long have you worked at Children’s?
I’ve only been here a couple of months, but I’m originally from the Midwest, so the Twin Cities already feels like home.
What do you love most about your job?
I most enjoy teaching. Many of the conditions we diagnose need to be explained well in order for parents to understand what is going on with their child. I try to do that with all of my patients, but those light-bulb moments are especially gratifying.
Everything; a cowboy, scuba diver, race-car driver, drummer, police officer, astronaut, president, boxer, baseball player!
I still want to be a race-car driver.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Bicycling. I try to ride every day when it’s not too cold.