Pediatric hematologist/oncologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine
Contributions I’m most proud of:
I have worked in Brooklyn all my professional life, caring for children with blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. Sickle cell anemia is a chronic illness that primarily affects the African American community. The burden on families is devastating. I am proud of the personalized and compassionate care I give my patients, most of whom I have known their entire lives. It is a privilege to help them navigate their illness while they enjoy life, school, proms, and graduations. It has been exciting to share with them advances in care, new promising therapies, and opportunities to participate in clinical trials. I am proud of creating a space that patients consider their home — where they feel welcome, where there is always a person to listen, offer comfort and assurance that they come first.
What drives my passion for my work:
I was raised in the spirit of service and the belief that we are here for a purpose beyond our personal benefit. I have always been moved by the challenges that people face, like poverty and illness. It is especially hard to see children suffer. To be blessed in the many ways that we are, I strongly believe we have a responsibility to ensure that others are helped as well. Medicine has offered me this opportunity. It has provided me intellectual stimulation, the company of wonderful colleagues who share my dream of comforting others, and the opportunity to help children and families afflicted with chronic illness, to help relieve pain. There is truly nothing in the world better than seeing a child get better and have a smile on their face!